Hack the Hammer Presents: A 24 hour Hackathon for High School Students on February 3-4, 2018.

Hackathons are events where people get together, dream up crazy ideas and transform them into reality using code. Come on Saturday, form a team, use your creativity to build a project, pitch it to a judge and compete for prizes. Along the way there'll be mentors there to help you and workshops for you to learn new things.

Students from all over Ontario are invited to meet at the Mcmaster Innovation Park in Hamilton for a weekend of free food, free swag and mini games and many other things you won't want to miss out on!

If you've never programmed before, this event is for you! We're creating a friendly, welcoming environment for beginners. Otherwise, if you're a hackathon veteran, we'd love to have you! Come along, build an awesome project, share your experiences and pick up new skills along the way.

If you're a university student, you can't attend as a hacker. However, if you'd like to mentor please send an email to akshayan@hackthehammer.com

Teams are limited to four people. Registeration opens at 10am. A schedule will be posted soon!

What you need to bring: A laptop and your excitement

TL;DR: 24 Hours. Free food. Learning. Creativity, Prizes


If you got tickets for Hack the Hammer here, and are a High School or Middle School Student between the ages of 13 and 18 years old, you are eligible to attend Hack the Hammer. If you attended and hacked at Hack the Hammer, you are eligible to make a submission. 


Make your project, submit your hack to Devpost and demo your project to a judge to show off what you built. You must demo and submit on Devpost in order to be eligible for prizes.

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$3,315 in prizes

First Place

$500 Indico Credits + MLH First Place Medals + Muse Headband + Google Waterloo HQ Tour + RBC Futuremaker Conference Tickets

Second Place

$250 Indico Credits + MLH Second Place Medals + RBC Futuremaker Conference Tickets

Third Place

$100 Indico Credits + MLH Third Place Medals + Github T-Shirt Coupons

Top 5 (5)

A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro (Market Value of $375)

Best Developer Tool

Octocat Plushie

Best Hack for Social Good

1 year of free personal subscription for any single JetBrains tool or IDE

Best Design Award

Sketch Licenses

Best .TECH Domain Name Award

$200 Amazon Gift Card for Team (Divided Evenly Amongst Members)

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c + power source

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi and PiHut Essential Kit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Get tickets here.


An Awesome Panel of Judges!

An Awesome Panel of Judges!

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount? This is the most important criterion that your hack will be judged upon for the general prizes.
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?

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