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 5 will welcome more than 600 students from November 23rd to 25th, 2018. 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.

This year at Hack Western 5 we want to let your imagination take flight. With the help of our sponsors and partners, we will offer workshops, mentorship programs, and opportunities for students to recruit for internships and full-time positions.

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Prizes

$CAD18,220 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 an Amazon Echo for each team member alongside third place medals from MLH.

Best Fintech Hack

Scotiabank will provide the first place team with Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II.

Best Use of StdLib API

StdLib will be giving a Nintendo Switch to each team member for the Best Use of StdLib API.

Best Use of Data Visualization

RBC will give $2000 Visa Gift Card plus a guaranteed interview for a summer role at RBC Technology.

Best Health Hack

SunLife will be giving a $100 Amazon gift card to each member of the winning team.

Best Use of Autodata API

Autodata will give the winning team a 4 $250 gift cards to Ctrl V - a VR company. For more information on Autodata's APIs, check out: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cU87vnHfSSdl2x0A9LroCbdjrKd25QW9

Perfect Pitch

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

Best Security Measures

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

Best Hack for Financial Literacy

London Life will give each member of the winning team a $100 AMEX gift card.

Best Social Impact Hack

Magnet Forensics will be giving $100 Amazon gift cards to each member of the winning team.

Catching A Criminal Workshop Challenge

Magnet Forensics will be holding a tech challenge during their workshop. 1st place is $150 Amazon Gift Card, 2nd place is $100 Amazon Gift Card, 3rd place is $50 Amazon Gift Card. Those who work in groups for this challenge will be expected to split the prize (so we encourage them to work individually).

Use Your Imagination for Entity Extractions

Media Sonar will provide each member of the winning team a Nintendo Entertainment System classic.

Most Potential to Propel

Propel will give team tickets to Ivey’s Entrepreneurship Boot camp in February 2019 (valued at $250 per ticket) and mentorship from the Business Analysts to turn your hack into a real business.

Best Lego Building Scrum Team

Rogers will give an automatic interview for the Student and New Grad program as well as a meet and greet with corporate tour of our facilities including Sportsnet.

Best Integration of Legacy and New Age Technology

StarTech.com will provide each winner with a $250 gift voucher for StarTech.com products.

Most 'Green' Hack

TD will give the winning team a $200 gift card.

Best Hack on a .TECH Domain Name of .TECH Domains

.TECH Domains will be giving $250 to the winning team.

Best Use of Indico’s Machine Learning API

Indico will provide the winning team with $500 in Indico API credits.

Best Use of John Snow Lab's Database

John Snow Labs will provide the winners with all-you-can-eat, always-up-to-date, clean data from their entire catalog for a year and feature the winning team on their blog and social media.

Best Use of Algolia

Use Algolia's search API in your project. Each winning team member will receive a Casio Calculator Watch.

Best use of Authorize.Net

Use Authorize.Net’s payment solutions (API, SDK, etc.) in your project. Each winning team member will receive an L20 Gaming Headset.

Best Domain Registered with 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 Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit.

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Use Google Cloud Platform in your hack. Find a full list of GCP products & services at https://cloud.google.com/products. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini, max 4 per team.

Best use of HERE.com

Use HERE.com's mapping API or SDK in your project. Each winning team member will receive hacker gear & swag from HERE.com.

Best IoT Hack using a Qualcomm Device

Use a Qualcomm device, like the Dragonboard 410C, in your IoT project. Each winning team member will receive their own DragonBoard 410C.

Best use of the Cisco Webex Teams API

Use the Webex Teams API or mobile SDK in your project. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend. Each member of the winning team will receive a power bank.

Best use of Clarifai's API

Use Clarifai's image or video recognition API or SDK in your project. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend and win hacker gear from Clarifai.

Snap Kit Weekly Challenge

Use Snap Kit in your hack. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend and top entries will be reviewed by Snap engineers. Each winning team member will receive a pair of Spectacles by Snapchat.

Best Sustainability Hack

Fiix will be providing each winner of the winning team a Raspberry Pi.

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 of Analytics - Scotiabank

Scott Dave

Scott Dave
Director of Innovation Technology - Scotiabank

Keith Horwood

Keith Horwood
StdLib Founder and CEO

Jacob Lee

Jacob Lee
StdLib Co-Founder

Judging Criteria

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