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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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.