The hackathon for everyone.

Hack Western is an all-inclusive 36-hour event where students of all backgrounds from across Canada and the U.S. gather at Western University to create and innovate. The event is entirely student run in partnership with amazing sponsors and speakers. Hack Western provides a welcoming atmosphere for students to create anything from a mobile app, fancy hardware application, to the next big thing!

 

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Prizes

$22,990 in prizes

First Place

For each member of the team:
Automatic entry into Global Hackathon Seoul + Dell tablet + Moto 360 + GitHub premium accounts + Graphic Stock accounts

Second Place

For each member of the team: Sennheiser headphones + Graphic Stock accounts + GitHub premium accounts

Third Place

For each member of the team: Google Chromecast + Graphic Stock accounts + GitHub premium accounts

Finalist (3)

Awarded to the teams who made it to the Top 6.

Featured Beginner

For each member of the team: GIANT Android plushie.
Team members must have attended two or fewer hackathons cumulatively.

They Should Have Won Too

Presented by the Hack Western 2015 organizers: one amazing Pusheen plushie for each team member.

Best App That Saves People Money

Presented by Flipp: one Nintendo 3DS for each team member.

Best Azure Hack

Presented by Microsoft: (1) Xbox One for the best use of Microsoft Azure

Most Creative App

Presented by Big Blue Bubble: Google Chromecast for each member of the team

The Best Thing

Presented by Kik: $100 Futureshop Gift card + Kik swag bags for each member of the team

Best Designed App

Presented by Kids Code Jeneusse: fancy notebook + graphic design
pencil per team member

Best Use of Mashape APIs

Presented by Mashape: one Quadcopter for each team member

Best Use of AI

Presented by Ivey Entrepreneurship: $500 for the team with the app that best uses Artificial Intelligence

Best Mobile App

Presented by Yahoo: one iPhone 6 for the team, and $100 in Flickr Photobook Credits for each team member

Best Hardware Prize

Presented by Spark: Maker Kit + Spark notebooks for each member of the team

Best Thalmic Hack

Presented by Thalmic: one Myo armband for each member of the team

Best Muse Hack

Presented by Muse: one Muse EEG headband for each team member

Best Pebble Hack

Presented by Pebble: one original Pebble watch for each team member

Best Social Impact Hack

Presented by Magnet Forensics: one Raspberry Pi Kit for each team member

Best Use of AWS

Presented by MLH: team that best uses Amazon Web Services will receive one external hard drive for each member of the team.

Reinvent the Reading Experience (2)

Presented by Kobo: Kobo eReader for each member of the team

Most Fun Project

Presented by Info-Tech: One Leap Motion for each member of the team.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Any participant attending Hack Western 2015, from March 27, 2015 to March 29, 2015. 

 

Judges

Kevin Eaves

Kevin Eaves
CTO / CarProof

Albert Lai

Albert Lai
CEO / Big Viking Games

Shenglong Gao

Shenglong Gao
Associate Product Manager / Yahoo

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Technical difficulty
  • Polish
  • Usefulness