Canada's Largest Hackathon - University of Waterloo

 

Welcome to Hack the North, the Canada's Largest Hackathon! 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. Once your app is complete, we ask that you produce a video demo of your app and post it on Youtube or Vimeo. You can then submit your app and accompanying video using the above Submissions tab (which will appear after you hit the Register button). All submissions must be in by 9:30 AM Sunday morning (Sept 20).

 

Hack the North (Fall 2014) can be found at hackthenorth.challengepost.com

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Prizes

$30,350 in prizes

Winner (12)

The winners of Hack the North

Best Hack on a .CO Domain

.CO will award a $500 gift card prize to the team with the best hack build on a .CO domain.

Best Game

Big Viking Games will award a Razer DeathStalker Chroma and a Razer DeathAdder Chroma to each member of the team with the best game.

Best Hack to Inspire Adventures

Yelp will award a Leap Motion to each member of the team with the best hack that inspires adventures.

Best Pebble App

Pebble will award a Pebble Time smartwatch to each member of the team that creates the most unique, technically impressive, or creative Pebble application.

Best Reverse Engineering Hack

Affirm, Inc will award a $1000 cash prize to the team with the best reverse engineered hack.

Best Social Impact

Magnet Forensics will award a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B to each member of the team with the best hack focussed on creating social impact.

Most Innovative Solution using Azure

Microsoft will award a Dell Venue 10 Pro 5055 tablet to each member of the team with the most innovative hack using Azure.

Most Innovative use of Braintree or Paypal

Paypal/Braintree will award a smart home automation bundle consisting of a Netatmo Weather Station, a Philips Hue Wireless Lighting starter pack and an August Smart Lock to each member of the team that that best utilizes the Braintree or Paypal API.

Bloomberg API

Bloomberg will award a "Hacker's Grab Bag" containing an assortment of prizes including 2 Oculus Rift DK2s, 2 Raspberry Pi dev kits and 2 Arduino dev kits to the team that best utilizes the Bloomberg API.

Coinbase API

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

Dropbox API

Dropbox will award a pair of Beats in-ear headphones and 5GB of Dropbox space to each member of the team that best utilizes the Dropbox API.

Facebook API

Facebook will award an all expenses paid trip to Facebook California's headquarters to compete in the Facebook Global Hackathon Finals on November 13th and 14th 2015 to each member of the team that best utilizes the Facebook's API (Facebook, Messenger or Instagram).

Firebase API

Firebase will award a custom Firebase trophy and 6 months of Firebase Blaze credit to the team that best utilizes the Firebase API.

Google Cloud Platform API

Google will award a Motorola 360 Android Wear smartwatches to each member of the team as well as $1000 in Google Cloud Platform credit to the team that best utilizes the Google Cloud Platform.

indico API

indico will award $1000 in indico API credits to each team member and $500 cash to the team that best utilizes the indico machine learning API.

Intuit API

Intuit will award $2000 and eliminate the first tier of Intuit's interview process for a full-time/co-op position to the team that best utilizes the Intuit API.

Linode API

Linode will award a Samsung Tab S2 to each member of the team that best utilizes Linode's services.

Moxtra API

Moxtra will award $1000 to the team that best utilizes the Moxtra API with an emphasis on collaboration.

SupportKit API

SupportKit will award an Ollie app-enabled racing bot to each member of the team that best utilizes SupportKit in their hack.

Uber API

Uber will award $250 in Uber credit to the team that best utilizes the Uber API.

Urthecast Platform API

Urthecast will award paid flights and hotel for each member of the team to a Urthecast Developer Summit of their choice and $500 Urthecast Platform credit to the team that best utilizes the Urthecast Platform.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

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, images and video demo
  • 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

Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian
Co-Founder, Reddit

Eric Migicovski

Eric Migicovski
CEO, Pebble

Dave Caputo

Dave Caputo
CEO, Sandvine

Mike Kirkup

Mike Kirkup
Director, Velocity

Evan Stites-Clayton

Evan Stites-Clayton
Co-Founder, Teespring

Qasar Younis

Qasar Younis
COO, Y Combinator

Steven Woods

Steven Woods
Engineering Director, Google

Michael Litt

Michael Litt
CEO, Vidyard

Kathrina Manalac

Kathrina Manalac
Partner, Y Combinator

Jad Saliba

Jad Saliba
CTO, Magnet Forensics

Chris Best

Chris Best
CTO, Kik

Libor Michalek

Libor Michalek
CTO, Affirm

Sandro Mur

Sandro Mur
CEO, Bellabeat

Scott Larsen

Scott Larsen
CEO, UrtheCast

Andy Sparks

Andy Sparks
Co-Founder, Mattermark

Mike Gibson

Mike Gibson
General Partner, 1517

Tiffani Bell

Tiffani Bell
Founder, Detroit Water Project

Johnny Chin

Johnny Chin
Co-Founder, Bannerman

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