TechNova is a student-led organization aimed at creating a more gender-equitable future in technology. Our inaugural event is the University of Waterloo’s First Global Women+ in Tech Hackathon which aims to provide students with an end-to-end program to help accelerate their journeys in technology, wherever they might be.
Projects must be in by Sunday Aug 29th, 2021 at 10AM EDT
- Judging will be done asynchronously Sun Aug 29 @10AM - 6PM EDT
- Teams will be expected to submit a 3 minute pitch/demo video
- Any code/project started outside the hacking period starts will be not be allowed.
- Only original submissions will be accepted (eg. You can't have submitted the hack to a previous hackathon).
- You may only submit your hack to TechNova's Hack with Us 2021, not other hackathons occurring concurrently.
- Fill out the Team confirmation form avalible in the Hacker package, #instructions action item #9 or pinned in #team-formations on Discord.
- View the Judging Criteria here!
$CAD19,726 in prizes
The team that performs the best overall in both the Hack and Pitch categories. They have created a unique and innovative Hack, which encompasses the values presented by Tech Nova.
Best Overall, 1st Place (~$300/hacker)
Best Overall, 2nd Place (~ $200/hacker)
Best Overall, 3rd Place (~ $150/hacker)
Beginner Stream Winners
The beginner team that performs the Hack category. They have created a unique and innovative Hack, which encompasses the values presented by Tech Nova.
Criteria: 3/4 members must be first-time hackers
Best Beginner Hack, 1st Place (~$300/hacker)
Best Beginner Hack, 2nd Place (~$200/hacker)
Best Beginner Hack, 3rd Place (~$150/hacker)
Best Female Empowerment & Gender-Equity Hack
Recognizes a team that creates an innovative and inclusive solution to tackle a specific goal, with the focus on Female Empowerment & Gender-Equity.
Best Hack for Marginalized Communities
Recognizes a team that creates an inclusive and innovative solution to support marginalized communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
Best Hack for Mental Health
Recognizes a team that creates an innovative solution with the focus on mental wellbeing and health.
Recognizes the team which creates an accessible interface with a visually appealing flow, has conducted visible UX research, and built an interactive design.
Recognizes a team that submits the best pitch/demo through the form of a 3 minute video.
Recognizes the team that receives the most amount of votes from their peers through Likes on Devpost.
Best hack for Accessibility by Concept
Recognizes the hackathon project that enables accessibility the most innovatively
- $50 Etsy Gift card
- Custom Concept Hoodie & Toque/person
Best Connectivity hack by Rogers
Recognizes the hackathon project that enables connectivity the best
- Rogers swag package (potentially a mug and backpack)
- Guaranteed interview for a Campus role this October along.
Best hack for a Sustainable Future by Microsoft
Recognizes a team that creates the best hack for environment and health, with a focus on sustainability and future.
- Microsoft Surface Earbuds
- Surface Earbuds valued at $200/person
Best hack for Social Good by Cockroach Labs
Recognizes a team that creates the best social good hack.
- $100 Amazon Gift Cards/person
- An opportunity to be featured on our Twitch channel and a mentor conversation with our Women at Cockroach Labs ERG members
Best use of Expo
Recognizes the hackathon project that makes the best use of Expo's multi-platform tools.
- 3 months free EAS (https://expo.dev/pricing)
- $100 Amazon gift card/person
Funniest Hack by Hudson River Trading
Recognizes the team that creates the funniest hack!
- 1st Place: $150$ Amazon gift card/person + Link to VIP swag store
- 2nd/3rd Place: Link to VIP swag store
Best Domain Registered with Domain.com
Register a .tech 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.
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](http://g.co/cloud).
- Each winning team member located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded backpack.
Best Use of Jina
Jina is an open-source search framework that makes building AI-powered search applications even easier for hackers. Create search functionality that matches all kinds of data, including text, images, video & more!
- Arduino Tiny Machine Learning Kits for you and your team!
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Engineering Manager, D2L
Available Here: tinyurl.com/TechNovaRubric