One of Canada's Largest All-Female Hackathons

Welcome to SheHacks V, Canada’s largest 38 hour all-women’s hackathon! :computer: 
On January 8th, 2021, join 600 women across the country to bring your innovative ideas to life online.
SheHacks is one of Canada’s largest All-Women’s Hackathons, hosted by Western University’s Women in Technology Society. Our focus is preparing women to thrive in the technology industry regardless of: gender identity, background, major, or experience.


SheHacks makes technology accessible for all, attracting hundreds of diverse attendees and corporate leaders at the forefront of progress.


Our Mission
We equip women with skills, connections, and inspiration necessary to grow as innovators, minimizing the gender gap from the ground up and leveling the playing field
We strive to support each attendee in working to ideate, build, and pitch their own unique tech solutions. Direct from industry experts and our partnered sponsors, attendees learn skills crucial to the tech sector today such as intro to Python, UX/UI Design, Machine Learning, and more. Delivered through workshops and keynotes, these learnings support the ability of women to break into technology roles. More than just technical skills, our teams leave with genuine industry connections, a fortified sense of community, and inspiration to lead.

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Prizes

$CAD43,780 in prizes

Best Overall

Each member of the winning team will win a choice of either the Apple Watch SE or the Fitbit Sense. Your entire team will also be invited to attend Pinnacle - all expenses paid for. See https://pinnacle.us.org/ for more info.

Best usage of Hedera Hashgraph

Hedera Hashgraph is a next generation blockchain technology that’s accessible from familiar programming languages like Java and JavaScript. The Hedera team will award a Nintendo Switch Lite to each member of the team that has the best implementation of their technology within the hackathon.

TD Green Hack Challenge

We are looking for the most green hack. Hacks related to finance, the environment and even using the colour green are welcome! Every member of the winning team will receive a $250 Visa gift card.

Ubisoft Toronto Hackers Nest API

Ubisoft Toronto invites you to a challenge of creativity and problem solving. Create a game that explores your idea of the unknown! Our mentors will help you succeed by providing hands on demonstrations, documentation and consultations during this workshop and throughout the weekend. Each member of the winning team will receive a $500 prize pack!

Ubisoft Toronto Hackers Nest API 2nd Place

Ubisoft Toronto invites you to a challenge of creativity and problem solving. Create a game that explores your idea of the unknown! Our mentors will help you succeed by providing hands on demonstrations, documentation and consultations during this workshop and throughout the weekend.

Ubisoft Toronto Hackers Nest API 3rd Place

Ubisoft Toronto invites you to a challenge of creativity and problem solving. Create a game that explores your idea of the unknown! Our mentors will help you succeed by providing hands on demonstrations, documentation and consultations during this workshop and throughout the weekend.

Best Game

Zynga is on the hunt for the best game hack! Your product must be categorized as a video game; "a game played with an electronic screen as its primary interface, most or all of which is defined using code". Judging criteria will be based on project visuals, design, creativity, sound, narrative and system. We can't wait to see what you come up with!
The winning team will receive a video game of their choice, with a cumulative value of up to $200.

Bell Caring for Remote Communities

The past year has shown us the importance of being connected.
For the first time in recent history, people dwelling near urban centres were unable to easily access services in-person due to social distancing restrictions.
This inability to easily access services is a common and long-standing problem for remote communities. It becomes even more serious when health care is considered. Services like medical consultation, diagnosis and treatment all become more difficult to deliver.
Your challenge is to create a technology solution that can help improve the delivery of a particular medical service to remote communities.
Each member of the 1st place team will each receive a computer screen for their home office.

Bell Caring for Remote Communities 2nd Place

The past year has shown us the importance of being connected. For the first time in recent history, people dwelling near urban centres were unable to easily access services in-person due to social distancing restrictions. This inability to easily access services is a common and long-standing problem for remote communities. It becomes even more serious when health care is considered. Services like medical consultation, diagnosis and treatment all become more difficult to deliver. Your challenge is to create a technology solution that can help improve the delivery of a particular medical service to remote communities. The 2nd place team will each get a $50 The Source gift card.

