No Code Lab hosted its second No Code Hack event last month as part of Climb23, which was hailed as a great success.

No Code Lab is building an open-source community in the heart of Leeds. With a core aim to create a social movement that is inclusive and diverse. The Super Hack demonstrated that anyone can build tech with no code, with the oldest participant being 83 years old, from Ageless Innovations.

Tailored to Leeds-based businesses, charities, and not-for-profits, the Super Hack brought ten businesses and charities, with ten no-code experts, battling it out over 12 hours. The teams focused on automating processes, creating an app, or just developing something that makes life easier.

This year’s Super Hack ran as part of the Climb23 innovation and investment festival and was part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Non-tech teams from businesses and charities around the Leeds eco-system included Brewin Dolphin, Smart Works, Generation and Startup Sherpas, Addleshaw Goddard, Next-Up, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Sentio Partners, The Data City, Open Innovations and Tech Origin. They were matched up with No Code Ninja, Erised and Accessed Memory, Nina Taylor, Panintelligence, Hark, BJSS, VisiMedia, Nutshell Apps and Toca.

After a long day of outstanding hard work shown by all the teams and a very tight competition Generation and Accessed Memory were titled the Super Hack runners-up. Their solution featured an interactive map linking the locations of learners, referral partners, and employers. The map could be used internally to draw conclusions about where best to focus our outreach and partnerships work.

“The Generation Leeds team were thrilled to be invited to compete in the No Code Super Hack event as part of Climb23 Tech Fest. As a social enterprise, we’re always keen to explore ways to increase our social impact and connect with like-minded partners in the tech industry.

Our goal was to enhance the support for our upskilling bootcamp graduates by connecting them to our employer partners, and we found that by creating a visual map locating graduates’ homes alongside the local employer partners (with a function to detail the public transport options available to facilitate their commute) we can now offer a clearer picture and provide more reassurance. This will be incredibly useful in engaging and inspiring our applicants not just in the Leeds City Region but across the UK and Ireland also.

“The support/guidance we received from our Tech Experts Sonia and Joe was critical to our success, and they really helped us get to the root of our challenge. If you have the opportunity to get involved with next year's hack, my advice is to 100% go for it!” says Christopher Hulme, Employer Partnerships Manager at Generation.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Hark were crowned the Super Hack winners of 2023! Together they created an MVP for the NHS Estates & Facilities Managers. Their innovative asset performance and energy monitoring solution aims to reduce downtime in surgical theatres and sustainability agendas.

Although the winners were crowned, each and every participant achieved a great accomplishment, demonstrating how no-code solutions can democratise access to developing technology solutions.