The Official Hackathon of Queen's University
We’re bringing together students from all over North America for a wild 36 hours - designing, developing, demoing, game-playing, and yoga-doing from our home base at Queen’s University. We are so excited to welcome hackers back in-person for the first time in two years! Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, QHacks has something to satisfy your interests! This weekend is about inclusiveness for all disciplines - students from any level of skill, from any field of study, are encouraged to bring their innovative ideas for a weekend of problem-solving! The only prerequisites for this weekend are a love for tech and drive to learn! We can't wait to see you there!
QHacks provides hackers with the creative freedom to explore whichever area of tech they want! Whether that be Fintech or Website Design - it's up to the hackers to create their dream project and turn it into a reality!
$CAD21,860 in prizes
QHacks 1st Place Prize
Nintendo Switch + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + 3 Month Online Individual Membership will be awarded to each member of the winning team.
QHacks 2nd Place Prize
2021 Apple iPad (10.2-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Grey (9th Generation)will be awarded to each member of the winning team.
QHacks 3rd Place Prize
SteelSeries Arctis 5 RGB Gaming Headset for PC/PS4/PS5 - Black + $50 Amazon Gift Card awarded to each member of the winning team.
Mayor’s Innovation Challenge Prize
At the pitch competition you’ll have an opportunity to win paid internships with the City of Kingston OR your team could receive $5,000 in seed funding to further your project, unlocked in phases as you make progress on their venture, and admission to QYourVenture, a virtual part time program from April-November that guides participants' entrepreneurial journey through training and phase-based milestones. This prize is being offered through the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre.
QHacks 23 Theme Prize - Designing the Digital World
4DV4 Drone with 1080P Camera will be awarded to each member of the winning team.
Environmental Impact Prize - Presented by Utilities Kingston
Awarded to the project that is the most eco-friendly and has the potential to help move the world towards a more sustainable future. All-new Kindle (2022 release) will be awarded to each member of the winning team.
DDQIC Sponsored Prize
Best hack to answer the question: “How might we use technology to provide greater access to specialized medical care to rural and remote areas?” The winning team will receive $1000 in non-dilutive seed capital to move the idea forward.
MLH 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!
MLH Best Blockchain Project Using Hedera
MLH Best Use of Velo by Wix
MLH Best Use of Appwrite
Building a full-stack application can be time consuming, especially if you’re more of a frontend developer or lack experience with things like databases or authentication. At hackathons you want to make every minute count, which is why Appwrite is the missing ingredient to your recipe for a successful hack. With all the core backend functionalities you need already pre built and ready for customization, all you’ll need to do is make an API call to take advantage of an Appwrite database, media storage, user auth, and even custom compute functions. Use Appwrite in your hack this weekend for a chance to take home some Fitbits for you and your team.
MLH 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!
Leading Learners x QHacks Prize
Expansion pack valued at $100 USD The prize will be awarded to each member of the top 3 teams at QHacks.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Associate Professor/Queen's University
Associate Professor/Queen's University
Assistant Professor/Queen's University
Commercial Director Business Development/RBC
Weight: 10 | Project has working functionalities and contains a level of technical complexity.
Weight: 10 | Application is built in a logical and well-structured manner. User Interface and User Experience of the project are user-friendly.
Weight: 10 | Presentation was complete and well explained. Team provided an impressive experience from start to end.
Innovation & Social Impact
Weight: 10 | Application of project is in an unexpected or original manner. The project has the potential to impact peoples’ lives positively and solve important social issues.