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CalgaryHacks 2021 is a 24 hour sprint-style, competitive programming contest designed to promote creativity, collaboration, and innovative thinking. In the spirit of a sprint-style event, groups (1-5 people) will be presented with 3 prompts the day of the event and will be tasked with developing a solution to the prompt of their choice. Participants will have total creative control over how they address the prompt, submissions could be anything from a live website to a proof-of-concept.

See for examples of last years submission.

This is the premier opportunity for students of all levels, from high school to graduate, to apply their skills in a practical and resume boosting way. Groups will pitch their work live to panels of judges made up of both academic and industry professionals. Groups will also create a short video (3 min or less) demonstrating their project.

There are two prize tracks for this competition, Tier 1 and Tier 2. Tier 1 has large cash prizes and is open to students (and recent grads) of all levels. Tier 2 is only open to first year undergrads and high school students and has smaller cash prizes. We will also have smaller Bounty Challenges that will be rewarded with cash prizes that groups can incorporate into their submission, for example a bounty challenge may prompt students to use a specific API in their solution. Bounty Prizes are open to both Tiers.

For the first time, CalgaryHacks is being held as an online event open to all students studying in Canada. To retain the excitement of an in-person event we will be broadcasting the event live over Twitch, including the topic and winner announcements. The event will be organized and announcements we be made on our Discord server.




CalgaryHacks 2021 is open only to students and recent grads of Canadian institutions. This includes: high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. A group cannot be comprised of more than half graduate students, graduate students may not compete alone. A group has a maximum of 5 students. Recent grads are eligible to compete if their gradaution date was sometime in 2020.

Any student may compete in for the Tier 1 prize pool. Only groups consisting entirely of students in their first year of undergraduate study or high school may compete for the Tier 2 prize pool.

To be eligible for monetary prizing the participant must have Canadian banking information. To be eligible for any prizes that need to be shipped the participant must have a Canadian address.



All source code of a project and demonstration video must be submitted for the group to be eligible for prizing. All functionality demonstrated in the submission video must be present in the submitted source code.

The submitted video should be no more than 3 minutes in length. Only the first 3 minutes of any video will be shown to judges.

Submissions must be novel work created during the 24 hour span of the competition.

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$CAD15,000 in prizes

(Tier 1) First Place

$5000 CAD

(Tier 2) First Place

$1000 CAD

(Tier 1) Second Place

$3000 CAD

(Tier 2) Second Place

$750 CAD

(Tier 1) Third Place

$2000 CAD

(Tier 2) Third Place

$500 CAD


We will be raffling off various draw-prizes worth a total $1250 during the closing ceremonies of the event. Individuals who's group participated in judging will be eligible for the draw.

Best use of a Cloud Computing Service -- Powered by Athennian

Awarded to the group who makes best use of any cloud computing service (ex. Google Cloud, AWS, Azure) in their project. If using Google Cloud please also opt-in for the "Best use of Google Cloud".

Best use of Machine Learning -- Powered by Clio

Awarded to the group who makes the best use of machine learning in their project.

Best User Experience / User Interface Design

Awarded to the group which scores best on the "“How much thought and effort are put into user experience and design?" judging criteria.

Best Domain Registered with

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using 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 & Backpack.

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: Each winning team member will receive a Google Branded Parkland Academy Backpack. Please also opt-in for the "Best use of a Cloud Computing Service" prize.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:



Judging Criteria

  • Concept
    Does the idea appropriately address the chosen topic?
  • Creativity
    How innovative is the idea? Judges will evaluate if the project is a novel response to the chosen topic.
  • Effectiveness
    How effective is the solution in addressing the chosen topic?
  • Technical Challenge
    How technically challenging/impressive is the implementation?
  • Design
    How much thought and effort are put into user experience and design?
  • Presentation
    How effective is the presentation at conveying the idea and solution?

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