Hack Western is Western University's annual student-run hackathon, allowing students to innovate, build and create amazing technologies.

Hack Western is one of Canada’s largest annual student run hackathons and will be taking place at Western University. Hack Western 6 will welcome more than 500 students from November 22nd to 24th, 2019. Participants will collaborate in teams of up to four to build web, mobile, and hardware projects, while participating in workshops, learning from mentors and competing for prizes. Our sponsors are central to Hack Western’s success, and allows the event to be free of charge for all students.

The theme for Hack Western this year is building your moonshot idea. We want everyone to think outside the box (or in this year’s case, outside the universe) and build something they’re proud of. Whatever your idea is, we want you to feel confident to take those first steps into creating it!

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Prizes

$CAD13,700 in prizes

First Place Overall

Hack Western will provide first place overall with Nintendo Switches for each team member alongside first place medals from MLH.

Second Place Overall

Hack Western will provide second place overall with Bose Headphones for each team member alongside second place medals from MLH.

Third Place Overall

Hack Western will provide third place overall with Google Nests for each team member alongside third place medals from MLH.

Best Fintech Hack

Scotiabank will provide the each member of the winning team a XBOX, 2 controllers & 1 game (Star Wars)

Best use of APIs on Standard Library

Standard Library will be giving a Nintendo Switch for each team member for the Best use of APIs on Standard Library.

Most Pragmatic Team

CGI will crown the team with the most realistic and practical solution as CGI Campus Champions! Each team member will receive a CGI gift bag filled with promo items (valued at $50) and an interview for a position in the summer!

Best Voice Hack

Solve a problem for a community that you care about using voice enabled technology
and RBC will give a $500 Visa Gift Card (one per team member) and a guaranteed interview for a summer co-op position at RBC.

Best Health Hack

SunLife will be providing $100 Amazon Gift Cards to each member of the team that build the Best Health Hack.

Best Social Impact Hack

Magnet Forensics will be providing $100 Amazon Gift Cards to each member of the team that build the Best Social Impact Hack.

Best Security Implementation

Digital Boundary Group will provide each member of the winning team with a Raspberry Pi.

How can an insurance company connect to customers more directly?

Great West Life will be presenting each member of the winning team with a $100 Amazon gift cards.

Best Self Service Workflow for Business Digital Transformation

Avaya Hands free conference sets and $250 credit to Avaya CpaaS platform will be given to each team member.

Best Use of the City of London’s Open Data Portal

The Hack Western Organizing Team will be providing an Oculus Gos and a $70 Amazon gift card for each team member for the Best Use of the City of London’s Open Data Portal.

Best education hack to introduce students to taxes and benefits

The CRA will be providing a mentorship session with one of the CRA’s senior executives for the team with the best education hack to introduce students to taxes and benefits. You may find inspiration from CRA’s Tax 101 content (canada.ca/understanding-taxes)

Perfect Pitch

Deloitte Digital will give the team with the best project pitch Google Mini Homes for each member.

Best Connected Automotive Hack

An Oculus Rift will be awarded to each member of the team that designs the coolest connected vehicle application or platform.

Best UI

Sketch will give a license to each team member for the project that has the best UI.

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.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend!

Best UiPath Automation Hack

Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with high recommendation!

Best Use of Twilio

Create a hack using Twilio's powerful communications API. Do things like send SMS messages, phone calls, email, and much more in your project. The team that has the best use of Twilio will win a $50 Amazon gift card per team member.

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.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Any student who has been ACCEPTED to participate and hacked at Hack Western is eligible to submit a project. Teams can consist of 1-4 members. Please see Rules for further guidelines.

Judges

Ryan Witcomb

Ryan Witcomb
Director, Innovation Data and Architecture at Scotiabank

Mathi Natarajan

Mathi Natarajan
Director of Consulting Services at CGI

Keith Horwood

Keith Horwood
Founder and CEO of Standard Library

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Technical Difficulty
  • Polish
  • Usefulness
  • Demonstrates Learning