Official Hackathon of Queen's University

QHacks 2018 is back for another year of collaboration, ideation, and creativity! More than 500 students from across North America will come together on February 2nd-4th 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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Prizes

$14,900 in prizes

QHacks Finalists (4)

The top teams at QHacks will be awarded the following. Each member of a winning team can choose one of the following:

- Nintendo Switch Console
- Xbox One S Console
- PS4 Console
- Apple AirPods
- Audio Technica M50x
- Sennheiser HD 598
- Hoverzon S Electric Hoverboard
- Polaroid Drone
- Rasberry Pi Kit
- Asus Chromebook C202SA
- $300 Amazon Gift Card
- Monoprice MP Select Mini 3D Printer

In addition to this each member will be given an official MLH finalist medal!

StdLib Prize

Each member of the winning team will receive Nintendo Switch consoles!

Awarded for best use of StdLib API.

Kwikee Prize

Each member of the winning team will receive Google Homes and swag in addition to an internship opportunity!

Awarded for best way to extract product info and packaging details from hi-res photos. Attributes can include, tagging, brand, colour, nutrient/ingredient info etc.

Sun Life Financial Prize

Each member of the winning team will receive $50 Amazon Gift Cards.

Awarded as a prize for the SunLife Scavenger Hunt.

TELUS Prize

Each member of the winning team will receive an Amazon Echo, a $100 Best Buy gift card and an invitation to a Telus Innovation Centre!

Awarded for best Long-Range IoT Hack.

Deloitte Prize

Each member of the winning team will receive Google Home Minis!

Awarded to the team with the best pitch!

Microsoft Prize (2)

Each member of the winning team will receive an Acer VR Headset!

Awarded for best app integrating one of the following Microsoft products/services: Microsoft API, Microsoft Azure cloud, Hololens/Microsoft Mixed Reality.

IBM Prize

Each member of the winning team will receive a LiteHawk BURST Quadcopter Drone with Camera!

Awarded for best use of Watson APIs.

Scotiabank Prize

Each member of the winning team will receive a WASD Mechanical Keyboard and Google Cloud Platform credits!

Awarded for best use of AI/Machine Learning tools.

TD Prize

Each member of the winning team will receive $50 in cash!

Awarded to team with the best "green" hack.

Avanade Prize

Each member of the winning team will receive Amazon Echo Dots!

Awarded for best developer too.

RBC Prize (2)

Each member of the winning team will receive $50 Amazon gift cards in addition to a guaranteed interview for a co-op/summer student position at RBC in the role for Process Automation within the Digital Cheque Processing Team.

Awarded for best use of Process Automation and Robotics.

Queen's Master of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship Prize (2)

The winning teams will be rewarded with a $250 Amazon gift card to be divided amongst team members.

.TECH Domains Prize

Each member of the winning team will receive $75 Amazon Gift Cards!

Awarded to best hack hosted using a .TECH domain.

Indico Prize

Each member of the winning team will receive $500 worth of API credits!

Awarded for best use of Indico's machine learning API.

RLSolutions Prize

Each member of the winning team will receive a drone!

Awarded for the best improvement of the walk-in waiting room experience.

Balsamiq Prize

Each member of the winning team will get access to the Balsamiq Cloud Platform in addition to Sketch licenses!

Awarded for the best designed hack!

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$30 Amazon Gift Card

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

DragonBoard 410C for each team member

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Any college or university student at any skill level! All you need is a passion for design/data/tech, and a willingness to learn! We welcome applicants from all fields of study.

 

Unfortunately we cannot accept any high school students to our event as result of liability issues within our school. We are sorry if this disappoints anyone but we encourage you to apply when you done high school.

Judges

Keith Horwood

Keith Horwood
Founder and CEO - StdLib

Olivier Giner

Olivier Giner
Vice President and Principle - iGan Partners

Mike Welsh

Mike Welsh
Head of Mobile Engineering - Ritual

Jason Miller

Jason Miller
Software Engineer - Google

Jessica Bredschneider

Jessica Bredschneider
Kingston Chapter Lead - Ladies Learning Code

James Simpson

James Simpson
Software Engineer - IBM

Zak Hemraj

Zak Hemraj
Co-Founder and CEO - Loopio

Alvin Xu

Alvin Xu
Arfront Technologies - AR Developer

Enoch Tam

Enoch Tam
Software Engineer - Nest

Dana Lee

Dana Lee
Software Engineer - Spotify

Pablo Eder

Pablo Eder
CEO - Lani Labs

Damon Richardson

Damon Richardson
CTO - PropertySpark

Mike King

Mike King
Director (Strategic Accounts) - iTMethods

Matas Sriubiskis

Matas Sriubiskis
CEO - RockMass Technologies

Derek Vogt

Derek Vogt
Co-Founder and CTO - Mosaic

Robin Dawes

Robin Dawes
Associate Professor - Queen's Computing

Julie Driver

Julie Driver
Founder - ARtefactVR

Judging Criteria

  • Technicality
    What type of technical challenges did the group deal with?
  • Uniqueness
    Is the project a unique, breakthrough, or innovative idea that pushes beyond the problem to be solved?
  • Design
    Does the output possess remarkable, clean overall design that engages users? Is the user interface efficient and easy to use?
  • Practicality
    How useful is this demo based on the problem they are trying to solve?
  • Wow Factor
    Are you blown away by what you see?
  • Note:
    The potential for your hack to become a company/startup will receive no special consideration. You are not allowed to use a powerpoint/slides during judging; you must do a live demo of what you made.