Hack the North returns this September to connect 1,000 students from around the world


For the third year in a row, Hack the North, Canada’s biggest hackathon, is back for another year of hacking and experimenting.

Hack the North attracts 1,000 students from around the world to The University of Waterloo, where students supplied with free food, coffee, and hardware resources are given 36 hours to create something great. In the past, the event has connected attendees to Y Combinator and brought together mentors from tech giants like Facebook, Google, Shopify, and Uber.

Confirmed tech leaders attending the event include Steven Woods, engineering director at Google; Kathrina Mañalac, partner at Y Combinator; Danielle Strachman, 1517 general partner; and Zube founder Jennifer Dewalt.

This year’s hackathon — which is completely free — will take place between September 16-18. Students from any education level from across the world are eligible to attend, and those who have no hackathon experience can benefit from talks, mentors, and workshops to help on a team’s project. The top 10 overall projects will demo in front of all Hack the North participants during closing ceremonies.

Applications are open here.

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Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Freelance tech writer. Former BetaKit News Editor.