QHacks 2019 is back for another year of collaboration, ideation, and creativity! More than 500 students from across North America will come together on February 1st-3rd for a weekend of awesome hacking. Attend workshops, play with hardware, take part in hacker challenges, and meet some new friends while turning your dreams into reality. Out-of-the-box thinkers, creatives, and innovators from all faculties and skill levels are encouraged to apply. We can't wait to see you there!

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$CAD17,556 in prizes

Tucows - Best API (4)

The winner/voucher receiver(s) can choose one domain name between a .COM, .CO, .ME, .CA, .ONLINE, and .TECH. Premium domains do not apply. The winner/voucher receiver(s) will have 1 year registration of their chosen domain name from the date of sign up

StdLib - Best use of StdLib APIs (4)

The team with the best and most creative use of the Standard Library platform and APIs will win one Nintendo Switch per team member, up to four (4) total. You can qualify by using APIs that exist on Standard Library, by building your own APIs on Standard Library and shipping them to the Standard Library cloud, or a combination of both.

YC - Top 5 Overall Teams (5)

5 teams from this year's event will have the chance to speak about their project with world renowned startup accelerator Y Combinator.

Sun Life - Best Healthy Living Hack (8)

Best Hack showcasing how technology can help all of us live healthier lives. The prize for each member of the winning team is a $100 Amazon gift card (to a max total 4x$100).
-Sun Life will have a prize for its workshop called Pitch Perfect. After direction/ideas on how to ‘pitch’, the teams at the workshop will provide a pitch and each member of the winning team will receive a $50 Amazon gift card (to a max total 4x$50).

National Bank Financial (4)

mystery prize

Snap Inc. - Best use of Snap Kit Hack (4)

Best use of snap-kit gets spectacles.

ConsenSys - Best use of ConsenSys technology (4)

Successfully deploying a dapp to rinkeby testnet using Truffle, MetaMask and Infura -Winning team will get $100CAD of ETH per person

Scotiabank - Best use of ML for financial services (4)

The top team that finds an innovative way to integrate Machine Learning technologies with financial services will each be awarded a $250 visa gift cards.

Telus - Best use of IoT or AI to help foster sustainable cities (2)

Best use of IoT and or Ai to help foster sustainable cities.
1st place will be an $800 pre-paid visa gift card for the team to split and preferential placement in our application process
2nd place will be a $200 pre-paid visa gift card for the team to split and preferential placement in our application process

Indico - Best use of Machine Learning

Best use of Machine Learning, $500 in indico API credit

Deloitte - Pitch Perfect Challenge (4)

Show us the business case behind your technical hack! Deloitte will be awarding Google Home Mini’s to the winners of our Perfect Pitch Challenge! As you prepare for your judging remember your pitch and your business case!”

We usually evaluate on:
1) Business Case
2) Presentation Ability
3) Technical Solution
4) Completeness of the Solution

1Password - Top Placing Team (4)

Awarded to the top team, each member will receive a 12 month 1Password account

Sketch - Top Placing Team (7)

Each member of the winning team will be awarded a sketch license and 3 licenses will be raffled off

The City of Kingston Mayor's Innovation Challenge (8)

Top two teams will be invited to the Mayor's Innovation Challenge Pitch on February 8th

MMIE - Best Pitch (3)

30 second pitch team pitch competition. The top 3 participants with the best pitch will win a prize.

Ramen Ventures- Top 5 Teams (5)

Top 5 winning teams will get office hours with Ramen Ventures, an angel investor company in Toronto.

QHacks - Overall Winning Teams (20)

Every hacker of the top 5 teams will get the choose one prize from the following list:
- XBOX One S
- PS4
- Nintendo Switch
- Apple Watch
- Drone
- Air Pods
- Sonos One
- Bose Speakers
- HP Stream Laptop
- Amazon Gift Card $350
- 25 000 V-Bucks
- Oculus Rift Standalone VP Headset

TD - Green Hack (3)

Whether it be money, the environment, or you just like the colour green, TD wants to see how you can incorporate us into your hack. Stop by our booth to learn more!

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Minis for each team member

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

DragonBoard 410C for each team member

Best Domain name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Ali Zahid

Ali Zahid
Ramen Ventures

Nicole Fitzgerald

Nicole Fitzgerald
Microsoft Research

Julie Driver

Julie Driver

Susie Pan

Susie Pan
RBC Ventures

Denys Besedynskyy

Denys Besedynskyy

David Hariri

David Hariri

Khalid Karim

Khalid Karim

Vivek Chachcha

Vivek Chachcha

Layne Lafrance

Layne Lafrance
Cryptokitties & Axiom Zen

Enoch Tam

Enoch Tam

Emma Koza

Emma Koza
Opencare.com & Ladies Learning Code

Andrew Dutton

Andrew Dutton

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Application of project in an unexpected/original manner. Project portrays clever use of available resources.
  • Functionality
    Experience of the presentation was complete and well explained. Provided an impressive experience from start to end.
  • Technical Ability
    Used appropriate technical tools and seems to be built in a logical and well-structured manner.
  • Design
    Presentation was polished and well structured. Design is clean and aesthetically pleasing.

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