Canada's largest beginner-focused hackathon!

StarterHacks is a hackathon at uWaterloo that is all about learning and harboring a culture of creation and collaboration. Starterhacks is aimed towards first-time hackers.

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Prizes

$CAD2,000 in prizes

Best Tech

Best Design

Best Pitch

Most Promising

Mentor's Choice

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Domain.com branded backpack.

Best use of Google Cloud

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 Home Mini.

Most Creative Radar.io Hack

Build the most creative hack using Radar's SDKs and APIs for geofencing, location search, and geocoding. Some ideas for location-aware projects include a delivery tracker, campus building locator, and a Find my Friends clone. Winning team members will be eligible to win a Tile Sticker Smart Tracker and a chance to be featured by Radar.

Best Project in the Fintech Space

Presented by Scotiabank
This prize is presented to projects tackling problems in fintech. Winning team will get a meeting with a senior director at Scotiabank as well as 6 months of a coding school for each member!

The Future of ATMs

Presented by RBC

What is future of ATMs? Students bring a fresh and innovative perspective to the way we do business, so we are always looking for ways to push the boundaries of banking. Winning team will receive a $2000 team prize and a guaranteed interview at RBC!

Best use of AWS

Presented by AWS
The winning team will receive a lunch with AWS Startup team in Toronto as well as a tour of the Amazon fulfillment center where they can see the cutting edge of robotics in action!

Best UiPath Automation Hack

Eligibility

All students accepted into StarterHacks 2020 are eligible to submit projects.

Teams cannot be over 5 people.

Requirements

Please submit your powerpoint for the pitch as well as all team members.

Judges

Michelle Mabuyo

Michelle Mabuyo
Software Dev Coach - Manulife

Doug Braden

Doug Braden
CTO - Inksmith

Mark Giesbrecht

Mark Giesbrecht
Director, CS - University of Waterloo

Jodi Szimanski

Jodi Szimanski
Director, Communication and Strategy - University of Waterloo

Wayne Chang

Wayne Chang
Lecturer - University of Waterloo

Tina Chan

Tina Chan
CEO - PASS Kit

Andy Lee

Andy Lee
CEO - Sienci Labs

Urwah Haq

Urwah Haq
Splunk Consultant - Discovered Intelligence Inc.

Patrick Dufresne

Patrick Dufresne
Founder - Ecential

Tim Lichti

Tim Lichti
Founder and CEO - HiHoMobility.com

Sneha Palepu

Sneha Palepu
Consultant - Deloitte

Kelly Zheng

Kelly Zheng
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering PhD Candidate - University of Waterloo

Samarth Kochhar

Samarth Kochhar
Procurement Operations - Bell Canada

Jonathan Dion

Jonathan Dion
Senior Technical Evangelist - Amazon Web Services

Rudolf Potucek

Rudolf Potucek
Solutions Architect - Amazon Web Services

Mike Apted

Mike Apted
Senior Specialist Solutions Architect (Startups) - Amazon Web Services

Kaveen Kumarasinghe

Kaveen Kumarasinghe
BASc Computer Engineering - University of Waterloo

Denys Linkov

Denys Linkov
Cloud Developer - RBC

Harjot Sandhar

Harjot Sandhar
Development Lead, Robotics Automation - RBC

Poulad Ashrafpour

Poulad Ashrafpour
DevOps Engineer - RBC

Sai Ananth

Sai Ananth
AI Consultant - Deloitte

Patrick Icasas

Patrick Icasas
Marketing Manager - GrowthDriver.io

Derek Fei

Derek Fei
Founder - TobyX

Judging Criteria

  • Tech Implementation
    You will be judged on how your tech was implemented. This criterion does not have any bearing on how fancy the tech is but on how seamlessly you have used it. Please include your process in your pitch. x/10 points
  • User-Experience
    You will be judged on the logic you used to design the project. Rather than aesthetic, you will be given points for how easy it is to use and how intuitive the design is. x/10 points
  • Pitch
    Does your pitch flow well? Are you explaining the purpose and need for your project in the real world? Did you explain your process of creating this project? Can you ever monetize it? If so, how? x/20 points
  • Idea Potential
    Did you research if something like this already exists? If it already exists, how is your project better than that? It is okay if the idea is not built fully - tell us what else you would if you had all the resources in the world! x/10 points
  • Mentor Interaction
    Throughout the weekend mentors will vote on what teams are standing out. So talk to them to ensure you are nominated for the Mentor's Choice award! :)

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  • Social Good