Canada's Biggest Hackathon @ University of Waterloo

Gather with 1,000 students from around the world and industry leaders at the University of Waterloo to collaborate and bring your ideas to life in 36 hours.

Hack the North aims to empower students like you who are eager to learn and create by providing an environment for you to explore and build with workshops, mentorship, and hardware. Let us take care of travel, food, and the details, so that you can grow your ideas beyond a vision.

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Prizes

$16,620 in prizes

Hack the North 2018 Finalists (12)

The finalists of Hack the North 2018!

Google Firebase API Prize

A Parrot Mambo FPV drone will be awarded to each member of the winning team that best utilizes the Firebase platform.

IBM Watson API Prize

A drone will be awarded to each member of the winning team that best utilizes IBM Watson.

TD Da Vinci API Prize

A $500 Visa gift card will be awarded to each member of the winning team that best utilizes TD Da Vinci.

Consensys Metamask API Prize

$1000 in Ethereum (ETH) will be awarded to the winning team that best utilizes ConsenSys Metamask.

eSentire Cymon - Open Threat Intelligence API Prize

An Amazon Echo will be awarded to each member of the winning team that best utilizes Cymon - Open Threat Intelligence.

RBC Best Creative Idea API Prize

A $50.00 Amazon gift card and a guaranteed interview for a role in RBC Technology will be awarded to each member of the winning team that most creatively utilizes any of the RBC’s APIs available in the RBC Developer Portal.

Fitbit OS SDK API Prize

A Fitbit Ionic will be awarded to each member of the winning team that best utilizes Fitbit OS SDK.

Ubisoft Hackers Nest API Prize

Each member of the winning team will receive a Ubisoft backpack, Nintendo Switch, 2 Ubisoft Games for Switch, Ubisoft Montreal branded S'well bottle, Ubisoft Toronto branded Soft Black Notebook.

Kik Data Prize

A Nintendo Switch will be awarded to each member of the winning team that best utilizes Kik Data.

NCR Omni-channel Decision Support Platform (ODSP) API Prize

The single team that wins "Best ODSP Hack" will win Amazon gift cards worth $2400 USD in total to be divided by all team members, with a maximum of $1000 USD for any one team member.

Xesto Wave API

A $100 Amazon gift card and interview for summer or full year internships will be awarded to each member of the winning team that best utilizes Xesto Wave.

Microsoft Azure API Prize

An Xbox One S 1TB consoles will be awarded to each member of the winning team that best utilizes Microsoft Azure.

Indico API Prize (4)

All hackers that incorporate the Indico API into their project submission will receive a $50 API Credit.

Intuit Quickbooks Online API Prize

A Go Pro - Hero HD Waterproof Action Camera will be awarded to each member of the winning team that best utilizes QuickBooks Online API.

SurveyMonkey API Prize

Amazon gift cards will be awarded to each member of the winning team that best utilizes SurveyMonkey API.

XE.com Currency Data API Prize

A Holy Stone, HS-Series HS100 drone will be awarded to each member of the winning team that best utilizes XE Currency Data API.

Best use of Authorize.Net

Use Authorize.Net’s payment solutions (API, SDK, etc.) in your project. Each winning team member will receive an L20 Gaming Headset.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit.

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Use Google Cloud Platform in your hack. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini, max 4 per team.

Best IoT Hack using a Qualcomm Device

Use a Qualcomm device, like the Dragonboard 410C, in your IoT project. Each winning team member will receive their own DragonBoard 410C.

Best use of HERE.com

Hacker gear from HERE.com

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Alan Norton,

Alan Norton,
CTO, MealPal

Dylan Field

Dylan Field
Co-founder and CEO, Figma

Michael Gibson

Michael Gibson
General Partner, 1517 Fund

Jay Shah

Jay Shah
Director, Velocity

Danielle Strachman

Danielle Strachman
General Partner, 1517 Fund

Patrick Hannigan

Patrick Hannigan
Co-founder and CEO, Hive

Deon Nicholas

Deon Nicholas
Founder, Forethought AI

Jen Dewalt

Jen Dewalt
Co-founder, Zube

Vincent Chu

Vincent Chu
Partner, Initialized

Alroy Almeida

Alroy Almeida
Co-founder and CEO, Voltera

Chris Bryson

Chris Bryson
Founder and CEO, Unata

Henry Shi

Henry Shi
Co-founder and CEO, SnapTravel

Kartik Talwar

Kartik Talwar
Investor, SV Angel

Liam Horne

Liam Horne
Co-founder, L4

Mitchell Geere

Mitchell Geere
Head of Design, Instacart

Connie Yang

Connie Yang
Director of Design, Coinbase

Dhananja Jayalath

Dhananja Jayalath
Co-founder, Athos

Judging Criteria

  • Technical
    The completeness and functionality of the project, and the relevancy of the resources utilized to accomplish the goal of the project.
  • Original
    A project that hasn’t been done before, or doesn’t currently exist. The project addressing a new or unsolved problem, or creating unique solution to an existing problem.
  • Ambitious
    The complexity of the problem being addressed, or the approach to solving it.
  • Design & Experience
    The user experience and flow of the project is pleasant and delightful.
  • Wow factor
    The project is exceptional in some manner.