Hack the North

Canada's Largest International Hackathon

Sept 19–21 2014 @ University of Waterloo

36 hours of
Travel is on us


Applications are now closed :-( Unfortunately, we've closed applications for the year. We hope to see you again next fall!

Engineered for Epic

We've teamed up with Waterloo Engineering to execute a truly world-class hackathon.

There is an undeniable reputation throughout tech of the kind of engineering talent that comes out of the University of Waterloo. The students here are probably going to be the business leaders of this century.

Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder, Reddit

Waterloo Engineering is Canada’s largest engineering school and a pipeline for engineering talent for the world’s leading companies. Ranked among the top 50 engineering schools in the world, the school’s reputation for excellence is built on the foundation of co-op education and a bold history of innovation.

What is Hack The North?

Hack the North is Canada's premier hackathon. It's an event where 1,000 students with different technical backgrounds and skill levels will come together, for 36 hours, form teams around a problem or idea, and collaboratively code a unique solution from scratch. With world class mentors, food, and hardware resources, you're in for an amazing time!

2014 Recap

Past Speakers

Chamath Palihapitiya

Founder, S23P

Jason Calacanis


Sam Altman

President, Y Combinator

Past Judges

Eric Migicovsky

Founder, Pebble

Mike Kirkup

Director, Velocity

Sam Altman

President, Y Combinator

Andy Yang

CEO, 500px

Kathrina Manalac

Partner, Y Combinator

Jeff Kaditz

CTO, Affirm

Vitalik Buterin

Co-founder, Ethereum

Ted Livingston

CEO, Kik

Danielle Strachman

Director, Thiel Fellowship

Eric Diep

Co-founder, A Thinking Ape

Sue Khim

Founder & CEO, Brilliant

Andrew Miklas

CTO, Pagerduty

Michael Litt

CEO, Vidyard

Albert Lai

Co-founder, Big Viking Games

Lona Alia Duncan

Founder, Style Lend

Past Sponsors

Past Partners

2014 Schedule

Friday Sept 19th

Time Event Location
6:00 PM Registration Opens Engineering 5
7:00 PM Dinner Engineering 5
9:00 PM Opening Ceremonies Keynote by Chamath Palihapitiya Hagey Hall
9:40 PM Sponsor Talks Hagey Hall
10:40 PM Hackathon Overview and Rules Hagey Hall
11:30 PM Hacking Begins Engineering 5
1:00 AM Snack Sponsored by Apple Engineering 5
1–4 AM Various Workshops/Tech Talks Davis Center
4:00 AM Snack Sponsored by Waterloo Engineering Engineering 5

Saturday Sept 20th

Time Event Location
8:00 AM Breakfast Engineering 5
11:00 AM YC Panel with Sam Altman Hagey Hall
1:00 PM Lunch Sponsored by Loblaws Engineering 5
2–5 PM YC Office Hours TBD
2:30 PM Arrive with a hack, leave with a startup Conrad Davis Center
3:00 PM Fun Activites Various Locations
5:00 PM Snack Engineering 5
6–8 PM Various Workshops/Tech Talks Davis Center
8:00 PM Dinner Engineering 5
1:00 AM Snack Engineering 5

Sunday Sept 21th

Time Event Location
8:00 AM Breakfast Sponsored by Conrad Engineering 5
10:00 AM Hacking Ends Engineering 5
11:00 AM Judging Starts Engineering 5
1:00 PM Judging Ends Engineering 5
1:45 PM Closing Ceremonies Hagey Hall
3:30 PM Sendoff Engineering 5
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON