Western Canada's Largest Hackathon
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
$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
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
- 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.
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.
Dr. Jason Ernst
Chief Scientist, RightMesh
Lead Partner, Deloitte Digital
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
President & CEO, Epic Fusion Corp
Educational Technology Consultant, SET-BC
Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Were there real technical challenges to surmount?
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?
Is there a problem that the hack solves? If so, how useful is it?