nwHacks is the biggest hackathon in Western Canada hosted at the University of British Columbia. This hackathon is dedicated to creating a thriving community of technology lovers in the Pacific Northwest region by bringing together the brightest minds for an epic two day event.  Get ready for a weekend of learning and discovery!

See the main site for more information: https://nwhacks.io


All projects must be submitted on Devpost by 1:00 PM PST on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

All participants must follow MLH's Code of Conduct.

Hackathon Sponsors


$38,930 in prizes

nwHacks Finalists (5)

- 1st place. Prize: $1500, 2-year PIA accounts, 3 MUSE headbands
- 2nd place. Prize: $1000
- 3rd place. Prize: $500

Popular Vote

Prize: Raspberry Pi 3's

Scotiabank - Best Secure Next Generation Mobile Banking App

Scotiabank will award $2000 to the team with the Best Secure Next Generation Mobile Banking App. Where do you see the future of banking? Your team must confirm and demonstrate how many of the following security standards have been met:
i. Preventing / defending injection against injection attacks
ii. Securing sensitive data at rest, in transit, and during processing
iii. Mitigating vulnerable components
iv. Adhering to the principle of least privilege

StdLib - Best / Most Innovative use of StdLib

StdLib will be awarding up to four (4) Nintendo Switch consoles to the winning team with the Best / Most Innovative use of StdLib.

Microsoft - Best use of Microsoft Technology

Best use of Microsoft Technology (Azure, Cognitive Services, Kinect, etc) Award. Microsoft will be awarding Acer VR headsets (up to 4) to all members of the winning team

TELUS - Best use of AI

TELUS will be awarding (to all participants)
- Alexa & BestBuy Gift Cards
- A day with Chief Dreamer Allen Devine
- Advanced placement in the GELP interview process

Judging Criteria
- Minimum: Demonstrable use of AI
- Bonus points for use of Alexa or Google Assistant and relevance to health care

SAP iXp - "Hey SAP, I Got Your Hack"

Your team has total creative freedom to innovate to make the world run better and improve people's lives. Think you have the next revolutionary disruption for the world around you? Prove it.

The winning team will get either a Google Home or GoPro Hero Session for each member of their squad.

RBC - Best real, or near real-time streaming application

RBC will award each member of the winning team a $100 Amazon gift card.

RightMesh - Best Mobile App using the RightMesh SDK

RightMesh is on a mission to connect the next billion through decentralized mobile mesh networks, and here's your chance to make an impact. This category rewards the mobile app hack that most effectively uses the RightMesh SDK, and the winning team will be awarded with $1000 CAD worth of ETH.

Hootsuite - Best Social Hack

Hootsuite will award Amazon Echo Dots to the team with the Best Social Hack. At Hootsuite, our purpose is to champion the power of human connection. This category rewards the hack that has the most potential to help connect people with one another via the Social Web. There is no requirement to use Hootsuite’s API or SDK to win this category.

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c + power source

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$30 USD Amazon Gift Cards

Best .tech Domain Name from get.tech

$500 Amazon Gift Vouchers, for more information go to

The Wolfram Award (30)

The top thirty teams of nwHacks 2018 will each receive a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus and a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Dr. Jason Ernst

Dr. Jason Ernst
Chief Scientist, RightMesh

Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan
Lead Partner, Deloitte Digital

Hasan Cavusoglu

Hasan Cavusoglu
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

Robert Nygren

Robert Nygren
President & CEO, Epic Fusion Corp

Mark Reid

Mark Reid
Educational Technology Consultant, SET-BC

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 / User Experience
    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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