Canada's Biggest Hackathon - University of Waterloo

This September, join over 1000 students from around the world at the University of Waterloo to collaborate and create something extraordinary in 36 hours.

This is an event for hackers who choose to learn because they can, and build because they love it. Let us take care of the details — just bring your creativity and come bring your ideas to life.

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Prizes

$52,250 in prizes

Hack the North Finalist (14)

The finalists of Hack the North 2017!

Best Use of Blockchain

Hack the North and Consensys will award $2000 in Ethereum to the team that best utilises blockchain technology in their hack.

Canadian Open Data

The Canadian Open Data Exchange will award a bagpack full of swag and a $100 Amazon Gift Card to each member of the team that best utilises Canadian Open Data.

CANSOFCOM

CANSOFCOM will award the team with the best solution to their challenge with a unique one of a kind CANSOFCOM experience featuring: One-on-One discussions with CANSOFCOM Operators, Hands-on with CANSOFCOM drone technology, Student employment opportunity with CANSOFCOM, Custom Shadow box with CANSOFCOM memorabilia, CANSOFCOM and Canadian Armed Forces SWAG.

Cockroach Labs

Cockroach Labs will award $1000 to the team that best utilises CockroachDB.

Coinbase

Coinbase will award $1000 in bitcoin or ethereum to the team that best utilises the Coinbase API.

eSentire

eSentire will award a Samsung Galaxy Tab A to each member of the team that best utilises the Cymon Open Threat Intelligence API.

Google (2)

Google will award a Nintendo Switch Console to each member of the winning team and a Firebase trophy to the who team that best utilises the Firebase Platform.

IBM

IBM will award an Ultimate Ears ROLL 2 Bluetooth Speaker to each member of the team that best utilises the IBM Watson Visual Recognition API.

Microsoft

Microsoft will award a Surface Laptop to each member of the team that best utilises the Azure Bot service API.

Pagerduty

Pagerduty will award a $150 Best Buy gift card to each member of the team that best utilises the Pagerduty API.

Square

Square will award a $100 Amazon Gift Card and a Square Branded TIMBUK2 bag to each member of the team that best utilises the Square point of sale API.

Vitech

Vitech will award a $2000 American Express Gift Card to the team that best utilises the Vitech's Insurance Data.

XE.com

XE.com will award a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones to each member of the team that best utilises the XE.com API.

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$30 Amazon Gift Card

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Best IoT Using a Qualcomm Device

410C Dragonboard for each team member

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

All project submissions must be submitted on Devpost by 9:00 AM EDT on Sunday, September 17, 2017.

All hackers must follow the Code of Conduct.

Judges

Charlie Cheever

Charlie Cheever
Founder, Expo

Tracy Chou

Tracy Chou
Founding Advisor, Project Include

Michael Gibson

Michael Gibson
General Partner, 1517 Fund

Dylan Field

Dylan Field
CEO, Figma

Jennifer Dewalt

Jennifer Dewalt
Founder, Zube

Tracy Young

Tracy Young
CEO, PlanGrid

Paul Biggar

Paul Biggar
Founder, CircleCI

Johnny Chin

Johnny Chin
CEO, Bannerman

Ellen Chisa

Ellen Chisa
Founder, Project Dark

Cat Noone

Cat Noone
Founder, Iris

Jay Shah

Jay Shah
Director, Velocity

Michael Litt

Michael Litt
CEO, Vidyard

Tiffani Ashley Bell

Tiffani Ashley Bell
Founder, The Human Utility

Laura Smith

Laura Smith
Co-Founder, Pout

Mike Kirkup

Mike Kirkup
CTO, Encircle

Aaron Glazer

Aaron Glazer
CEO, Taplytics

Joey Krug

Joey Krug
Founder, Augur

Judging Criteria

  • Technicality
    What type of technical challenges did the group deal with?
  • Originality
    How unique and innovative is the demo? Can it be found in previous submissions?
  • Practicality
    How useful is this demo based on the problem they are trying to solve?
  • Design
    Is the project visually appealing? Does the project have a pleasant user experience?
  • Wow Factor
    Are you blown away by what you see?
  • Note:
    The potential for your hack to become a company/startup will receive no special consideration. You are not allowed to use a powerpoint/slides during judging; you must do a live demo of what you made.