The Hydrogen Hack is an annual event that introduces young people aged 12-18 to hydrogen fuel cell technology by challenging them to build a device using a hydrogen fuel cell and programming to make something useful.
The first event was run in the Summer of 2017 with 100 participants in ten centres around the UK, building projects over a week and showcasing them to industry experts at a final event held at Ravensbourne College in London.
The winning entrant was a haptic stick for blind people that used the hydrogen fuel cell to power Arduino and the Microbit to sense obstacles and alert the user through vibration and sound.
For 2018 the hack will be part of the Ecubes Arcola Zero Emission Mobility and Education Programme for the Asian Games.
Other winners were:
Best Electrical Engineering – Duck the David (BOC Centre)
Best Programming – Noise Cancelling (Anglo American Centre)
Judge’s Wild Card – Super Steave (Sheffield/ITM Centre)
Best Proof of Concept – Filter Fire (Arcola Centre)
Most Fun – Tomato Juice (Monmouth Centre)
Best Use of Hydrogen – Breath (Monmouth Centre)
Special mentions to Night Pillow and LZJZ (Techniquest and Bolton Centres)
The Hydrogen Hack was designed to be run internationally, changing country every year, with 2017’s UK-based event kicking off the programme. Keep an eye out for where we will be in 2018!
* mentors are needs in electrical engineering, computer programming, hardware hacking and hydrogen fuel cell technology
** centres are required to host the Hydrogen Hack, you need to have space, wifi, power and a person who can act as centre lead during the week
If you are interested in hosting a hack or would like more information please contact us