Each year McHacks is proud to welcome a diverse group of students from across North America for a jam-packed weekend of hacking. This year, McHacks is back in-person! For 24 hours, over 500 of the best and brightest students will gather on McGill's downtown campus, to create innovative and unique hacker projects. Whether you're writing your first line of code, playing around with APIs, or working to build your first start-up, McHacks is the place for you. 

McHacks 10 offers beginner-to-pro workshops, mentorship, and APIs to get you started, as well as delicious meals and a place to sleep. We hope you’ll join us this winter for an exciting tenth edition of Canada’s first and favourite hacker project launch pad!


Main Requirements

McHacks 10 is a non-themed hackathon. You are free to build any project you desire. You must create a Dev Post for your project prior to the end of the hacking period. Each project is automatically entered for the Top 5 Hacks prize. 

Additional requirements

  • You must include videos, photos, or screenshots of your working product.

  • You must include a link to your source code (GitHub, etc.).

  • If you would like to enter any other prizes that are not the Top 5 Hacks, you must tag the prize name(s).

  • All teams must submit their check-in forms at the designated times.

  • All projects must be submitted before the end of the hacking period.

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$CAD21,485 in prizes

Top 3 Hacks (3)

The mega insane hacks you wish you thought of first. Each team member in first place gets a $1200 total cash prize. Each team member in second place gets a drone. Each team member in third place gets Apple Airpods, MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interviews + MLH Winner Pins.

People’s Choice

The most fun and creative game dev hack. Each team member gets a Google Home mini.

Achievement Unlocked

The most fun and creative game dev hack. Each team member gets a $20 Steam gift card.

Best Newbie Hack

The best hack made by a first-time hackathon team (at least half of the team are first-time hackers). Each team member gets a $20 Starbucks gift card.

Best Design

The most aesthetic design for a hack. Each team member gets a set of Palomino pencils.

Quintessential Startup

The hack that has the most potential to be a start-up. Each team member gets "The 7 habits of highly effective people" book. Each team member will also receive one mentorship session with a Front Row Ventures representative, and each member will receive a free license for the VC Blueprint from Front Row Ventures.

Chaotic Evil

The best hack in the worst of ways. Anything from a useless feature to a nonsensical application. Each team member will receive a $20 Starbucks gift card.

Forward Thinking

The hack that is the most progressive. Each member gets a water bottle.

Best Use of NLP with Cohere (MLH)

Cohere makes Natural Language Processing easy to do with their ready to use online platform. Simply sign-up for the developer free tier, no credit card required, and start training your very own language model directly on the web! You and your teammates can each win an Arduino Starter Kit by using Cohere in your next hack. Wondering what to build? Cohere is great for text and content generation, text-based search, predictive text and so much more. Check out our software & learn pages for more details!

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Get started with $50 in free credit!

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

Best Accessibility Hack sponsored by Fidelity

At Fidelity, accessibility is viewed as a major key to the success of their business, which is why they are challenging you to come up with innovative ways to make tech more accessible! We want you to use your hacking skills to find and build solutions that put opportunities and resources within reach to all communities. The team with the best accessibility hack will win a Fidelity branded wireless charger for each team member!

Best Use of Velo by Wix

We know how difficult it can be to create a phenomenal website in a short period of time, especially when it comes to hackathons. Velo by Wix cuts down your development without sacrificing on functionality! With a built-in database and fully customizable JavaScript front-end and back-end, you can develop a full-stack application directly in your browser. With Velo, all the tools you need are conveniently located in one platform! Build your hackathon project with Velo by Wix for a chance to win Wacom Drawing Tablets for you and each of your teammates.

Tower Challenge (2)

Build a financial chat bot!

Full description available at: https://bit.ly/mchacks-10-tower-research-capital-challenge

Top 3 winning teams will receive Tower swag!

Berggruen Institute Challenge (2)

Build a program that facilitates deliberation and decision-making among residents in a community.

The winning team receives a cash prize from the Berggruen Institute!

Full challenge description: https://bit.ly/mchacks-10-berggruen-institute-challenge

Cisco Challenge (3)

Develop a chatbot for a Cisco Catalyst product with generative text capability when asked any specific product related question.

Telus Challenge (2)

Leverage technology to build a more environmentally and socially sustainable future

The first place team will be awarded a pair of Beats Headphones per participant 2. The second place team (Best Pitch) will be awarded a Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 Mobile Printer per participant

Full challenge description: https://bit.ly/mchacks-10-telus-challenge

CSE Challenge

Find the Flag! (Cybersecurity challenge) Winning participants will receive a $50 gift card. Challenge description: https://bit.ly/mchacks-10-cse-challenge

Cohere Challenge (3)

Build with Cohere's API! 1st place team receives a $500 cash prize and $4,000 in Cohere credits, 2nd place receives $4,000 in Cohere credits, and 3rd place receives $2,000 in Cohere credits.

Challenge details: https://bit.ly/mchacks-10-cohere-challenge

Melyi.ai Technical Challenge

Intelligent document processing challenge! The winning team receives $1000 in Amazon gift cards. Challenge description: https://www.mely.ai/mchacks

FDM Challenge

'Best Business Analytics Hack!' Develop a project that can help companies make data-driven decisions. The winning team will receive a coffee chat with FDM, swag and a mentorship session with FDM (depending on availability)

Best OVH Cloud Hack (5)

Best use of OVH Cloud's API. $300 in API credits for up to 10 winning participants. (1-5 winning teams, dependant on judging results).

Radish Challenge (3)

Radish is looking to back innovative foot tech ideas that help consumers connect with their favourite restaurants. 1st place receives a 1-year supply of 4 weekly samosas, redeem a handmade cake, and an internship interview (10-day notice). 2nd place receives a 4-week supply of 4 weekly samosas, a smaller handmade cake, and an internship interview. (10-day notice) Full description: https://bit.ly/mchacks-10-radish-challenge

Best Use of Local Logic API

Best use of Local Logic API! The winning team will receive swag from Local Logic!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Sponsor Judges

Sponsor Judges

Industry Mentors

Industry Mentors

Graduate students

Graduate students

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity and Originality
    Is this hack something new? Is it a creative use of technology? Is it a novel idea?
  • Technical Complexity
    Which technologies did you use? How technically challenging is it? Which part of the project did you make? (Non-API)
  • Enjoyment and Polish
    Is the hack fun to use? Is the interface polished? Is the user experience fun to use?
  • Practicality and Usefulness
    Is the hack useful? Does it raise social awareness or promote environmental sustainability?

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