Canada's Largest Hackathon - University of Waterloo

Welcome to Hack the North, Canada’s biggest hackathon. 1,000 students from around the world come together at the University of Waterloo to experiment, connect and create in 36 hours. We hope you're as excited as we are for an awesome weekend! After the Friday night kickoff, all teams are allowed to begin working on their apps. You can then submit your app using the above Submissions tab (which will appear after you hit the Register button). All submissions must be in by 9:00 AM Sunday morning (Sept 18).

Once hacking ends we will schedule you for a short demo to a panel of 3 judges.

 

View full rules

Eligibility

  • Teams can have a maximum of 4 members
  • All members must be physically present at Hack the North
  • All members of the team must have been accepted by the signup process
  • You will be asked to disclose your project's source code in order to receive a prize (We recommend using github to commit all your code changes)

Requirements

  • Platforms (iOS, Android, Web / Mobile Web, Mac, Windows, Hardware)
  • Must include both submission description, and images
  • Must select which sponsorship prizes you are going for (if applicable)

How to enter

Only current students in University or High School who have been accepted to Hack the North are eligible to make submissions. The team members of each project will be verified and any attempts of cheating will result in disqualification for the whole team.

 

Judges

Danielle Strachman

Danielle Strachman
General Partner, 1517

Jay Shah

Jay Shah
Director, Velocity

Alex MacCaw

Alex MacCaw
CEO, Clearbit

Devon Galloway

Devon Galloway
CTO, Vidyard

Dhananja Jayalath

Dhananja Jayalath
CEO, Athos

Jennifer Dewalt

Jennifer Dewalt
Founder, Zube

Luke Iseman

Luke Iseman
Hardware Guy, Y Combinator

Linden Tibbets

Linden Tibbets
CEO, IFTTT

Tiffani Ashley Bell

Tiffani Ashley Bell
Founder, Detroit Water Project

Paul Biggar

Paul Biggar
Founder, CircleCI

Andy Yang

Andy Yang
CEO, 500px

Aaron Glazer

Aaron Glazer
CEO, Taplytics

Laura Smith

Laura Smith
Co-founder, Pout

Mohit Muthanna Cheppudira

Mohit Muthanna Cheppudira
Engineering Director, Google

Hongwei Liu

Hongwei Liu
Co-founder & CEO, Mappedin

Steven McCartney

Steven McCartney
VP, Startup Services, Communitech

Alroy Almeida

Alroy Almeida
Co-founder, Voltera

Gregory Koberger

Gregory Koberger
CEO, Readme.io

Judging Criteria

  • Technicality
    What type of technical challenges did the group deal with? How technically did they dive here?
  • Originality
    How unique and innovative is the demo? Can it be found in previous submissions? (http://hackthenorth.com/top-hacks)
  • Practicality
    How useful is this demo based on the problem they are trying to solve?
  • Aesthetics
    How good is the visual design and interaction 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 powerpoint/slides during judging, you must demo what you made.