As we're isolated and doing our part to keep each other safe, let's reunite in our digital world and rebuild the future together at nwHacks 2021 - Western Canada's LARGEST 24-hour hackathon.

To all aspiring developers, engineers, designers, and tech lovers worldwide, we invite you to come break barriers, celebrate technology, and learn together alongside 1000+ of the most innovative minds in the Pacific Northwest and around the globe. Technology can connect us, while our passions and ideas have the power to unite us.  

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Details regarding prizes -


  • You must apply via our website -
  • All attendees must be high school or university students. New graduates are welcome as long as your graduation date is within one year of January 2021.
  • Teams are groups of 2-4 people


The following must be completed if you wish to be eligible for prizes 

  • A video demo of no longer than 5 minutes must be included in the submission.
  • Go to and judge the projects that were assigned to you. 

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$CAD91,210 in prizes

1st Place

First place winner will receive $1500 CAD for the entire team, 3-month pro account keys for The Codex, and tickets to Pinnacle hackathon (

2nd Place

Second place winner will receive $1000 CAD and 3-month pro account keys for The Codex

3rd Place

Third place winner will receive $500 CAD for the entire team and 3-month pro account keys for The Codex

Popular Vote (4)

The top four best hacks, chosen by the community will receive the popular vote prize valued at $200 CAD and 3-month pro account keys for The Codex

Honorable Mention (26)

For all those teams that almost made it to the podium and should still be recognized for their hard work during these 24hours. Winners will receive a 3-month pro account from theCodex.

Building a “Groundswell” with the power of Salesforce

Each member on the winning team receives a $100 MEC gift card, a Groundswell Backpack packed with local coffee, local chocolates and other goodies.. PLUS a guaranteed interview at Groundswell!

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Best UX/UI Design Kabam

At Kabam, our mission is to entertain the world. How can you entertain the world without a great user experience? That's why we're interested in seeing what you can do with your project! Kabam will be sponsoring a prize for BEST UX/UI DESIGN. Our judge will be looking for Visual quality, Optimization, and Well-thought-out UI Design.

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Most Innovative Idea With Data Analysis KPMG

KPMG is sponsoring the most innovative and unique idea that includes data analysis and demonstrates the power of data!

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Hootsuite #SocialForGood Award

Hootsuite is sponsoring a prize for the project that better makes a positive social impact on how we communicate in today's world. Winners will get a Raspberry Pi 4, a virtual meet and greet with Hoosuite's CTO, and a guaranteed interview at Hootsuite.
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The Perfect Pitch Deloitte

Deloitte is sponsoring the best pitch competition.

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Best Domain Registered with

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using 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 & Backpack.

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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: Each winning team member will receive a Google Branded Parkland Academy Backpack.

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Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

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!

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Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    Use and proficiency of the technologies(programming languages, APIs, software) used for the project
  • Design
    UI and UX, ease of use and accessibility
  • Functionality
    Demo functionality and quality, bug problems
  • Creativity
    Project creativity and originality
  • Pitch
    Preparedness, content and engagement

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