Hackers at the University of Waterloo topped counterparts at more than 2,000 other schools to take first-place honours in a North American league for the popular invention competitions.
The result reflected the fact over 3,200 Waterloo students took part in more than 150 events supported by Major League Hacking (MLH) during the 2017-2018 season and finished in the top three at 30 of them.
Waterloo Engineering students placed first and third in both the Innovative Design and Senior Design categories and second in the Junior Design category at OEC held at McMaster University earlier this month. The first and second place teams will move on to compete in the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) to be held March 1-3 in Engineering 7.
A University of Waterloo alumnus who is a successful venture capitalist and part owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors has donated $25 million towards Engineering 7, the University’s newest building that officially opened today.
Chamath Palihapitiya kept it light but heartfelt when he was announced today as the largest private donor to the new Engineering 7 (E7) building as hundreds of people gathered to celebrate its official opening.
A 1999 graduate of Waterloo Engineering who went on to tremendous success in business, Palihapitiya got a laugh when he joked via video clip about not being able to attend the event in person because an injury had forced him to fill in for the Golden State Warriors, the NBA basketball team he partly owns.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought equal amounts of enthusiasm and inspiration Friday as he helped kick off Hack the North with a brief but rousing speech to a packed house at Hagey Hall.
Trudeau admitted he once “sort of dropped out” of an engineering program, but said he envied about 1,000 students from top universities in 22 countries who gathered in Waterloo for the weekend hackathon.