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!
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.
$14,900 in prizes
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!
Each member of the winning team will receive Nintendo Switch consoles!
Awarded for best use of StdLib API.
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.
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.
Each member of the winning team will receive Google Home Minis!
Awarded to the team with the best pitch!
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.
Each member of the winning team will receive a LiteHawk BURST Quadcopter Drone with Camera!
Awarded for best use of Watson APIs.
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.
Each member of the winning team will receive $50 in cash!
Awarded to team with the best "green" hack.
Each member of the winning team will receive Amazon Echo Dots!
Awarded for best developer too.
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
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.
Each member of the winning team will receive $500 worth of API credits!
Awarded for best use of Indico's machine learning API.
Each member of the winning team will receive a drone!
Awarded for the best improvement of the walk-in waiting room experience.
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
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Founder and CEO - StdLib
Vice President and Principle - iGan Partners
Head of Mobile Engineering - Ritual
Software Engineer - Google
Kingston Chapter Lead - Ladies Learning Code
Software Engineer - IBM
Co-Founder and CEO - Loopio
Arfront Technologies - AR Developer
Software Engineer - Nest
Software Engineer - Spotify
CEO - Lani Labs
CTO - PropertySpark
Director (Strategic Accounts) - iTMethods
CEO - RockMass Technologies
Co-Founder and CTO - Mosaic
Associate Professor - Queen's Computing
Founder - ARtefactVR
What type of technical challenges did the group deal with?
Is the project a unique, breakthrough, or innovative idea that pushes beyond the problem to be solved?
Does the output possess remarkable, clean overall design that engages users? Is the user interface efficient and easy to use?
How useful is this demo based on the problem they are trying to solve?
Are you blown away by what you see?
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.