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.

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Prizes

$CAD19,726 in prizes

Best Overall (3)

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 (3)

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.

Prize: ~$125/hacker

Best Hack for Marginalized Communities

Recognizes a team that creates an inclusive and innovative solution to support marginalized communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

Prize: ~$125/hacker

Best Hack for Mental Health

Recognizes a team that creates an innovative solution with the focus on mental wellbeing and health.

Prize: ~$125/hacker

Best Design/UX

Recognizes the team which creates an accessible interface with a visually appealing flow, has conducted visible UX research, and built an interactive design.

Prize: ~$75/hacker

Best Video/Pitch

Recognizes a team that submits the best pitch/demo through the form of a 3 minute video.

Prize: ~$75/hacker

Hackers Choice

Recognizes the team that receives the most amount of votes from their peers through Likes on Devpost.

Prize: ~$75/hacker

Best hack for Accessibility by Concept (2)

Recognizes the hackathon project that enables accessibility the most innovatively
Prizes:
- $50 Etsy Gift card
- Custom Concept Hoodie & Toque/person

Best Connectivity hack by Rogers

Recognizes the hackathon project that enables connectivity the best

Prizes:
- 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.

Prizes:
- 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.

Prizes:
- $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.

Prize:
- 3 months free EAS (https://expo.dev/pricing)
- $100 Amazon gift card/person

Funniest Hack by Hudson River Trading (3)

Recognizes the team that creates the funniest hack!

Prize:
- 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.

Prize:
- 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).

Prize:
- 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!

Prize:
- Arduino Tiny Machine Learning Kits for you and your team!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

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!

Judges

Shoma Sinha

Shoma Sinha
Concept (Velocity)

Megan Boyd

Megan Boyd
Concept (Velocity)

Mila Banerjee

Mila Banerjee
Concept (Velocity)

Susan Seiler

Susan Seiler
Microsoft

Kasey McMaster

Kasey McMaster
SPS Commerce

Charlie Cheever

Charlie Cheever
CEO, Expo

Rukmani Gopalan

Rukmani Gopalan
Microsoft

Nikki Riemersma

Nikki Riemersma
SPS Commerce

Ketyurah Pinto

Ketyurah Pinto
Microsoft

Cressa Price

Cressa Price
Engineering Manager, D2L

Seema Bansal

Seema Bansal
Microsoft

Alex Lamouri
Apple

Charlotte Countryman

Charlotte Countryman
SPS Commerce

Judging Criteria

  • Available Here: tinyurl.com/TechNovaRubric

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