frequently asked questions

What is Future18?

A tech conference crafted for teenagers, by teenagers. It aims to inspire teenagers to get more involved in the tech industry by learning how to design apps and getting to grips with entrepreneurship. Attendees will be grouped into teams and tasked with conceiving an app around a particular theme, with the most innovative teams receiving a share of the two thousand pounds worth of prizes! Expert mentors will also be on-hand to assist first time coders. 

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is perhaps best described as an 'invention marathon', taking place all over the world in virtually every industry. Attendees, or 'hackers', are split into teams and given a key theme, such as Education or Healthcare. The teams will then brainstorm to design an app that improves that area. For example, in the theme of Education, attendees might program a revision app or an app that helps teachers. At the end of a hackathon, teams pitch their ideas to a group of judges, with spot and cash prizes being awarded to the most innovative teams.

Is this legal?!

Yes, absolutely! The word 'hack' is often associated with cybercriminals who steal companies' data, but this is not the case. To 'hack' something just means to use something in a clever way or to prototype something very quickly.

What if I can't code?!

No problem at all - Future18 has been created with the goal of introducing as many teenagers as possible to coding. If you're only getting started with coding, we'll have expert coding mentors on hand to give you a hand. Also don't forget that you'll be in a team of five people with more experienced coders, so you'll learn as you go!