Waterloo is home to some of Canada’s most widely-known hackathons, but high school students often feel intimidated by the idea of competing against university-level hackers. JAMHacks strives to be the stepping stone to make these resources more accessible for our youth and welcome more people into the community.

JAMHacks is "jam"-packed with events! From a Minecraft Redstone crafting/coding competition to hacker meetups, there's something for everyone. Tired of working on your project? Take a brain break and make an elegant paper crane with our origami fold-along! Want to learn something new? Whether you're learning a new topic from scratch or seeking to build on existing knowledge, JAMHacks is sure to have a workshop for you.

Something we miss about in-person hackathons are all of the interactive aspects! With this in mind, JAMHacks V will have live judging for all projects via Discord, with live pitches and judge Q+As! JAMHacks hopes to give all our hackers an unforgettable virtual experience, along with communication skills that will be crucial for any future endeavour.

Our vision is for all hackers, experienced or inexperienced, to leave JAMHacks V with something new—a new idea, a new skill, a new connection, or anything in between. 

You must register for JAMHacks V on our website before you register on Devpost. Official JAMHacks V registrations close at 11:59 PM ET on May 17th, 2021. Please continue to register for JAMHacks on Devpost so you can submit your project!

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Prizes

$CAD19,614 in prizes

1st Overall

Each team member will receive:
- Airpods!
- a $50 Amazon gift card
- $250 of Digital Ocean credits
- One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition, plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
- One year of The Codex's pro subscription plan

2nd Overall

Each team member will receive:
- a Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse
- a $50 Best Buy gift card
- $125 of Digital Ocean credits
- One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition, plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
- One year of The Codex's pro subscription plan

3rd Overall

Each team member will receive:
- a Seagate Portable 2TB External Hard Drive
- a $25 Doordash gift card
- $100 of Digital Ocean credits
- One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition, plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
- One year of The Codex's pro subscription plan

Best Beginner Hack - Presented by Hack The North

You will win:
- An automatic acceptance into next year's Hack The North, Canada's largest hackathon!
- A yummy Original Japan Snack Crate, delivered right to your door
- One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition, plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
- One year of The Codex's pro subscription plan

Best Environmental/Social Good Hack

Each team member will receive:
- a Vsauce Curiosity Box
- a 6-month subscription to 1Password's individual plan
- One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition, plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
- One year of The Codex's pro subscription plan

Best Entertainment/Game Hack

Each team member will receive:
- a $50 Steam gift card
- 1-year subscription of Axure RP Team Edition
- One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition, plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
- One year of The Codex's pro subscription plan

Best Hardware Hack

Each team member will receive:
- an Arduino UNO
- 3 months of MapleSoft's Maple Learn Premium
- One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition, plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
- One year of The Codex's pro subscription plan

Most University Student-Friendly Hack, Sponsored by the University of Waterloo

Each team member will receive:
- a University of Waterloo hoodie

Best Use of EchoAR

The winning team will receive:
- one $50 Amazon gift card, split between the team members

Best Use of CockroachDB Labs

Each team member will receive:
- a choice between a LEGO set or an Amazon/Doordash gift card, and a chance to be featured on their Twitch stream!

Best ETH Hack (2)

The winning team will receive:
- 1/4 ETH split between their team members

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

1. Teams must be groups of 1-4.

2. Teams should be made up exclusively of high school students who are not organizers, mentors, judges, sponsors, or in any other privileged position at the event; however, teams are allowed to gain advice and support from these people if needed.

3. For timing and logistics reasons, all hackers must live in Canada or USA.

4. Shipping of swag will be restricted to Canada only, with the exception of prizes, which will be extended to Canada and USA only.

Requirements

  1. All teams must submit their project on Devpost with a video demo of their project that is under 3 minutes long. This will be for judging purposes, as well as a useful backup in case of technical issues during the live pitch.
  2. In order to be eligible for prizes, teams must also live pitch their hackathon project via the JAMHacks Discord server after their Devpost submission. Please read the Judging Handbook linked in the Discord!
  3. No cross-posting between hackathons.

Judges

Ethan Guo

Ethan Guo
Product Manager at Hack the North and JAMHacks Co-Founder

Advait Maybhate

Advait Maybhate
Backend Lead at Hack the North and JAMHacks Co-Founder

Hima Sheth

Hima Sheth
Project Developer at UW Blueprint

Jessica Zhang

Jessica Zhang
JAMHacks Alumni

Tabitha Wong

Tabitha Wong
Tech Consultant at BDO

Jason Schattman

Jason Schattman
Computer Science Teacher at Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School

Nirbhik Jangid

Nirbhik Jangid
Founder & CEO of The Dapp List

Alan Williams

Alan Williams
Senior Software Developer, Analytics Automation, Ford Motor Company

Karl Zhu

Karl Zhu
Organizer at EngHack, The GoldenHack, and Hack the 6ix

Christina Lin

Christina Lin
Recruitment Operations Associate, University Of Waterloo

Scott O'Neill

Scott O'Neill
Associate Director for Marketing and Undergraduate Recruitment, University of Waterloo

Sean Liew

Sean Liew
4th year Computer Science student, University of Waterloo

Winny Yang

Winny Yang
4th year Kinesiology student, University of Waterloo

Siddhartha Jain

Siddhartha Jain

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Is the idea unique and innovative?
  • Usefulness
    What are the real-world applications?
  • Presentation
    Does it look polished and professional?
  • Technical Difficulty
    What type of technical challenges were solved?

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