Canada's most innovative hackathon, back for round five.

McHacks 2018 will be happening February 3-4 at McGill's SSMU building in Montreal, Canada. This will be the fifth ediiton of McHacks with more than 600 hackers coming from all across North America to innovate, create and inspire.

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Prizes

$34,571 in prizes

Top 3 Hacks (3)

The mega insane hacks you wish you thought of first. Each team will be awarded their choice of Sonos PLAY:1 wireless speakers, Sony headphones, or Muse headbands.

People's Choice

The best hack as voted by YOU. Each team member will be awarded a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera.

Cisco

Cisco will award a Nvidia Shield TV to each member of the team that best utilizes the Cisco Spark API.

Deloitte

Deloitte will award a Google Home Mini to each member of the team with the best hack pitch.

Google

Google will award a Google Home Mini to each member of the team that best utilizes Google Cloud.

Nuance

Nuance will award a Bose Speaker to each member of the team that best utilizes the Nuance API.

Telus

Telus will award an Amazon Echo to each member of the team with the best long-range IoT hack.

Achievement Unlocked

The most fun and creative game dev hack. Each team member gets a PC copy of Battlefront II, EA t-shirts and socks.

Best Design

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

Best Newbie (2)

The best hack made by a first-time hackathon team (ALL freshies). Each team member gets an annual subscription to their choice of a JetBrains tool.

Best Use of AI (3)

The best hack with a focus on AI. Each team member will be awarded indico API credit: $500 for first place, $250 for second place, $100 for third place.

Far Far Away

Somebody once told me, the world is gonna roll me, all the way to McHacks. The best hack made by people from a whole other country.

Locals Only

The best hack by a local all-Montreal team. The team will be awarded a $100 gift card to Deville Dinerbar.

Lost Your Marbles

The hack that drove their team to delusion. Each team member will be awarded a Tile Mate bluetooth tracker.

Most Retro

The best hack bringing a blast from the past and evoking that *nostalgic feeling*. Bonus points for being extra ~wavy~ with bold 80s colours and flat shapes.

No API

The most impressive hack that doesn't stitch a ton of APIs together. Each team member will be awarded a $50 prepaid MasterCard gift card.

Protect & Serve

The best hack that shakes up an issue in the security space. Each team member will be awarded an annual 1Password subscription.

Useless Stuff that Nobody Needs

Yup, you read that right. The best hack that screams "shit that nobody needs".

Warm and Fuzzy

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

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$30 Amazon Gift Card

Best Domain Name Registered With Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

.tech

.tech will award a $400 Amazon gift card voucher to the team that best utilizes a .tech domain.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

If you applied to McHacks 2018, received an acceptance and also confirmed your attendance, you are eligible to attend McHacks.

If you attended and participated at McHacks, 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

Senior McGill Students

Senior McGill Students

Participants

Participants

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity and 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?