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Join 500 innovative and creative developers, designers, and creators for 36 hours of hacking. You'll get access to some of the best hardware and APIs on the market. Plus get to meet some experienced and awesome mentors! All this in just one weekend? I know, it's hard to believe.

Remember, you don't need to be a pro to attend. So, if this is your first hackathon, we can't wait to expose you to the incomparable world of creation.

FAQs

Where is it?

University of Toronto Scarborough, 1095 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4, Canada

Who can apply?

Any college or university student is eligible to apply. Application will open soon, please check back soon for updates.

Once I am accepted, what do I need to bring?

You’ll need: A laptop and charger. Everything else is optional. However, we strongly encourage you to bring a sleeping bag, pillows, toiletries, and a couple of changes of clothes.

You won’t need: An idea, or a team. You can create your own team (teams of 4 recommended) during the hackathon, and generate some amazing creations along the way. You also don’t need to worry about food, we’ve got you covered.

When/where can I hack?

Hack The Valley will start with the kick-off ceremony. There will be events planned throughout the day for those who arrive early. A detailed schedule of events and locations will be posted later. All work eligible for prizes must be completed between Friday night after the kick-off and Sunday morning at the hacking location (TBA). We will not accept any projects that were started prior to the hackathon (e.g. continuations of personal projects).

How much will Hack the Valley cost me?

It’s completely free, so don’t worry! We'll provide you with a weekend's worth of meals, drinks, and snacks and a place to crash when you need a break from coding. In fact, you’ll probably walk away loaded with all the swag that you’ll get at Hack the Valley.

How is Hack The Valley run?

Hack The Valley almost entirely by (sleep-deprived) University of Toronto students, with some advice and assistance from our friends at Department of Student Life (DSL) and Association of Mathematical and Computer Science Students (AMACSS). One hundred percent of the funding for Hack the Valley comes from corporate sponsor donations.

What can I win?

It’s not about winning-it’s about exploring your passion while making great friends (which if you ask us, is a BONUS!!!). But if you’re a fan of winning, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got some great prizes in stock (will be announced soon). A panel of professional judges will select the best three hacks based on the following criteria: creativity, functionality, level of technical difficulty and quality. Most sponsors like to offer their own prizes as well for specific categories which are evaluated themselves.