NSBEHacks UofT is the first university student-run black hackathon in the GTA.
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
$CAD5,140 in prizes
Prize: Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS)
Prize: JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speakers
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
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
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Dean’s Advisor on Black Inclusivity Initiatives - University of Toronto Faculty of Engineering
Software Engineer on the Storage Frontend Team working on IoT devices - Google Cloud Platform
Founder - Tech Spark
PricingManager - ABB Inc.
President of the University of Toronto’s Black Students’ Association and research assistant to the Director of the African Studies Program.
Front End Developer at Shopify on the Platform team.
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?
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?
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?
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.