Each year, in June, Black Pepper Software runs a Hackathon, focused on solving problems for social good.

For those that don't already know, a Hackathon is usually a 24-hour coding competition where software programmers, developers and designers come together to try to build something innovative. Sometimes something amazing happens, equally sometimes the idea doesn't work out at all! It's all about experimenting and learning.

Last year Black Pepper donated the time of the entire organisation to Hack solutions to problems for local, charitable organisations. Black Pepper subsequently committed 25 additional working days to these local charity projects.

Upcoming Health Hack

We'll run our first virtual hackathon on June 25th. The topic for this hack is health and anything related to health.

The 24-hour hack will start at 12 noon on 25th June, finishes at 12 noon on 26th June.

There are different ways to contribute.

You can suggest an idea that supports the healthcare system or any other organisation related to health. If you have a health problem that you’d like to put forward for support then contact us at healthhack@blackpepper.co.uk. The deadline for submitting ideas is 18th June 2020

Another way to participate is by solving a challenge. This option is open to all Black Pepper staff, friends and clients. You can join as an individual or you can sign up as a team. We're looking for around 12 teams of up to 4. The deadline for registration is midnight on Wednesday 24th June. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. They will be allocated by a judging panel of innovation experts.

Register to attend the Hackathon using the ‘Registration Form’

The hackathon is sponsored by local favourite:

Birtelli s Pizza Kit Outline RGB Web
Crafted artisan pizza made from the finest natural British ingredients.

Past Hackathons

For our 20th birthday we wanted to do something good for the local community. We invited local organisations and charities to submit a problem for us to try and solve using technology.

During 24h the entire company focused on 7 projects:

1. Improve Volunteer application form for Helping Hands
2. Develop Helping Hands Rota
3. Create automatic update of House2Home Stock Record
4. Correct Myton Hospice payment webpage
5. Reform Canalside Community Farm database
6. Create new VUI Fitness app
7. Dementia Training

Discover more in the video below!

PR20th B day Hack

Press Release

Black Pepper Software celebrates 20-year anniversary with charitable offer


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