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.



  • 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)


  • 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)

Hackathon Sponsors


$46,050 in prizes

Top 12 Winners (12)

Hack the North will award each member on the team with a choice of: XBOX One, Playstation 4, iPad, Any drone of your choice, Oculus Rift, Any smart watch of your choice (including the apple watch), Go Pro, along with a subscription to a yearly amazon prime, hulu or netflix.


Cockroach Labs will award $2500 to the team that best utilises CockroachDB.

Google Cloud Platform

Google will award a Google smartwatch from a variety of options to each member of the team that best utilises the Google Cloud Platform.

Canadian Open Data

The Canadian Open Data Exchange will award a $500 Apple gift card to the team that best utilises Canadian Open Data.

Coinbase API

Coinbase will award $1000 in bitcoin and a guaranteed interview for an internship at Coinbase to the team that best utilises the Coinbase API.

Linode API

Linode will award a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 to each member of the team that best utilises the Linode API.

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft will award a Surface Pro 4 and Surface Arc Mouse to each member of the team that best utilises Microsoft Azure.

Oculus Rift

Facebook will award an Oculus Rift DK2 to each member of the team that best utilises the Oculus Rift.

PagerDuty API

Pagerduty will award a customised Beats Pill speaker to each member of the team that best utilises the Pagerduty API.

XE.com API

XE.com will award a Protocol Galileo Quadcopter Drone to each member of the team that best utilises the XE.com API.

Yelp API (2)

Yelp will award a Leap Motion to each member of the team that best utilises the Yelp API.

Firebase API (2)

Firebase will award, to each member of the team that best utilises the Firebase API:

A tiny Android phone,

An even smaller Lego kit of a famous architectural landmark,

and a massive hunk of glass, molded into trophy form (1x per team)

Amazon Web Services

MLH will award a 1TB Hard drive to each member of the team that best utilises Amazon Web Services.


MLH will award a Domain.com swag bags to each member of the team that has the best domain name on Domain.com. Please include your domain name in your devpost submission.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

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.



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

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.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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