nwHacks is the biggest 24 hours hackathon in Western Canada hosted at the University of British Columbia. This hackathon aims to bring together the brightest talents from schools around the Pacific Northwest region. Get ready for a weekend of learning 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



Hackathon Sponsors


$14,500 in prizes

nwHacks Finalists (4)

- 1st place
- 2nd place
- 3rd place
- Popular vote (top project as voted by participants)

Best Node.js App on CockroachDB

Sponsored by Cockroach Labs. Prize: $1000 CAD

Most Novel Usage of Mojio's Platform

Sponsored by Mojio. Prize: $1000 CAD

Best IoT App (3)

Sponsored by CA Technologies. Prizes include:

- 3-D printer

- Raspberry Pi Complete Kit

- Arduino Complete Kit

Best Use of Azure

Sponsored by Microsoft. Winning team receives Raspberry Pis and Surface Arc Touch Mice.

Most Innovative Use of Data and Open-Source Big Data Technologies

Sponsored by RBC. Winners to pitch their idea to Highline Beta (a startup co-creation company that launches new ventures) + VISA gift cards + some swag!

- Best use of public data sets
- Best use of open source big data technologies
- Best data driven insights
- Most creative solutions


Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

Amazon Credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bags

Best Accessibility Hack

Sponsored by Clio. Best accessibility hack gets $500 in Apple Store gift cards!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Awesome Judges

Awesome Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? 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"?
  • Design / Aesthetics
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well-designed?
  • Practicality
    Is there a problem that the hack solves? If so, how useful is it?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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