The University of Windsor is proud to host its inaugural hackathon in March 2020. WinHacks will inspire tech talent locally to get involved in our technology community, ultimately contributing to unlocking the potential of our future programmers, hackers, and designers so that we all make a difference.
This event will be completely hosted online! Approximately 300 students are expected to join us on this three-day event, where all participants will be given 36 hours to come up with their greatest hack. The theme for this hackathon is Mobility! Students are free to interpret the theme however they want.
Participants will be given the opportunity to come up with their greatest creation that will be later presented and judged by a panel of qualified adjudicators and win top tech and cash prizes to be announced!
FREE educational events such as workshops to help hone and adopt new skills in the field of computer science are also on the agenda. We believe that these activities will give contestants a taste of both entrepreneurship and a feel for the work environment that they will soon find themselves.
WinHacks applications are open to students from across the world. Whether you are a freshman or completing your PhD, we want you to apply! We will also be accepting high school students! Each application is reviewed by the WinHacks organizing team!
Your submission must contain a 3-minute video (or less) demo-ing your hack! The best way would be to upload your recording to YouTube and link it in your submission. All submissions must be safe-for-work!
$CAD18,330 in prizes
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 the full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini.
Best Domain Registered with Domain.com
Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend!
Peoples' Choice Award
Vote for your favourite project here on Discord. The first-place team will get $1000 CAD, second place will get $750 CAD, and third place will get $500 CAD!
Best Sustainability & Social Impact Hack
Fiix Software will be giving Google AIY Voice kits for each member of the winning team! The award's criteria are explained on the WinHacks Devpost!
City of Windsor Data Challenge Award
Are there any discernible patterns on a weekly, monthly basis that indicate dates, days or times where backups are most prominent? Based on this pattern, what changes can be made (technology changes only, not physical) to the roadway to help move traffic better along the corridor, and allow local traffic to get to their destination more efficiently? The best project will be awarded $1000!
Most Innovative Hack against COVID-19
WinHacks is inviting tech talent from across North America to participate in a timely challenge seeking innovative and technological ideas and solutions to reduce the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) with mobility in mind! The team with most innovative idea and/or solution that helps us understand, visualize, and soften the impact of the spread of COVID-19 will earn $1000 CAD and be featured/introduced to prominent resources that could assist with furthering your idea!
Most Practical and Impactful Solution
EPICentre will be offering a spot at the RBC EPIC Founders Program, which is an intensive 12-week accelerator program for students and recent graduates aspiring to launch a business. Participants will receive a stipend of up to $6,000 per venture team to discover their entrepreneurial dreams. Eligibility requirements apply: https://www.epicentreuwindsor.ca/epic-founders-program/
Most Launchable Hack
The St. Clair College Genesis Entrepreneurship & Innovation Centre will be offering a $1,000 cash prize to the “Most Launchable Hack” that could most easily go right to start-up.
Miovision Travel Time Challenge
We’ve prepared two datasets from 7 intersections in both Detroit (4) and Windsor (3). The first dataset is Turning Movement Count data for all 7 intersections. The second is a novel dataset where we, for the first time, calculate Travel Time between not just two cities, but two countries. For each Windsor intersection, we’ve compiled Travel Time data to each Detroit intersection, and vice versa. We want to see what you can hack together with this data, and other data based on criteria to be provided. The winning team of this challenge will earn a $1000 prize!
Best UiPath Automation Hack
Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath Branded Backpack.
The Judges for the "Most Innovative Hack against COVID-19" would like to honourably mention participants who have put together some amazing projects!
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Co-Founder & Lead Organizer, WinHacks
The main consideration for every project should be mobility; that is, the ease of access in any field such as automation, supply chain logistics, fintech, and more. Does your project help people throughout their daily lives?
Build a solution to prepare for a sustainable future in the fields of energy, infrastructure, or social equity.
Is the project new or unique? Have you not seen this idea elsewhere?
Is the project easy to use? Does it look nice? Clean projects show the team's commitment.