Waterloo hackers top the standings in North America

Friday, April 5, 2019

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.

“It’s an honour to be recognized, across all schools in North America, as the leading participant in what continues to be one of the most valuable learning opportunities for curious and passionate students,” said Corbin McElhanney, a software engineering student and co-director of the annual Hack the North hackathon at Waterloo.

Standings in the league are determined by points awarded for both participation and winning hardware or software projects built by students at the weekend events.

Finishing behind Waterloo in the top 10 were schools including the University of Toronto, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley.