Hack Western is Western University's annual student-run hackathon, allowing students to innovate, build and create amazing technologies.

Hack Western 4 will be hosting 550+ students for a weekend full of collaboration, innovation, and creativity on November 17 – 19th, 2017 at Western University.

This year, Hack Western provides a welcoming atmosphere for students to create and explore new technologies. Participants will collaborate in teams of up to four to build web, mobile, and hardware projects, while participating in workshops, learning from mentors and competing for prizes.

Hack Western 4 is focused on turning ideas into reality. We want to support our hackers in every step of the project creation process from: idea generation, to implementation, to project pitch, and even through turning their projects into a start-up business. With the help of our sponsors and partners, Hack Western 4 will ofer workshops, mentorship programs, and opportunities to apply to Western’s incubator to help participants turn their ideas into a reality.

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Prizes

$18,180 in prizes

First Place Overall

The overall winners of Hack Western will be receiving Nintendo Switches for each member of their team.

Second Place Overall

The second place winners of Hack Western will be receiving ASUS Portable Monitor's for each member of their team.

Third Place Overall

Third place teams in Hack Western will be receiving Bose Earphones for each member of their team.

Best FinTech Hack

Scotiabank will provide each member of the winning team tickets to the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. St. Louis Blues on January 16th, 2018, including jerseys.

Best IoT Hack for Smart Cities

Bell will be providing a 8-inch Samsung Tablet to each member of the winning team in this category.

Best Use of StdLib API

StLib will be awarding a Nintendo Switch to each member of the winning team.

Best Hack for Empowering Diversity through Design and Technology

SunLife will be providing a Fitbit to each member of the winning team.

Best Hack for Financial Literacy

Great-West Life will be providing a $100 Amex Gift Card to each team member.

Best Use of the Weather Network API

The Weather Network will be providing $250 Visa Gift Card and swag to each member of the winning team.

Best Startup Idea

Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab and Propel have partnered up to present an amazing opportunity for students. Create a project in the Fintech Track and receive up to CAD$3000 in seed funding with fast-track to the second round of Propel's PSI.

Best Use of Sentiment Analysis

Media Sonar will be providing hoverboards to each member of the winning team.

Best Project Pitch

Deloitte Digital will be providing Google Homes to each of the members of the winning team.

Best Implementation of Security Measures

Digital Boundary Group will be providing Raspberry Pi's to each member of the winning team.

Best Use of IBM Watson Visual Recognition API

IBM will be providing LiteHawk BURST Quadcopter Drone with Camera to the members of the winning team.

Best Use of Xesto API

Xesto will be providing 4 Leap Motions to the team that has the best usage of the Xesto API.

Best Hack for Social Impact

Magnet Forensics will be providing $100 Amazon Gift Cards to each member of the winning team.

Best Use of Innovative AI/Deep Learning Interface with Large Customer Transaction Data Sets

Zomaron will be providing a VR Tech Solution or $600 to the winning team, along with members of winning team will have priority interview for a paid summer internship.

Best Mobile Multi-Person Competitive Game Platform

Zomaron will be providing a $75 Steam Gift Card to each member of the winning team and members of winning team will have priority interview for a paid summer internship.

Best Web Game

Big Viking Games will be providing Razer Keyboard and Mouse to the members of the winning team.

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

DragonBoard 410c with power source

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Made my Day

Make our day! Each winner will receive a Google cardboard.

Best Solution to An Ongoing Problem

Accenture will be providing an Instax Mini 9 Polaroid Camera and a Goodie Bag to each member of the winning team.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Any student who has been accepted to participate and hacked at Hack Western is eligible to submit a project. Please see Rules for further guidelines.

Judges

James Gilmore

James Gilmore
Vice President, Video Services & Technology - Bell Canada

Keith Horwood

Keith Horwood
StdLib Founder and CEO

Jacob Lee

Jacob Lee
StdLib Co-Founder

Michael Teixeira

Michael Teixeira
Software Developer, Blockchain - Scotiabank Digital Factory

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Technical Difficulty
  • Polish
  • Usefulness
  • Demonstrates Learning