uOttaHack is back for the 2023 hackathon season, so get ready for another exciting weekend full of teamwork, innovation, and creativity! From February 10th to 12th, 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!

2023 Event Website: https://2023.uottahack.ca/ 

2023 Live Site (schedule, challenges, and prizes): https://live.uottahack.ca/

Hackathon Sponsors


$CAD18,131 in prizes

Top 3 Finalist! (3)

4 x HyperX Gaming Headsets
4 x Fitbit Inspire 3
4 x Google Nest Mini
4 x Razer Orochi(v2)
4 x MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interview.
4 x $125 DigitalOcean Credits

4 x Razer Kiyo Webcam & Seiren Mic Streaming Kit
4 x Google Nest Mini
4 x MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interview.
4 x $125 DigitalOcean Credits

4 x Fitbit Inspire 3
4 x MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interview.
4 x $125 DigitalOcean Credits

Nokia Challenge

Prize: 4 x $250 Amazon gift cards + guided tour of the Nokia office + chat with CTO & President of Nokia Canada

Noibu Challenge (2)

Prize: 4 x Airpods Pro + Box seats at the Noibu HQ + Noibu branded Hoodies & Hats!

Phreesia challenge (3)

Prize: 4 x 50$ Visa Gift Cards!

Solace Challenge

Prize: 4 x $250 Amazon gift cards!

Innovapost Challenge

Prize: 4 x $100 Best Buy Gift Cards & Innovapost Swag Bags!

CSE Challenge

Prize: 4 x 50$ Amazon gift cards!

Microsoft Cloud Challenge

Build a project that tackles a social impact issue of your choice using Microsoft Cloud!

Prize: LinkedIn Premium 12-Month subscription and an Xbox Ultimate 3-Month Game Pass.

Redbull Doodle Art Challenge

uOttaHack Finalist:
• 1st place: 50 $ Amazon gift card
• 2nd place: 15$ Starbucks gift card
• 3rd place: 15$ Starbucks gift card

Overall Competition Finalist:
• One artist from Canada will be invited to bring their doodle to the blockchain at the world final in Amsterdam in May.

Scoreboard Challenge by eHub

Point System:
• 1 Point - Attending a workshop
• 4 Points - Submitting a project
• 8 Points - Finding a vintage 2018 uOttaHack Sticker (photo proof in #uottapics channel in Discord)

Prize: Top 5 scores each get $525 cash!

Winners: Anisaftab Saiyed, Juan Torres Barahona, Shandru Nareshan, Emilia Zielinska, & Hasin Zaman.

Best Use of NLP with Cohere

Cohere helps developers generate or analyze text to do things like write copy, moderate content, classify data, all at a massive scale. No matter your level of experience, Cohere's API makes it easy to build machine learning into your application.

Prize: Arduino Starter Kit

Most Creative Use of GitHub

GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Best Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment!

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API! Get started with $50 in free credits!

Prize: Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console!

Best Accessibility Hack sponsored by Fidelity

At Fidelity, accessibility is viewed as a major key to the success of their business, which is why they are challenging you to come up with innovative ways to make tech more accessible! We want you to use your hacking skills to find and build solutions that put opportunities and resources within reach to all communities. The team with the best accessibility hack will win a Fidelity branded wireless charger for each team member!

Prize: Fidelity Branded Wireless Charger

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

Prize: Domain.com Branded Backpack

Most Useless Hack

Prize: A bag of useless items!

Best Carleton x uOttawa Collab!

Prize: 4 x stuffed toy pandas!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


2023 Judging Committee

2023 Judging Committee

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.

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