Don’t talk about innovation, make it happen

24 hour coding competition in the heart of Manchester

Innovation is about approaching a problem with a different way of thinking, how do you do that? You gather teams of 4, give them a challenge to solve and offer fantastic prizes in return.

Working with Hack Manchester, The LADbible is proud to sponsor the 24 hour coding event by giving it’s participants a challenge and an opportunity to win some fantastic prizes.

Our Challenges

Senior Challenge

The LADbible prides itself on it’s community, so we want teams to come up with an innovative way that lets people volunteer and help out their local community — think Uber for volunteering.

We’re looking for teams to make use of geo-location and social APIs (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to really bring people together and share what they are doing in the community. Lets make it viral!

Junior Challenge

The LADbible has a culture of grassroots innovation, we want to encourage this at an early age and we also love Minecraft.

So we want the Juniors to use Minecraft’s Redstones to come up with the most original invention ever!

It has to be automated and you can use as many mods as you need to make your invention.

The Prizes

We’ve put together some amazing prizes that we think you’ll love. For the winning team you’ll each be awarded:


1 x iPad Mini 2

1 x Parrot Mini Drone

1 x TheLADbible T-shirt and merchandise

On top of that you’ll also be given the opportunity to come to our HQ, spend the day with our team and take your winning challenge to the next level!

If it’s something you can launch, we’ll even promote it for you.


1 x Smartphone Controlled Paper Aeroplane

The Judges

They’re not the next Simon Cowell (not that they know anything about music anyways) but our judges are experts in the field of tech.

Head of Technology, Jonathan Tizard

Jonathan Tizard

I head up the tech department at 65twenty, a company which is at the forefront of digital publishing and social entertainment.

You’ll be more familiar with our biggest publication The LADbible but we’re redefining how content is shared and communicated to an 18–34 year old audience.

My job involves managing the technical vision behind the biggest digital publications in the UK, ensuring we continue to grow our audience and to support and grow the team to empower them and enable innovation.

I am really looking forward to being involved in Hack Manchester this year, and being a judge at the event will allow me to see first hand the innovative solutions developers will come up with for the challenges set!

Software Development Manager, Jason Brown

Jason Brown

I work closely with Jon to ensure we deliver the vision for the department and support the development team.

My day-to-day role involves managing the team, liaising with the other departments to meet deadlines and provide a platform for team members to progress and develop their abilities; through experiments, talks and mentorship.

Having the opportunity to judge the Junior challenges is really exciting as I love to see how the next generation think and approach problem solving in an increasingly technologically focused world.

I’m looking for the most out-of-the box idea. Lets see what you can come up with!

Throughout the event both Jon and Jason will be on hand to talk about their work, what they’re passionate about and how they are changing digital publishing.