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.

Register here:



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


Additional Information

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:




How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email us at 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.


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.

Hackathon Sponsors


$CAD5,100 in prizes

First Place

$1200 cash prize + goodies.

Second Place

$600 cash prize + goodies.

Third Place

$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.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Christian Jacob

Christian Jacob
Professor & Head, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary

Lora Oehlberg

Lora Oehlberg
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary

Edel Grace Altares

Edel Grace Altares
Software Developer, Shareworks by Morgan Stanley

Alexander Ivanov

Alexander Ivanov
Sessional Instructor, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary

Sarah Mihuc

Sarah Mihuc
Full Stack Developer, White Whale Analytics

Peter Guo

Peter Guo
Partner, Head of Algorithms, White Whale Analytics

Navdeep Brar

Navdeep Brar
Software Development Manager, Cisco Systems

Maxine Chan

Maxine Chan
Software Development Manager, Cisco Systems

Robin Verleun

Robin Verleun
Software Engineer, Cisco Systems

Calvin Bochulak

Calvin Bochulak
Former Winner, CalgaryHacks; Software Engineer, Cisco Systems

Jon Higgins

Jon Higgins
Marketing & Communications Director, New World Interactive LLC

Tim Perreault

Tim Perreault
Associate Producer, New World Interactive LLC

Judging Criteria

  • Idea
    Does the idea appropriately address the chosen topic? How innovative is the idea?
  • Implementation
    How effective is the solution in addressing the problem? How technically challenging/impressive is the implementation?
  • Design
    How much thought and effort are put into user experience and design?
  • Presentation
    How effective is the presentation at conveying the idea and solution?

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