Bell Caring for Remote Communities 3rd Place

The past year has shown us the importance of being connected. For the first time in recent history, people dwelling near urban centres were unable to easily access services in-person due to social distancing restrictions. This inability to easily access services is a common and long-standing problem for remote communities. It becomes even more serious when health care is considered. Services like medical consultation, diagnosis and treatment all become more difficult to deliver. Your challenge is to create a technology solution that can help improve the delivery of a particular medical service to remote communities. 3rd place team members will receive a $25 The Source gift card.

Accenture Most Innovative Use of Tech for All

Design and build a solution that aims to reduce the tech gap in society. The solution should promote inclusion and accessibility in technology, or reduce barriers to technology or technological bias. Winners will receive an Echo Dot (4th gen).

Geotab Ignition Challenge

Use Geotab's telematics data sets in the most innovative way possible. Available datasets are in covid mobility impact (traffic analysis, congestion, fuel fillup analytics, etc.), weather information, urban infrastructure analytics (dangerous intersections, cell coverage areas, etc.), and vehicle location analytics (parking locations, fuel station metrics, idling times, etc.). Winners receive guaranteed interviews for a co-op/internship placement, and $100 per winner.

Scotiabank Best Hack for Educating Women Between the Age of 10-15 on Finance

Scotiabank will award a gaming chair to each member of the team who builds the best hack for educating women between the age of 10-15 on finance!

Wolfram Alpha Award (20)

A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro will be awarded to everyone in the top 20 teams!

Kuzoclass Prize

The hack with the most feasible business idea will receive $6000 worth of Kuzoclass classes to build your hackathon project into a real startup!

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. We select two winning teams for this category. Each winning team member will receive a prize!

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. Each winning team member will receive a Google Branded Parkland Academy Backpack.

Best use of DataStax Astra

Apache Cassandra is one of the most widely used database technologies in modern computing with a proven track record of scalability. Just ask Apple, Netflix and eBay. Build a hack using DataStax Astra’s Cassandra-made-easy service and gain in-demand skills along with a chance to win Blue Snowball Microphones for you and your whole team. It’s easy to sign up with 5GB free and no credit card needed. Start becoming a Cassandra expert today!

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a .tech, .space, or .online 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 & Domain.com Backpack.

Neutral Best Sustainability Hack

The sustainability challenge drives hackers to create solutions that help individuals be thoughtful about the technological solutions they can build to address the climate crisis. This prize will be awarded to the project that best tackles or brings awareness to an environmental issue of their choice. Every member of the winning team will receive $100 worth of tentree credits and a $50 donation to a Patagonia Action Works project of their choice.

Best Design

Axure RP 9 is the most powerful way to plan, prototype, and hand off to developers, all without code. The project with the best design will win a 1 year subscription to Axure RP Team.

Winners will also receive a 1 year Centered membership! Centered.app helps you reach your Flow State faster & longer so you can focus better, get your work done quickly and feel less stressed.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

 

All those who have been accepted, and RSVP-ed, to participate at SheHacks are eligible to submit a project. Teams can consist of 1-4 members.

Requirements

When submitting your hack, please include a good representation of your work. This could be a link to your code (Github, bitbucket), screenshots of the project or a video walking through how your project works.

Projects must be submitted by 10AM on January 11th, 2021. Make sure to choose the prize categories you want to be judged on. We encourage you to pick multiple prize categories, even if your project is incomplete. This hackathon is focused on being a learning experience; we'd love to see what you've learned!

Judges

Rachelle Cheung

Rachelle Cheung
Program Manager, Microsoft

Pavi Logeswaran

Pavi Logeswaran
Product Designer, Shopify

Simi Hunjan

Simi Hunjan
Developer Advocate, Hedera Hashgraph

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    How difficult are the technical components of the project?
  • Business Idea
    How feasible is the business idea?
  • Design
    Is the design intuitive to use?
  • Originality
    How creative is the project?