noun informal

An event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. We look past this traditional definition of a hackathon and take it to new heights. UofTHacks is the University of Toronto's annual hackathon. At UofTHacks, we bring people together to make new friends, learn new things, and bring new ideas to life.

Why Attend?

Join 500 brilliant developers, inspiring designers, and innovative creators for 36 hours of hacking. We’ll give you access to some of the best hardware and APIs on the market, as well as access to mentors with years of experience - everything you need to build something you never thought was possible. We welcome hackers of all experience levels.  If this will be your first hackathon, we can’t wait to expose you to a weekend packed with fun, food, and crazy hacks!



Main Events

APIs & Prizes

1st Place: $1000

2nd Place: $600

3rd Place: $200


API: e-Transfer Public API

Best Hack or App built using the Interac e-Transfer Public API

Prizes: $1000



Best use of StdLib

Prizes: 4 Nintendo Switches


Devices: HoloLens

Microsoft API, including, but not limited to: Cognitive Services, Bing, Office 365

Microsoft Azure cloud, including, but not limited to: Machine learning, Virtual machines, Webhosting, Databases

HoloLens /Microsoft Mixed Reality

Prizes:4 Acer Headsets


APIs: Google Actions
Actions on Google Challenge
Prizes: 4 Pixel 2s, Google Home Minis, Chance to work alongside Google Actions Engineers to bring your Action to life for over 400M users! (2 x 1 hour remote working sessions)


Category: Best Game
API: Any
Prizes: 4 Ubisoft Prize Packs


Category: Best REST API
Awarded to the team whose application best provides a REST API with the right mix of useful capabilities and technical excellence
Prizes: $25 Amazon Gift Cards (1 per group member) + Interviews


API: Watson
Category: Best use of IBM Watson Visual Recognition API
Prizes: LiteHawk BURST Quadcopter Drone with Camera


API: Any
Best use of blockchain
Category: Awarded to the best project that utilize the ethereum blockchain for any part of their project
Prizes: 1eth awarded by ChainSafe Systems and MLG Blockchain Consulting


API: Any
Category: Centralize the Decentralizers - Best hack that helps everyday folk do everyday things
Prizes: $200 of BCH + 3 months free delivery across Krate operated services (For the team)


API: Any
Category: Best Health Hack
Prizes: Bitalino Kit


UTSU Campus Map Challenge

Awarded to the project that would allow clubs and groups to advertise themselves and their events, as well as the type of food they are offering alongside their event, based on campus location. This is meant to centralize the advertising work that already happens in various facebook pages and groups, so that all students have access to the knowledge about where to find free food on any given day, as well as finding opportunities to get involved.

API: Any
Prizes: $250 and Recognition on the UTSU Website


API: Any
Prizes: 1 year of free personal subscription for any single JetBrains tool/IDE for Overall Winners


Duane Williams

Duane Williams is Senior Manager, Product Platforms with Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation. Duane develops innovative offerings that enable payments through Interac’s platforms and services. Prior to joining the organization, he lead several key money movement initiatives in Northern and Southern Africa. He is a seasoned product management professional with over 15 years of experience in delivering innovative and complex solutions to market. He has extensive knowledge and experience in money movement services in both business and consumer markets and has developed products that are used by millions of customers worldwide. Duane studied Computer Science at The University of South Africa, is PRINCE2 certified and holds qualifications in Product Management.

Keith Horwood

Keith Horwood is a self-taught programmer who first jumped into the world of software engineering as an attempt to recreate one of his favorite childhood hobbies - building games. As an enthusiastic, eager-to-learn teenager that passion turned into building websites, message boards, graphics engines, chat servers and clients, and more. He took a different turn in college, studying Biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario, and his enjoyment of learning as much as he could about the world quickly took on a more practical, business edge as well. Keith is the author of several popular open sources software packages, and now the founder and CEO of StdLib where he's helping developers build web services and APIs with the click of a button, no server management required.

David Giard

David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades. Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups around the world; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at DavidGiard.com. His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.


When and where is UofTHacks happening?

It will be happening at the University of Toronto, from January 19th to the 21st, 2018.  We will be located in the Bahen Centre for Information Technology (40 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4).

I don't have an idea/team, what should I do?

No worries!  Although hackathons are often a team experience, we welcome solo hackers as well!  If you’d like to find a team before the event, we will be offering services to do so through Slack and Facebook.

What should I bring?

Your laptop, charger, and anything else you’ll need to hack on, as well as comfortable clothes.

Do I have to know how to code beforehand?

Not at all - UofTHacks is a perfect opportunity to learn something new!  Throughout the event we’ll have tons of workshops to help you get set up.  We’ll also have mentors floating around to help out whenever you need it!

Can I attend if I live far away?

Yes, you are more than welcome to attend, but unfortunately, we will not be able to provide any busses or reimbursements this year.

What can I hack on?

Anything! As we get closer to the date, we’ll provide you with a list of hardware and API that we have available for you at the hackathon. You’re also welcome to bring in some of your own tools as well.

How many hackers per team?

Each team can have up to 4 hackers!

What else should I know?

As an MLH event member, we expect all of our attendees to behave according to the Code of Conduct found here.

I still have a question…

We’d be happy to help!  Send the inquiry over to contact@uofthacks.com and we’ll answer it right away! :)