The hackathon for everyone.

Welcome to Hack Western! From November 27th to 29th, 450 students across Canada and the U.S. from diverse backgrounds will come to Western University to create interdisciplinary solutions to real world problems. Hack Western provides a welcoming atmosphere for students to create a web, mobile, or hardware hack. Teams can work on their hacks from 11:30pm on Friday to 10am on Sunday. All projects must be submitted here on Devpost by November 29th at 10am. 

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Prizes

$9,450 in prizes

1st Place

Presented by MLH: Each member of the team will receive a Dell Venue 10 Tablet.

2nd Place

Presented by GDLS: Each member of the team will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.

3rd Place

Presented by Startech: Each member of the team will receive a laptop dock and a prize of their choice valued at $100.

Finalists (3)

Each member of the team will receive a prize of their choice valued at $100.

Best Bitcoin/Blockchain Project

Presented by Green Brick Labs: Each member of the team will be awarded a USB with Armoury Wallets loaded with $100 bitcoin.

Best Data Visualization

Presented by Info-Tech: Each member of the team will receive a Nabu Smart Band.

Best Demonstrated Security Implementation

Presented by Digital Boundary Group: Each member of the team will be awarded a DBG branded sweater, a laptop bag, and a $100 Best Buy gift card.

Best Domain Name

Presented by Namecheap: $150 Namecheap credits for the best domain name.

Best End to End Implementation

Presented by GLDS: Each member of the team will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.

Best Game

Presented by Big Viking Games: Each member of the team will be awarded a Razer mechanical keyboard and mouse.

Best Hack for Social Impact

Presented by Magnet Forensics: Each member of the team will be awarded Sony MDR-10 Bluetooth headphones.

Best Hardware Hack

Presented by Particle: Each member of the team will be awarded a maker kit and t-shirt.

Best Life Hack

Presented by Tech Alliance: Each member of the team will be awarded Apple TV.

Best Use of Estimote Beacons

Presented by Estimote: Each member of the team will receive an Estimote Developer Kit.

Best Wolfram Project

Presented by Wolfram: $300 cash prize for the team with the best Wolfram project.

Best Use of AWS

Presented by Major League Hacking: Each member of the team will be awarded a Dell 1TB hard drive.

Best Use of BITalino

Presented by BITalino: Each member of the team will be awarded a BITalino kit.

Best Use of Domain.com

Presented by Domain.com: Each member of the team will receive a Domain.com swag bag.

Best Use of Open Source Technology

Presented by Engine SevenFour: Each member of the team will receive a drone.

Eligibility

Any student who has been accepted to participate and hacked at Hack Western is eligible to submit a project. 

Judges

Mike Almond

Mike Almond
Lead Developer at Race Roster

Albert Lai

Albert Lai
Co-Founder & CEO at Big Viking Games

Jon Seigel

Jon Seigel
Application Security Specialist at DBG

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Technical Difficulty
  • Polish
  • Usefulness