August 7-9, 2020

Virtual. Canada-wide.

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What is Hack Instead?

Hack Instead is a 48-hour virtual hackathon hosted by Hackworks for students across Canada. In these challenging times, Hack Instead offers a fun, engaging, and competitive way to spend a weekend. Hack Instead will be completely online and accessible to all timezones Canada-wide. Put down the hair-cutting scissors, grab a few friends and Hack Instead!

Build to Impress - No Theme, No Challenges

As a Hack Instead participant, you'll be free to tackle whatever problem and create whatever solution you want. Develop an app that addresses food insecurity for vulnerable populations during the pandemic? Amazing. Make a website that tells you who your long-lost celebrity twin is? Wonderful. Participants can choose to show off however they’d like at Hack Instead. Both software and hardware solutions are welcome.

The Hack Instead TalentBook

At the conclusion of Hack Instead, the organizers at Hackworks will compile descriptions of the solutions and the awesome teams that made them into a TalentBook. The TalentBook will be shared with recruiters across Canada in the hopes of bridging the physical gap between job-seekers and talent-seekers.

Schedule

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Team Formation Party

Event Kickoff

Hacking

Day 2 Kickstart & Team Intros

Speaker Session: How to Hack a Hackathon

Hacking Continues

Activity: Trivia Party

Hacking Continues

Hackey Hour & Networking

Hacking Continues

Day 3 Kick-off

Breakout session: Presentation Tools & Pitching Tips

Hacking Continues

Deadline to Enter Show & Tell

Submissions Due

Speaking Session: Sponsored

Show & Tell

Closing Remarks

Team Formation Party

Event Kickoff

Hacking

Day 2 Kickstart & Team Intros

Speaker Session: How to Hack a Hackathon

Hacking Continues

Activity: Trivia Party

Hacking Continues

Hackey Hour & Networking

Hacking Continues

Day 3 Kick-off

Breakout session: Presentation Tools & Pitching Tips

Hacking Continues

Deadline to Enter Show & Tell

Submissions Due

Speaking Session: Sponsored

Show & Tell

Closing Remarks

Team Formation Party

Event Kickoff

Hacking

Day 2 Kickstart & Team Intros

Speaker Session: How to Hack a Hackathon

Hacking Continues

Activity: Trivia Party

Hacking Continues

Hackey Hour & Networking

Hacking Continues

Day 3 Kick-off

Breakout session: Presentation Tools & Pitching Tips

Hacking Continues

Deadline to Enter Show & Tell

Submissions Due

Speaking Session: Sponsored

Show & Tell

Closing Remarks

Team Formation Party

Event Kickoff

Hacking

Day 2 Kickstart & Team Intros

Speaker Session: How to Hack a Hackathon

Hacking Continues

Activity: Trivia Party

Hacking Continues

Hackey Hour & Networking

Hacking Continues

Day 3 Kick-off

Breakout session: Presentation Tools & Pitching Tips

Hacking Continues

Deadline to Enter Show & Tell

Submissions Due

Speaking Session: Sponsored

Show & Tell

Closing Remarks

Team Formation Party

Event Kickoff

Hacking

Day 2 Kickstart & Team Intros

Speaker Session: How to Hack a Hackathon

Hacking Continues

Activity: Trivia Party

Hacking Continues

Hackey Hour & Networking

Hacking Continues

Day 3 Kick-off

Breakout session: Presentation Tools & Pitching Tips

Hacking Continues

Deadline to Enter Show & Tell

Submissions Due

Speaking Session: Sponsored

Show & Tell

Closing Remarks

Team Formation Party

Event Kickoff

Hacking

Day 2 Kickstart & Team Intros

Speaker Session: How to Hack a Hackathon

Hacking Continues

Activity: Trivia Party

Hacking Continues

Hackey Hour & Networking

Hacking Continues

Day 3 Kick-off

Breakout session: Presentation Tools & Pitching Tips

Hacking Continues

Deadline to Enter Show & Tell

Submissions Due

Speaking Session: Sponsored

Show & Tell

Closing Remarks



Download the calendar here!

Judging & Prizes

Judging Process

All judging will take place after the Hackathon has ended. Judges will evaluate the submissions over the following few days, and we will announce the winners through a video and on Slack! More information about the winners announcement will be revealed during the hackathon. Submissions will be judged based on their Use of Technology, Innovation/uniqueness, Functionality, and Presentation.

Prizes

Who doesn’t like a little competition? Hack Instead will award $3,000+ in prizes to winners, with more prizes to be announced closer to the hack!

Sponsors



Speakers


Beri Lee

Google
Product Manager

Amandeep Mander

Intact
Senior Data Scientist

Don Burkes

Sphere
Technical Lead

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui

DMZ
Program Lead

Iliana Oris Valiente

Accenture
Canada Innovation Director and Canada Blockchain Lead


Mentors & Judges

From


More Coming Soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can participate?

    Hack Instead is open to all Canadian residents who are the legal age of majority in the province they live in. This is typically 18 or 19 depending on your province - if you’re old enough to run for mayor, you’re old enough to hack.

    While Hack Instead is aimed at students and recent grads, non-students can participate as well.

  • 100%! Hackathons are a great opportunity to have fun, network, and apply your skills in a new way.

  • Click on the big REGISTER button above, and then click Join on the event page. Follow the prompts and you will be good to go!

  • Literally anything you want! No theme, no specific challenge - just build to impress. You are free to tackle whatever problem/develop any solution you like, as long as you are using technology to do so.

  • Forming a team is not mandatory, but it is always a fun option! Teams for this Hackathon can range from 1-4 members.

    You’re welcome to bring your team with you. If you don’t have a team but would like one, we’ll be having a team formation party just before hacking starts!

  • You do! Anything you build for Hack Instead remains yours.

  • Wherever you like! This Hackathon is fully virtual.

About Hackworks

The Hackworks team has been running hackathons for almost a decade, including some of the largest hackathons in Canada and going global last year. We help launch products, companies and careers through innovation programs including hackathons, bootcamps and workshops. We deliver unique, exceptional, engaging events for clients around the world.

Our past clients include: