Hack the North, the annual hackathon sponsored by the Faculty of Mathematics, is taking place this weekend.
Most of the 36 hours of events are taking place virtually, with some in-person aspects of the event.
“Hack the North exists to give anyone the ability and the opportunity to dream big,” said Jessica Zhang, one of the co-directors of the event. “Whether that’s through workshops or mentorship, whether that’s through the speaker panels or networking, we’re connecting people and giving them a space and the resources to build something amazing.”
Bringing together more than 3,000 students from Canada and around the globe, Hack the North is a unique student-led hackathon. In its eighth year, the event operates in partnership with the Faculty of Mathematics and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. The two faculties provide ongoing logistical support and funding.
Hack the North is sponsored by some of the biggest and most innovative global and local tech brands, including Hootsuite, Facebook, Google, Cisco, D2L and Ubisoft.
Emily Wang, the other co-director, said the partnerships and sponsorships are instrumental in the success of Hack the North. Some sponsors also provide access to exciting application programming interfaces (APIs), which participants can use to create apps.
“Hackers are free to use whatever technology or platform they want during the event, so we don’t have any limitations or restrictions in that way,” Wang said. “But we do have certain sponsors that have their own APIs that hackers can use, and there are special API prizes as well.”
Read more about Hack the North in the story on Waterloo News.