Cambridge Ahead announces #CambsNotspotterHack event


Cambridge Ahead is running a one-day hackathon, the #CambsNotspotterHack, following the success of its #CambsNotspotter initiative in the past 18 months.

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After collecting nine million data points per month since March 2016, Cambridge Ahead has data that identifies areas of good and poor mobile coverage by both operator and by network in a 25-mile radius of Cambridge. The business and academic member organisation is putting on the #CambsNotspotterHack to give ‘hackers’ and ‘innovators’ access to the full data sets with the aim of finding solutions to Cambridge’s mobile connectivity issues.

As part of the #CambsNotspotterHack four locations have been chosen as focus points. These are Cambridge city centre, Fulbourn, the South-East Cambridgeshire cluster and part of the railway between Cambridge and King’s Cross London. The range of areas reflect different mobile data users which means that hackers should be able to present ideas for personal and business use, as well as urban and rural areas.

The event will be taking place on Saturday 16th September at The Bradfield Centre on the Cambridge Science Park. The one-day hackathon is for anyone interested in improving mobile connectivity, whether you like ideating or coding, you can make an impactful difference. Hackers will work in teams to come up with solutions to Cambridge’s mobile connectivity issues, using the data collected in the #CambsNotspotter initiative, and present their work to a panel of independent expert judges. Winners will receive a prize and there will be a prize draw for everyone attending.

Register as a participant in the #CambsNotspotterHack on and find us on social media.

Sponsorship opportunities are available on request, and any questions should be directed to our Digital Connectivity Chair, Faye Holland via

#CambsNotspotterHack is being brought to you in partnership with Cambridge Consultants, Cambridge Hack, Cambridge Wireless and Cofinitive.

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Cambridge Ahead is a business and academic member group dedicated to the successful growth of Cambridge and its region in the long term. We aim to represent the city’s business community by offering soundly-based opinion and advice to local and national governments about the opportunities and needs of the region.

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