Create awesome and innovative projects to solve real life problems and win amazing prizes!
CalgaryHacks 2020 is a sprint-like, competitive programming contest designed to promote creativity, collaboration, and innovative thinking. Last year's event saw nearly 200 participants.
Students and new graduates in groups of up to five (5) will be working with the latest platforms, hardware, and software over the course of 24 hours to build some of the most innovative projects.
Join us in our annual Hackathon event here at the University of Calgary to win some amazing prizes and a chance to network with professionals from the tech industry.
First Place Team - $1200 Cash Prize + Goodies
Second Place Team - $600 Cash Prize + Goodies
Third Place Team - $300 Cash Prize + Goodies
Popular Choice Prize - Goodies
Additional draw prizes will be announced at the end of the event
Free food, snacks, and drinks will be provided during the hackathon, so please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies!
Sign-in will start at 10 AM and end at 12 PM on Saturday, February 15, 2020 right outside ICT 102.
Join the CalgaryHacks 2020 Slack channel. It's really important that you do, because this is where you’ll be able to connect with other participants, receive live updates, and ask questions:
This year's topics will be announced during the opening ceremony of the hackathon.
The judging criteria and format has been released to contestants.
Last year's winners can be found here: https://news.ucalgary.ca/news/congratulations-our-calgaryhacks-2019-team-winners
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can email us at email@example.com or visit us in person in the Math Science Building on campus in room MS130.
Where is the event?
The event is being hosted at the University of Calgary, in the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and Math Sciences (MS) Building. (A map will be posted soon)
Where can I hack?
Anywhere on campus. Primary location will be the Math Sciences computer labs.
Oh no! I’m locked out of the Math Science labs! What should I do?
Come to MS 130 (which is close to the Math Science lab doors) and tell the executive/volunteer there and they’ll let you back in.
What are the rules of the Math Science lab?
No food or drinks allowed. We’re borrowing the place and would like to keep it as clean as possible so please respect these rules. If you wish to eat/drink, please do so outside of the lab.
Please be quiet. There are still going to be regular students who will be in the labs working on their own university projects and such, so please be respectful and keep your voice to a minimal level.
Will there be reimbursements for travel or shelter?
Unfortunately, at this time we will not be providing reimbursements for travel or hotel. Students coming from other cities will be required to make their own travel plans.
What if I don't have a team?
That’s okay, you aren’t the only one! Teams do not have to be formed until after the opening ceremony, so you will still have a chance to meet others and form a team!
How can I distinguish volunteers for the event?
If you need assistance, you can find an executive at Math Sciences 130 (MS 130). There will also be a couple of volunteers on duty as well. They will be visible in their red CalgaryHacks T-shirts.
$CAD5,100 in prizes
$1200 cash prize + goodies.
$600 cash prize + goodies.
$300 cash prize + goodies.
Popular Choice Prize
Best First Year Team Prize
Google Home Mini
New World Interactive LLC Game Keys (80)
Draw Prizes (2)
Apple products + Google Home Minis.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
CalgaryHacks is designed for students currently attending some form of post secondary education institution and recent graduates (< 1 year).
Please provide a github link to the project if the uploaded file exceeds 35MB.
Professor & Head, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary
Edel Grace Altares
Software Developer, Shareworks by Morgan Stanley
Sessional Instructor, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary
Full Stack Developer, White Whale Analytics
Partner, Head of Algorithms, White Whale Analytics
Software Development Manager, Cisco Systems
Software Development Manager, Cisco Systems
Software Engineer, Cisco Systems
Former Winner, CalgaryHacks; Software Engineer, Cisco Systems
Marketing & Communications Director, New World Interactive LLC
Associate Producer, New World Interactive LLC
Does the idea appropriately address the chosen topic? How innovative is the idea?
How effective is the solution in addressing the problem? How technically challenging/impressive is the implementation?
How much thought and effort are put into user experience and design?
How effective is the presentation at conveying the idea and solution?