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$38,370 in prizes

Hack the North 2020++ Finalists (23)

The finalists of Hack the North 2020++!
Judging Type: Live Demos on Discord

Best Use of CockroachDB

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open-source and indestructible SQL database. Use CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win an iPad mini for each team member.
Judging Type: Devpost Submissions

Best Use of Voiceflow App

Submit a project that uses Voiceflow (https://voiceflow.com) – explain how Voiceflow helped to achieve the goal of your project. The team with the best use case will receive a Voiceflow swag pack, including Alexa/Google devices and Voiceflow company swag.
Judging Type: Devpost Submissions

Dropbase API Prize

A Sony XM4 Noise Cancelling Headphones will be awarded to each member of the team that makes the best use of the Dropbase API to build innovative ways to send, share, and/or centralize CSVs and Excel files. For Hack the North, Dropbase will release the first version of the Dropbase API that allows developers to programmatically ingest files, apply preset data preparation steps, and load them up to a live database.
Judging Type: Devpost Submissions

Facebook API Prize

Facebook will be hosting a "Best Facebook API" contest. Build your project around any Facebook API, and you could win a Portal or other prizes.
Judging Type: Devpost Submissions

Ubisoft Hackers NEST API Challenge

Each member of the winning team will be awarded a $500 prize. Use our custom Ubisoft Hackers NEST API to demonstrate your abilities as a game developer and take us on a journey! Please visit our virtual booth and attend our workshop to learn more about the API and get access to the key!
Judging Type: Devpost Submissions

IBM API Prize

Prizes will be awarded to the team that uses IBM Cloud in the most meaningful way. The members of the winning team will each receive an IBM Swag Package + surprise add-on!
Judging Type: Live Demos on Hopin

Vonage API Prize

A Nanoleaf Shapes Mini Triangle Smarter Kit will be awarded to each member of the winning team for Best Use of Vonage API. Vonage is a cloud communications platform that allows developers to integrate voice, video and messaging into their applications using their communication APIs. So whether you want to build video calls into your app, create a Facebook bot, or build applications on top of programmable phone numbers, Vonage has got you covered. To find out more about how to get started, attend our workshop or go to https://developer.vonage.com/.
Judging Type: Devpost Submissions

Azure Champ Prize - Hack for Good

The Azure prize is awarded to the team that makes the best use of Azure during this hackathon. The primary requirement is that your hack project includes Azure in some way. Microsoft will award the winning team with the following:
Each member will receive: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate & Linkedin Learning Membership
As a team: $1,000 USD to be donated to an approved charity of their choice to support our joint initiative – social good!
For more information, go to https://aka.ms/hackwithazure
Judging Type: Devpost Submissions

Hootsuite API Prize

A Raspberry Pi 4 will be awarded to each member of the winning team who makes the best use of the Hootsuite API to improve how we communicate in today's connected world. Additionally, the winners will have the opportunity for a virtual meet-and-greet and Q&A with our CTO, Ryan Donovan, and receive an invitation to interview for our upcoming software developer co-op roles. Please request access to our API ASAP by following steps here: https://developer.hootsuite.com/docs/setup-an-app
Judging Type: Devpost Submissions

Best Use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google Branded Parkland Academy Backpack.
Judging Type: Devpost Submissions

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger and Domain.com Backpack.
Judging Type: Devpost Submissions

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. We select two winning teams for this category. Each winning team member will receive a prize!
Judging Type: Devpost Submissions

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Henry Shi

Henry Shi
Co-founder and CTO, SnapCommerce

Qasar Younis

Qasar Younis
Chief Executive Officer, Applied Intuition

Mohit Cheppudira

Mohit Cheppudira
Principal Engineer, Cloud Security, Google

Chris Bryson

Chris Bryson
Angel Investor & Startup Coach

Eric Diep

Eric Diep
Founder, A Thinking Ape Entertainment

Linden Tibbets

Linden Tibbets
CEO, IFTTT

Steve McCartney

Steve McCartney
Board Director and Advisor to Tech Companies

Hongwei Liu

Hongwei Liu
CEO, Mappedin

Eric Migicovsky

Eric Migicovsky
Partner, Y Combinator

Joost Ouwerkerk

Joost Ouwerkerk
Co-Founder and Head of Platform Engineering, Hopper

Alex MacCaw

Alex MacCaw
Co-founder and Chairman, Clearbit

Leo Polovets

Leo Polovets
General Partner, Susa Ventures

Yitong Zhang

Yitong Zhang
Staff Product Designer, Coinbase

Michael Gibson

Michael Gibson
Partner, 1517 Fund

Danielle Strachman

Danielle Strachman
Partner, 1517 Fund

Ellen Chisa

Ellen Chisa
Founder, Dark

Gregory Koberger

Gregory Koberger
Founder, ReadMe

Andrew Miklas

Andrew Miklas
Partner, s28 Capital

Valentin Tsatskin

Valentin Tsatskin
Senior Full-stack Engineer, Layer 6

Jonathan Norris

Jonathan Norris
Co-Founder & CTO, Taplytics

Luke Iseman

Luke Iseman
Entrepreneur

Jen Dewalt

Jen Dewalt
Founder, Zube

Evan Stites-Clayton

Evan Stites-Clayton
CEO, Black Lotus Inc.

Deon Nicholas

Deon Nicholas
Founder & CEO, Forethought AI

Dhananja Jayalath

Dhananja Jayalath
Co-Founder, Athos

Patrick Hannigan

Patrick Hannigan
Co-founder and CTO, Hive.co

Alexis Smirnov

Alexis Smirnov
Chief Technology Officer, Dialogue

Chris Best

Chris Best
Co-founder and CEO, Substack

Ali Partovi

Ali Partovi
CEO, Neo

Shirley Miao

Shirley Miao
Software Engineer, Figma

Bogdan Knezevic

Bogdan Knezevic
Program Lead, Toronto, Entrepreneur First

Nicolas Zuluaga

Nicolas Zuluaga
Software Developer, KPMG

Luba Yudasina

Luba Yudasina
Co-founder, Loka and Founder, Life of Luba

Daryna Kulya

Daryna Kulya
Co-Founder, OpenPhone

Tanner Philp

Tanner Philp
Head of Corporate Development and Operations, Kik Inc.

Vishal Mathur

Vishal Mathur
Product Manager, Microsoft

Tiffani Ashley Bell

Tiffani Ashley Bell
Founder & Executive Director, The Human Utility

Tyler Campaigne

Tyler Campaigne
VP Engineering, Vidyard

Sean Young

Sean Young
Senior Product Manager, BrainStation

LP Maurice

LP Maurice
CEO & Co-founder, Busbud

Nima Vaziri

Nima Vaziri
Senior Software Engineer, Machine Learning at Farfetch

Ann Makosinski

Ann Makosinski
Inventor & Speaker

Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma
Managing Director, Techstars Toronto

Liam Horne

Liam Horne
Co-Founder, L4

Adam Wootton

Adam Wootton
Staff Software Engineer, Taplytics

Jacob Willemsma

Jacob Willemsma
Founding Engineer, Lunchclub

Phil Rivard

Phil Rivard
Director of Ventures, NEXT Canada

Jordan Jocius

Jordan Jocius
Director, Waterloo-Toronto Corridor, Founder Institute

Victor Vucicevich

Victor Vucicevich
Product Manager, Taplytics

Jake Cooper

Jake Cooper
Founder, Railway.app

Judging Criteria

  • Wow factor
    Does the project stand out?
  • Technical difficulty
    How technically complex is the project?
  • Originality
    Is the project new or unique?
  • Design
    Is the project easy to use and polished?