Peterborough to host first 32-hour ‘Hackathon’ challenge to build Smart City using Internet of Things
Peterborough to host first 32-hour ‘Hackathon’ challenge to build Smart City using Internet of Things

Could you solve a local or global challenge using the Internet of Things (IoT) in just 32 hours?

This is the question being posed by Allia in the latest instalment of their Serious Impact Challenge Weekends. Taking place this weekend, 24-25 June, >Sudo Hack will challenge teams to develop a solution to a real-world problem, using the Internet of Things (IoT) and making use of one of the country’s leading prototyping facilities, at the Allia Future Business Centre in Peterborough.

Teams will have access to an IoT ‘starter pack’ of sensors and hardware, with the opportunity to test solutions in carefully designed challenge environments, using a range of IoT radio networks, to simulate various parts of a smart city.

Supported by Digital Catapult and Real VNC, the overnight event follows the success of Allia’s ‘Cambridge Hack’, a transport themed Challenge Weekend.

‘The Internet of Things is growing exponentially, and so is its potential to make a positive impact on people, planet or place.’ Says Paul Hughes, Director of Enterprise Support at Allia, ‘we want to encourage >SudoHack participants to leverage this growing technology and create innovative solutions to local and global challenges, in just 32 hours. At their disposal will be all of the amazing kit in the Innovation Lab, with experts on hand to host workshops and offer support’

Teams for the >SudoHack will arrive at the centre for a welcome and introduction to the facilities on Saturday morning. Over the following 32 hours, with meals and snacks provided, they will choose their challenge then design, prototype and test their solution before giving a live demo to an expert panel on Sunday afternoon.

Winning teams will be selected for each challenge, as well as an overall winner for the best demo of the weekend, who will walk away with £500 to develop their idea.

Anyone interested in taking their idea forward after the weekend will also be able to arrange a meeting with one of the Serious Impact team, to offer advice on their next steps.

There’s still time to secure a place at >SudoHack, for more information and to register visit

About Allia Serious Impact

Serious Impact Incubators and Accelerators are aimed specifically at impact entrepreneurs and ventures within the Greater Cambridgeshire and Greater Peterborough LEP area. Serious Impact aims to grow the number of impact entrepreneurs and ventures across the region; reduce the failure rate of those that are launched; help create sustainable employment and support underrepresented groups.

About the Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab is a unique, new, high spec Innovation Lab in the Allia Future Business Centre in Peterborough offering rapid prototyping, creation and testing facilities, with full-time technical support. There is a small fee to use the Innovation Lab of £36 per month. For more information or to find out how to access visit

About >SudoHack

Serious Impact Challenge Weekends aren’t just a chance to form new peer groups among tech leaders in smart-cities, agri tech, clean-tech, and health sectors, you’ll also become immersed in identifying impact solutions to a pressing social or environmental challenge that could find an immediate route to market.

In the command line, sudo allows users to run programs with the security privileges of the superuser. We want to provide the environment for you to create, innovate and make impact with access to resources you wouldn’t usually have access to. That’s why we are kicking off our series of hackathons in the Peterborough Future Business Centre Innovation Lab. With access to a state-of-the-art facility that is tooled up with a range of gear for testing, prototyping and simulation, we challenge you to hack the Internet of Things


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