Welcome to UofTHacks VIII, a 36-hour nonstop online celebration of technology. Whether you’re a beginner hacker or veteran, there is something for you here. We’ll have workshops and mentors to help you learn and grow, recruiters to help your professional development, and great prizes for the most impressive and creative hacks. We’d love it if you #celebratewithus!

See the full schedule at schedule.uofthacks.com.


We welcome hackers of all experience levels. Our maximum team size is 4.


Your submission should include a summary of what your project is, why you made it, and how you built it. Include a link to your code (e.g. a GitHub repo), and identify any tools, libraries, etc. you used. If you made a hardware hack, tell us what hardware you used and how you made use of it.

You should also upload a short demo (no longer than 3 minutes) video explaining your project to judges. You can also give judges a link to an interactive demo, if you have one.

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$CAD26,200 in prizes

1st place

Nintendo Switch
$25 gift card for the U of T Bookstore
Invitation to Pinnacle hackathon

2nd place (2)

Airpods Pro
$25 gift card for the U of T Bookstore

4th place

$25 Amazon gift card
$25 gift card for the U of T Bookstore

5th place

$25 gift card for the U of T Bookstore

Best AR/VR application using the echoAR platform

1. A $50 Amazon gift card (per team);
2. 3-month free Business Tier access (per team member); and
3. Selected projects will be featured on our “Inspiration” page

Participants MUST use the echoAR platform as part of their project to be eligible for a reward.

1517 grant for most unique hack (2)


Must be in undergrad or high school and planning on continuing to work on their project post-hackathon.

MLH - Best use of Google Cloud (3)

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google branded Parkland backpack

MLH - Best domain name with Domain.com

PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack.

MLH - Best use of CockroachDB

3D printing pens for each team member

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for each team member. What's more, ALL projects submitted that use CockroachDB will receive a free t-shirt!

MLH - Best hardware hack sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. We select two winning teams for this category. Each winning team member will receive a prize!

Distributed Compute Labs - What would you build with a distributed supercomputer at your fingertips? (2)

$750 cash prize and a coffee chat with the CEO of Distributed Compute Labs and Kings Distributed Systems, Dan Desjardans, will be awarded to the first place team. $250 will be awarded to the second place team. Additionally, both winning teams will receive mentorship to continue the project along with Distributed Computer credits and front of line access to the First Developers program. All participants of this challenge will receive a virtual badge indicating you are Distributed Computer certified!

What would you build with your personal supercomputer? Would you start working on that million-dollar idea you never had the resources to begin?

Using the Distributed Computer, a powerful computing platform, you can bring any of your ideas to life no matter the complexity!

We are looking for the best use of the Distributed Computer! This technology harnesses the idle computing power of any device from servers and aims to bring more compute power online than ever before and accelerate science, discovery and innovation. Currently, the Distributed Computer is being used to solve problems related to COVID-19, astrophysics, particle physics, machine learning, image processing, neuroscience and many more. The limit is your imagination!

Win cash prizes and challenge yourself through using a new emerging technology, learning about data science, programming and distributed computing! We will help you every step of the way through a getting started guide and workshop along with mentors throughout the whole weekend.

Judging criteria: Use of Technology, Innovation, Functionality, Presentation

RBC - In the economy of freelance work, what solution can help students strategically save towards an emergency fund without feeling overwhelmed?

$2000 split between team members

RBC’s judging criteria:
· Innovation of Solution: Scale and novelty of the technology being used, and the architectural approach taken.
· People Impact: The extent to which the team has identified their target audience and why the product is valuable to them
· Functionality: Extent to which the final product functions in regards to its full capabilities
· Pitch: Effectively communicates the solution across, each team member has an opportunity to present

Scotiabank - Best implementation of cybersecurity in banking

$200 each - Amazon e-gift cards

With increasing numbers of users, devices and programs at Scotiabank and the increased storage of sensitive data, everyday we are looking at ways to keep the bank safe for all. Our challenge is to come up with the best implementation of cyber security. There are many ways you can approach this challenge. When thinking about cyber security think about the following cases: Application security, data security, network security, operational security, cloud security, physical security and end-user.

Team will be scored based on 4 criteria: Solution, Creativity, Feasibility, Presentation

Telus - Leverage technology to manage/improve any mental health related issue (2)

The first place team will be awarded a pair of Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones and a $100 Amazon Gift Card per participant.

The second place team (Best Pitch) will be awarded a $50 Amazon Gift Card per participant.

Both the wining team will also get preferred consideration for the TELUS GTLP or coop program.

At the end of the hackathon, we look forward to your projects tackling the issue of mental health that our society faces, across all generations. Feel free to be creative and explore the area of mental health or go with our sub-theme of Cyber-bullying.

Judging criteria:
- Novelty of the idea proposed
- Effectiveness of the proposal in addressing the problem statement
- Level of technical creativity and/or complexity of implementation
- Presentation and demo quality

GM - Putting #EVerybodyIn an EV

30-minute resume review with Recruiter and guaranteed interview with each member of the winning team for 2021 co-op opportunities (Connect Vehicle Innovation – Software Engineer for May 2021 or EV Charging Infrastructure for Fall 2021)

At GM, we believe the future is electric – and we want to put #EVerybodyIn an EV. Why? Because we need millions of EVs on the road to make a meaningful impact toward building a zero-emissions future.

How might we leverage EVolving consumer and societal trends to enable consumers to embrace the Electric Vehicle purchase and ownership experience? The product should help dissipate myths and inspire a new thinking paradigm about EVs: Motivating meaningful behavioural changes that drive EV mass adoption faster than the anticipated 15 year timeline!

Challenges related to adoption include but not limited to (1) Charge time vs Time at the Pump, (2) Charging Station Visibility, (3) Range Anxiety.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:










Distributed Compute Labs

Distributed Compute Labs



Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically involved is the project?
  • Design
    How easy and enjoyable is the user experience?
  • Completion
    How complete is the hack relative to the team's goals?
  • Learning
    How much of this project had the team never done before?
  • Gavel
    We'll be judging using Gavel. The source code can be found at: https://github.com/anishathalye/gavel

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