nwHacks is the biggest 24 hours hackathon in western Canada hosted at University of British Columbia. Hackathon aims to bring together the brightest talents from schools around the Pacific Northwest region. Get ready for a weekend of learing and discoveries! 

Please submit your hack before 1pm so we can assign you a table for the expo!

See the main site for more information: https://nwhacks.io

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$10,902 in prizes

Overall Best (3)

- 1st Place: Dell Tablets for each team member
- 2nd Place: $1000 CAD for the entire team
- 3rd Place: $500 CAD for the entire team

PIA: Best Privacy, Security or Crypto Hack (3)

Hacks will be judged based on: Implementation, Ease of use, and Uniqueness of idea.

- 1st place: $2000
- 2nd place: $1000
- 3rd place: $500.

Orbis: Solving or Improving a Social Problem Using Data Analytics

$400 for the team

CA Technologies: Best IoT App with Mobile Interface

Drone for each team member

Best App using Microsoft Azure

HP Pro Tablets for each team member

Best Use of Wolfram Technology

1 year of Wolfram Development Platform (Developer Level)
1 year of Wolfram Mathematica Student Edition
1 year subscription to Computational Knowledge Engine (Wolfram|Alpha Pro)

Best use of Google APIs

Chromecast for each team member

MLH: Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Swag Bags with Sparkfun Redboards

MLH: Best Use of AWS

1TB hard drives for each team member

MLH: Best Developer Tool

GitHub Octocat statue

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Awesome Judges

Awesome Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Originality
    Is the project unique and creative? When someone sees the project, will they think "WOW this is cool" ?
  • Polish / Design
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well-designed?

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