Create, build, and play with us at McHacks, Canada's favourite hackathon.

McHacks isn't your typical hackathon, and our hackers aren't either! For 24 hours, over 500 of the boldest young minds in North America come together for a weekend of beginner-to-pro workshops, decked-out hardware, delicious food, and some epic hacking.

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Prizes

$CAD16,355 in prizes

Top 6 Hacks (6)

The mega insane hacks you wish you thought of first. The top three teams will be awarded their choice of Fitbit Inspire, Amazon Alexa Echo, Apeman Mini Portable Projector.

People's Choice

The best hack as voted by YOU. Each team member will be awarded an Amazon Fire Stick.

Achievement Unlocked

The most fun and creative game dev hack. Each team member gets a $20 Steam gift card.

Best Design

The most ~aesthetic~ hack sporting nice UI/UX. Each team member gets a programmable mouse.

Best Newbie

The best hack made by a first-time hackathon team (at least half of the team are first-time hackers). Each team member gets a JetBrains IntelliJ Ultimate Idea license.

Lost Your Marbles

The hack that drove its team to delusion. Each team member gets a Tile Mate bluetooth tracker.

Teacher's Pet

The best educational hack that could teach us a thing or two. Each team member gets $15 Starbucks Giftcards.

Tree Hugger

The most ~sustainable~ hack that can help make the world a greener place. Each team member gets their very own set of bamboo toothbrushes.

Useless Stuff That Nobody Needs

Yup, you read that right. The best hack that screams "sh*t that nobody needs". Each team member gets shower speakers.

Warm and Fuzzy

The best hack that just makes you feel good inside. Free hugs and a few extra goodies will be awarded

Best Accessibility Hack

The best hack focused on solving accessibility problems affecting marginalized communities. Each member wins a pair of Sony headphones.

RBC (2)

Design a radical, data driven, intuitive helpdesk platform. Think 2050, not 2025; what would the user experience and software driven intuition look like? The team will win $2000 and guaranteed interviews.

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.

IBM

Best use of Watson NLU API. A good submission will make excellent use of the API’s features, such as effective use of sentimental analysis and emotion, or high-level concept detection for example. Creative use of custom models and applications will also be looked at. Evaluations will be judged on how well and creative these features are used in the hack. You will also be judged by how interesting the inherent idea for the hack is. Each team member will be awarded a drone. The Watson NLU API can be found here: https://cloud.ibm.com/apidocs/natural-language-understanding/natural-language-understanding

Ivey

Create a business model that supports your hack. Submit a Business Model Canvas (template at http://go.ivey.ca/BMC) Prepare and present a 5 min pitch describing your business. Each team member will be awarded with a $100 Amazon Giftcard

Microsoft

Best Social Good hack. The winning team gets 2 Xboxes and 2 Microsoft wireless surface headphones.

Novartis (2)

Novartis “Trust with Society” Prize: Whether it’s reimagining the way we work with AI assistants, or reimagining medicine with gene therapy, society trusts us to tackle global health challenges. The team whose hack can be accessible to the most people/countries, will be awarded with an interview with HR for an internship opportunity and a chance to reverse mentor our senior leadership team.

Cisco

Develop an original and innovative use of Cisco PyATS/Genie APIs. Details of the API can be found here: https://developer.cisco.com/pyats/. Each member will get a H2Go Teramo Tumblers

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.

Best Domain Name from 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.

Eligibility

If you applied to McHacks 7, received an acceptance and also confirmed your attendance, you are eligible to attend McHacks.

If you attended and participated at McHacks 7, then you are eligible to make a submission. Each team must consist of no more than 4 participants.

Requirements

You must include videos, photos, or screenshots of the working product and a link to the source code (GitHub, etc.) of your project.

Please tag the prizes you would like to be considered for (other than the overall prizes, every team that submits will be considered for overall prizes).

Judges

McGill Professors

McGill Professors

Sponsor Judges/Mentors

Sponsor Judges/Mentors

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity & Originality
    Is this hack something new? Is it a creative use of technology? Is it a novel idea?
  • Technical Complexity
    Which technologies did you use? How technically challenging is it? Which part of the project did you make? (Non-API)
  • Enjoyment and Polish
    Is the hack fun to use? Is the interface polished? Is the user experience fun to use?
  • Practicality and Usefulness
    Is the hack useful? Does it raise social awareness or help under-privileged and under-represented people in any way?