About the challenge

We’re proud to present Hackville, hosted by Hackademics, taking place in person at Sheridan College’s Hazel McCallion campus on February 10th–12th, 2023! Hackville is Sheridan’s flagship 36-hour hackathon, where students from the GTA and beyond come together to create innovative software projects. Let’s get hacking together!

Our mission is to give the future generation of technologists the opportunity to explore, collaborate, and jumpstart their careers. Join us for a great time with amazing prizes, networking opportunities, and a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience!

The theme for Hackville 2023 is Hack for Tech Amateurs — There are significant barriers for elders, children, and people from technologically-underdeveloped areas when being introduced to technology for the first time. Create a project that makes this transition more accessible, fun, or otherwise better!

Make sure to keep the judging criteria in mind while creating your project.

Get started

Teams can be made up of 1-4 people. If you’re still in look for a team, you can post in the #team-formation channel in our Discord.

Participants are not allowed to work on pre-existing projects or begin their projects before hacking at Hackville 2023. Any code written before the hacking period begins can not be used.

Any attempts of dishonestly or cheating will result in disqualification.


What to Submit

For your Devpost submission, please include the following as you see fit:

  • A link to the *public* GitHub repository that you used for this project

  • A link to the deployed website

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$CAD1,140 in prizes

1st Place: Anker Soundcore 3 — Bluetooth Speaker with Stereo Sound

Each person on the winning team is rewarded with this prize.

2nd Place: Anker Portable Charger 325 Power Bank

Each person on the winning team is rewarded with this prize.

3rd Place: Semlos Smart RGB Light Bar

Each person on the winning team is rewarded with this prize.

Best Use of NLP with Cohere

Cohere makes Natural Language Processing easy to do with their ready to use online platform. Simply sign-up, claim your free $75 credit, no credit card required, and start training your very own language model directly on the web! You and your teammates can each win a Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit by using Cohere in your next hack. Wondering what to build? Cohere is great for text and content generation, text-based search, predictive text and so much more. Check out our software & learn pages for more details!

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console ! Get started with $50 in free credit

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!

Most Creative Use of GitHub

GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Best Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment!

Best Use of MongoDB Atlas

MongoDB Atlas takes the leading modern database and makes it accessible in the cloud! Get started with a $50 credit for students or sign up for the Atlas free forever tier (no credit card required). Along with a suite of services and functionalities, you'll have everything you need to manage all of your data! Build a hack using MongoDB Atlas for a chance to win a M5GO IoT Starter Kit for you and each member of your team.

Google Developers Student Club Challenge (2)

Build a project that solves for one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Winners be given mentorship on how to continue their project for the Google Solutions Challenge and receive $30 for each member.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Execution
    40% - How technically impressive is the hack? Is the project complete? Does the hack allow for a good user experience?
  • Originality
    20% - Was the hack original? Was the hack creative?
  • Social/Industry Impact
    20% - Is the hack practical? Is the value articulated? Does it meet the challenge and fulfill a genuine need?
  • Presentation
    20% - Was the project clearly explained? Was the demo high quality?

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