About the challenge

Welcome to Hack the Ridge, the annual hackathon held at Iroquois Ridge High School in Oakville, Ontario! Let your creativity run free as you build a project addressing the most important technological issues in society. Our website is available here: https://hacktheridge.ca/.

Get started

- Figure out a project idea

- Map out your pseudocode or logic paths

- Start hacking!

- Debug continuously until your project runs smoothly...

Requirements

What to Build

The content of the hack is entirely up to hackers, but it must address the theme of the Hackathon (released on the day of the event). You may use any language, libraries, and frameworks you want.

What to Submit

We ask that you create a Github repository containing all of your project's code to submit to Devpost. We will not accept .zip files, videos, or any other submission formats.

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Prizes

$CAD2,850 in prizes

1st Team Overall

Awarded to the best team overall with two or more members.
- $1000 cash prize, sponsored by Toronto Metropolitan University.
- Deloitte swag bags

2nd Team Overall

Awarded to the second team overall with two or more members.
- $400 cash prize
- $50 coupon for Forest of Flowers

3rd Team Overall

Awarded to the third team overall with two or more members.
- $200 cash prize
- $50 coupon for Forest of Flowers

Best Solo Hack - Male

Awarded to the best project overall made by a male or male-identifying contestant.
- $500 cash prize, sponsored by Toronto Metropolitan University

Best Solo Hack - Female

Awarded to the best project overall made by a female or female-identifying contestant.
- $500 cash prize, sponsored by Toronto Metropolitan University

Best UI

Awarded to the hack with the most visually aesthetic, intuitive, and functional user interface.
- $50 cash prize

Best Pitch

Awarded to the team who delivers the most compelling pitch to their judges.
- $50 cash prize

Most Creative

Awarded to the most creative and original idea, if the prototype isn't complete.
- $50 cash prize

Most Complexity

Awarded to the project that demonstrates the most advanced algorithms, design patterns, and programming techniques.
- $50 cash prize

Most Feasible

Awarded to the hack that's most likely to be implemented in the real world.
- $50 cash prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Aidan Zhang

Aidan Zhang
IRHS

Vivaan Chugh

Vivaan Chugh
IRHS

Aidan Tran

Aidan Tran
IRHS

Lawrence Zou

Lawrence Zou
IRHS

Ethan Luc

Ethan Luc
IRHS

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity/Originality (/10 points)
    Is your project unique? Does it address a specific issue that's seldom discussed? Your project can be based on something else or an improvement on an existing program, but should bring something new.
  • Complexity (/10 points)
    The amount of effort required to make this hack successful. Note that we do not care about unnecessary fancy operations and libraries - make it elegant and meaningful.
  • Efficacy (/10 points)
    These points will be awarded based on how effective your hack is at what it's supposed to do. Does it solve a problem related to the Hackathon's theme?
  • Efficiency (/5 points)
    Efficiency will be judged based off of code comments, layout, and eloquence. Keep your code clean and avoid brute-force operations for full points.
  • Application Value (/5 points)
    What is the real-world context of your hack? Does it bring real value to the world?
  • Wow Factor
    Buffer points for anything not captured in the above pieces of criteria!

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