ARM mbed wearable hackathon at the University of Cambridge


ARM is sponsoring the first ever ARM mbed wearable hackathon in the University of Cambridge. Students will be introduced to the mbed platform, learn to program a microcontroller and have a chance to network with ARM engineers and fellow students. Participants will receive support from our engineers throughout the event to create an innovative internet connected wearable device.  There will be a panel of judges consisting of professors from the university and engineers from ARM to select the best end-product and give prizes on Sunday.

The 100 tickets available sold out in under 30 mins after release. We are getting overwhelming response from the students with many who did not get tickets asking to be put on waiting list. ARM engineers are working hard preparing for the event and this weekend is gearing up to be a big success for the University and ARM.

Event: The Cambridge University Engineering Society Hackathon

Theme: ARM mbed wearables

Time: 10 am 24th Oct to 2 pm 25th Oct

Venue: University of Cambridge Department of Engineering

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Saturday 24th October:

10:00 am - 10:45 am - Participants check-in

11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Safety briefing, introductory presentations from ARM

12:00 pm - Hacking starts

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm- Team forming exercise and quick pitching session

12:30 pm - Examples workshop

Sunday 25th October:

12:00 pm - Hacking stops

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm - Presentations by teams

01:00 pm - Award ceremony, followed by end-note speaker

02:00 pm - Hackathon ends

Confirmed judges:


Dr. Alexandre J Kabla

University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering,

Mechanics and Materials Division. Fellow of Emmanuel College.

Research interests: Physics and mechanics of biological systems

Leader of the OpenLabTools project which focuses on the development of low-cost and open-access scientific tools


Dr Per Ola Kristensson

University Lecturer in Engineering Design in the Department of Enginnering at the University of Cambridge.

Lead the Intelligent Interactive Systems group in the Engineering Design Centre.

Focus on understanding how to design interactive systems that enable people to be more creative, expressive and satisfied in their daily lives.

Build systems that amplifiy people's ability to efficiently interact with computer systems.


Simon Ford

VP Products, IoT,  ARM Ltd.

Leads the mbed project to establish an open platform for developers to create ARM-based IoT devices on

a massive scale to a very wide professional developer audience