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Thanks to everyone who applied as an organizer! Stay tuned for more updates on Hack the North 2019

MLH 2019

Canada's biggest hackathon

Gather with 1,000 students from around the world and industry leaders at the University of Waterloo to collaborate and bring your ideas to life in 36 hours.

Hack the North aims to empower students like you who are eager to learn and create by providing an environment for you to explore and build with workshops, mentorship, and hardware. Let us take care of travel, food, and the details, so that you can grow your ideas beyond a vision.

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Waterloo Engineering

Waterloo Engineering works with us year after year to engineer epic experiences at Hack the North

The University of Waterloo is home to Canada’s largest engineering school — a pipeline for engineering talent for the world’s leading companies. Ranked among the top 50 engineering schools in the world, the school’s reputation for excellence is built on the foundation of co-op education and a bold history of innovation.

People having fun at Hack the North

Past Leaders

Leaders in the tech industry get together at Hack the North to inspire and interact with hackers. Stay tuned for this year's speakers and judges.

Past Sponsors

Past Partners

Frequently Asked Questions


What is Hack the North?

Hack the North is Canada’s biggest hackathon, where 1,000 students of different skill levels come together from around the world to experiment and create unique software or hardware projects from scratch. We empower and enable teams to make something great in only 36 hours by providing an abundance of resources like workshops, mentors, sponsors, and hardware components.

Who can participate?

Students of any education level from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply for Hack the North!

How much does it cost to attend Hack the North?

Admission to Hack the North is completely free. We also provide food and accommodation for the entire event and help out as much as we can with your transportation to and from the University of Waterloo!

How do I get to Hack the North?

We will be providing several buses from schools within driving distance of the University of Waterloo, as well as from nearby airports. For students who need to fly to Hack the North, we subsidize as much of your plane ticket as possible.

How many people can be on a team?

You can form teams of up to 4 people. There are no restrictions for team members, so you can team up with hackers of any school, country, or experience level. Teams can be formed before or during the event.


What if I've never been to a hackathon before?

Hack the North welcomes students of all skill levels. In previous years, 30% of students have attended Hack the North as their first hackathon. We’ll have talks, mentors and workshops to help you with your project; hackathons can be a great place to learn new skills in a short amount of time. Just be eager to learn, and excited to meet lots of awesome people.

Can I start working on my hack before the event?

No. In the interest of fairness, students should not be working on their projects before Hack the North begins and we do not allow participants to work on pre-existing projects. However, you can familiarize yourself with all the tools and technologies you intend to use beforehand! Hardware will also be provided to hackers who fill out hardware request forms made available after they have been accepted to the event.

What kind of workshops, talks, and activities will there be?

Previously, we’ve held workshops and talks for a range of skill levels from beginner to advanced like Intro to Web Development and Virtual Reality. We’ve also had introductory workshops to various programming tools such as APIs, databases and platforms. Activities like team finding sessions, meetups, and even karaoke happen throughout the weekend. Whether it’s for relaxation or health, novelty or competition, our team has something exciting prepared for you!

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