Dream it. Believe it. Build it.

uOttaHack is back for the 2020 hackathon season, so get ready for another exciting weekend full of teamwork, innovation, and creativity! From February 7th to 9th, we'll challenge over 500 hackers from across North America to build their most ambitious projects in just 36 hours.

While you're not busy working on your project, you'll have the chance to attend workshops, play with awesome tech, talk to recruiters, and make some new friends. We believe that everybody should be empowered to create and bring their ideas to life. We encourage artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators from all faculties and skill levels to attend. We can't wait to see you there!

Tracks

At uOttaHack 3, hackers are to enter into one of our three hacking tracks, broad categories that represent real life industries in tech and build their projects around them. Hackers still have complete creative freedom with what their project actually does, but they should be making an effort to relate it to the specific track.

Smart Delivery - Sponsored by InnovaPost

Today’s extremely fast pace of e-commerce has created an even greater demand for highly efficient delivery systems, where consumers expect short delivery times without any risk of delays. Delivery technology has evolved to grow beyond just traditional shipments, now it can connect restaurants with customers all across the city, bring groceries to your doorstep, and even bring thousands of items to your doorstep in a matter of hours. Projects in this track should aim at taking delivery to its next innovation, introducing delivery tech to completely new industry, and applying modern technology (hardware or software) to the delivery pipeline.

FinTech

Financial technology has become a rapidly growing industry that serves both consumers and businesses. Recent years have seen the rise of products aimed at improving financial literacy, mobile banking, cryptocurrency, investing apps, and more. Projects in this track should aim to improve on existing financial infrastructure, bring new innovations in the sector for consumers, and apply modern technology to the traditional financial world.

HealthTech

Health technology is a broad industry that includes any products or services that improve the delivery, payment, and consumption of care. Companies in this sector aim at innovating the crucial patient-practitioner relationship with a modern approach. Products can include fitness and lifestyle improvement apps, patient care systems, e-commerce based pharmaceuticals, and more. Projects in this track should aim to improve the average patient’s quality of life, increase the efficiency of medical practitioners, and bring new concepts to an industry where patient safety is the highest priority.

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Prizes

$13,520 in prizes

HealthTech Track Winner

Fitbit Versa Smartwatch x4
$125 DigitalOcean Credits x4

FinTech Track Winner

Google Nest Hub x4
$125 DigitalOcean Credits x4

Smart Delivery Track Winner

DJI Tello Drone x4
$125 DigitalOcean Credits x4
$50 Gift Card x4
Invites to InnovaPost's office for their AWS DeepRacer event

Solace Challenge

Apple Airpods x4

Deloitte Challenge

Google Home Mini x4

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Domain.com branded backpack.

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 Home Mini.

Best UiPath Automation Hack

Build or add automation to your hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a Limited Edition UiPath Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with high recommendation!

Best use of MongoDB Atlas

AirCharge Plus Wireless Powerbank x4

Best Carleton - Ottawa Collab

Stuffed Pandas

Most Useless Hack

Wolfram Award (20)

Wolfram Award given to the top 20 placed teams

This award is for a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

  • Teams must enter ONE and ONLY one track.
  • Your project must relate somehow to problems, challenges, and new ideas relevant to the track found in the real world.

Judges

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Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. For a hardware project, it might be more about the human-computer interaction
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning
    Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before? If a team which always does virtual reality projects decides to switch up and try doing a mobile app instead, that exploration should be rewarded.
  • Relation to Track
    How was the track incorporated into their project?