NSBEHacks UofT is the first university student-run black hackathon in the GTA. 

Our Mission:

We believe in equaling the footing for black students within Canada by placing them in a comfortable environment where they’re allowed to be creative and innovative, and also affording them opportunities for personal and career development through the help of our trusted partners, workshops and mentors.




- Teams can consist of up to 4 participants



Hackathon Sponsors


$CAD5,140 in prizes

1st Place

Prize: Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS)

2nd Place

Prize: JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speakers

3rd Place

Prize: Amazon Echo Dot

Best Black Hack

Best hack that includes a component that services or empowers the black community.

Prize: Apple AirPods

Best First Time Hack

Teams of novice hackers (team must be more than 50% novice) will be eligible for this challenge/price category.

Prize: Sony Portable Bluetooth Speakers

Best Use of IBM Watson or BlockChain API

Best hack built using an IBM Watson or Blockchain API. Bonus points for using it in context of cybersecurity.

Prize: LiteHawk Snap Auto Quadcopter Drone with Camera

Best Use of Google Cloud Platform (2)

Best hack that uses the Google Cloud Platform. Google will be hosting a workshop to teach participants how to use the platform.

Prize: Google Home Minis

Best Student Education Hack

Best hack that addresses improving the student learning experience at U of T Engineering

Prize: Slim 1TB Backup Plus Hard Drive + UofT Swag Kit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Mikhail Burke

Mikhail Burke
Dean’s Advisor on Black Inclusivity Initiatives - University of Toronto Faculty of Engineering

Alanna Walton

Alanna Walton
Software Engineer on the Storage Frontend Team working on IoT devices - Google Cloud Platform

Tamar Huggins

Tamar Huggins
Founder - Tech Spark

Kelly-Marie Melville

Kelly-Marie Melville
PricingManager - ABB Inc.

Semilore Ajayi

Semilore Ajayi
President of the University of Toronto’s Black Students’ Association and research assistant to the Director of the African Studies Program.

Hassan Djirdeh

Hassan Djirdeh
Front End Developer at Shopify on the Platform team.

Judging Criteria

  • Wow factor
    How creative has the group been in solving the challenge? Did they come up with a new idea, or did they follow existing patterns and solutions? Does it seem remarkable that someone could achieve this hack in just a day?
  • Execution
    Does the hack work? Is the hack testable? The hack does not have to be perfect or production ready, but does the idea come to life with their demo?
  • Design
    Did the group consider the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX)? How well designed is the demo? How are the graphics, or how is the human-computer interaction? Is it easy to use or does it require a lot of training to master the demo?
  • The Pitch
    Hackers will also be judged on their pitch. Were they convincing enough, was it short and concise, and were they passionate about their project? The pitch can be a maximum of 3 minutes.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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