Canada's Biggest Hackathon @ University of Waterloo

Join 1,500 students from all around the globe at the University of Waterloo to build something incredible in just 36 hours.

At Hack the North, we want to make it easy for anyone to dream big. Our hackathon aims to engage and empower students of all experience levels by providing the resources to turn your ideas into a reality. Let us handle food, travel, and all the details so you can create #YourHackTheNorth.

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Prizes

$32,400 in prizes

Hack the North 2019 Finalists (13)

The finalists of Hack the North 2019!

Hacker's Choice Prize

Given to the hack that is the most popular among hackers in the Project Showcase.

Accenture Accentours API Prize

Travel and accommodations for a Toronto Raptors basketball game will be awarded to the team that most efficiently matches detailed user profiles to destination tours.

Voiceflow API Prize

A prize will be awarded to the team that makes best use of Voiceflow to design, prototype and build a project built with Alexa Skills or Google Home Actions. To find out what the prize is, attend the Voiceflow API Workshop.

SurveyMonkey Power Curiosity API Prize

A prize will be awarded to the team that makes best use of the SurveyMonkey API in their project. To find out what the prize is, attend the SurveyMonkey API Workshop.

Ubisoft Hackers' Nest API Prize

An estimated $600 in prizes including a Nintendo Switch, Switch game, and backpack with portable charger will be awarded to the team that best explores the idea of the unknown with a game built using Ubisoft's API.

Algorand Build on Blockchain API Prize (2)

A Robolink Codrone and $1000 in cash will be awarded to the team that builds the best project on the Algorand API. Second place will receive a Raspberry Pi and MATRIX Creator development board.

Blockmason LINK blockchain-powered microservices API Prize

$1000 of BLINK cryptocurrency will be awarded to the team that makes best use of the Blockmason LINK API by building a microservice or DApp.

Facebook API Prize

Each member of the winning team will receive an Oculus Quest VR headset for building the best project that utilizes any Facebook API.

FreshBooks API Prize

Sony Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones will be awarded to each member of the team that makes best use of the FreshBooks API to create a web, desktop, or mobile application that integrates with a FreshBooks account.

Getting started with the TD Da Vinci API

A $500 Visa gift card will be awarded to each member of the team that best utilizes the TD Da Vinci API to build a project based on simulated customer banking data.

Microsoft Azure AI API Prize

A Terabyte Xbox One S Bundle will be awarded to each member of the top team that best utilize Azure Cognitive Services to build a project based on Microsoft's premade AI algorithms.

Firebase API Prize

A Pixel 3a will be awarded to each member for the Best Use of Firebase winning team. Firebase is a suite of tools that allow you to build your applications bigger, better, faster, stronger and quicker. When you're hacking, you don't want to be worried about spinning up servers and choosing a database technology; just use Firebase.

XE Currency Data API Prize

A pair of Bose headphones will be awarded to each member of the team that best utilizes XE's Currency Data API. XE's API accurately converts currencies from one to another and shows historic currency rates from any point in time.

Best Automation Hack with UiPath

Build an automation hack with UiPath Studio and submit it through UiPath Connect! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack.

Best use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini.

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 Domain.com branded backpack.

Best use of Blockstack

Create an app using the Blockstack Platform. Each winning team member will receive a pair of Apple BeatsX Earphones. The opportunity with Blockstack doesn't end with the event. Any app built with Blockstack during a hackathon that successfully registers for the App Mining program will receive an additional $200 reward.

Best use of Transposit

Only 36 hours to create your project? No problem, Create an app and compose different APIs together with the worlds first API composition platform, Transposit. Each winning team member will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Best use of MongoDB Atlas

Create a hack using MongoDB Atlas to host a database in the cloud! Automate the provisioning and deployment process with ease, while focusing all your efforts on your hack. Projects built using MongoDB Atlas will be eligible to win an AirCharge Plus per team member.

Devpost Achievements

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Judges

Eric Migicovsky

Eric Migicovsky
Partner, Y Combinator

Diogo Biazus

Diogo Biazus
Director of Technology, Coinberry

Ryan Graciano

Ryan Graciano
Co-founder and CTO, Credit Karma

Michael Gibson

Michael Gibson
Co-founder and General Partner, 1517 Fund

Danielle Strachman

Danielle Strachman
Co-founder and General Partner, 1517 Fund

Cat Noone

Cat Noone
CEO, Stark

Jeff LeJeune

Jeff LeJeune
VP of Engineering, Magnet Forensics

Henry Shi

Henry Shi
Co-founder and CTO, SnapTravel

Jay Shah

Jay Shah
Director, Velocity

Alroy Almeida

Alroy Almeida
Co-founder and CEO, Voltera

Yuhki Yamashita

Yuhki Yamashita
VP of Product, Figma

Jen Dewalt

Jen Dewalt
Founder, Zube

Dhananja Jayalath

Dhananja Jayalath
Co-founder and CPO, Athos

Kartik Talwar

Kartik Talwar
General Partner, A.Capital

Gregory Koberger

Gregory Koberger
Founder, ReadMe

Patrick Hannigan

Patrick Hannigan
Co-founder and CTO, Hive.co

Shuman Ghosemajumder

Shuman Ghosemajumder
CTO, Shape Security

Luke Chesser

Luke Chesser
Co-founder and Head of Product, Unsplash

Yitong Zhang

Yitong Zhang
Product Designer, Coinbase

Liam Horne

Liam Horne
Co-founder, L4

Andrew D'Souza

Andrew D'Souza
Co-founder and CEO, Clearbanc

Judging Criteria

  • Wow factor
    Does the project stand out?
  • Technical difficulty
    How technically complex is the project?
  • Originality
    Is the project new or unique?
  • Design
    Is the project easy to use and polished?