The Official Hackathon of Queen's University

We’re bringing together students from all over North America for a wild 36 hours - designing, developing, demoing, game-playing, and yoga-doing from our home base at Queen’s University. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, QHacks has something to satisfy your interests! This weekend is about inclusiveness for all disciplines - students from any level of skill, from any field of study, are encouraged to bring their innovative ideas for a weekend of virtual problem-solving! The only prerequisites for this weekend are a love for tech and drive to learn! We can't wait to see you there!

Only participants who have been accepted and confirmed their spots through the application portal on QHacks website are permitted to submit their projects through Devpost.

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$CAD20,840 in prizes

QHacks First Place

- iPad 10.2 inch
An iPad will be awarded to each member of the winning team.

QHacks Second Place

- Kobo Libra H2O 7" Digital eReader with Touchscreen
- $100 gift card
All prizes will be awarded to each member of the winning team.

QHacks Third Place

- Projector
- $50 gift card
All prizes will be awarded to each member of the winning team.

Social Butterfly Award (2)

- $50 gift card
A $50 gift card will be awarded to 2 hackers who CRUSH the social media game during the QHacks weekend (stories, posts, etc.), just remember to tag us @qhacks22!

Most Engaged Award (2)

- $50 gift card
A $50 gift card will be awarded to 2 hackers who are actively attending WORKSHOPS and PANELS during the event and participating!

Best Use of Theme Award

- $50 gift card
A $50 gift card will be awarded to each member of the team whose project best exemplifies QHacks 2022’s theme, Interconnected!

AMD x QHacks Prize

- Swag box valued at $75 USD containing popcorn,a wireless charging pad, a hand sanitizer,a mug and a tote bag
The prize will be awarded to each member of the QHacks first-place winning team

Leading Learners x QHacks Prize (3)

- Expansion pack valued at $100 USD
The prize will be awarded to each member of the top 3 teams at QHacks.

Hammer of the Gods Prize (3)

- First Place: $1000
- Second Place: $500
- Third Place: $250
All prizes will be split between the number of team members within the group. In addition to the monetary prizes, winners will have the opportunity for a virtual meet-and-greet with HOTG’s Co-Founder, Kartik Thakore, for an exclusive Q&A.

Mapbox Prize (3)

- Swag pack valued at $15 USD containing a shirt, and a pack of 3 stickers
The prize will be awarded to each member of the top 3 teams that use the Mapbox API.

Mayor’s Innovation Challenge Prize (2)

- Direct entry to the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge
- An opportunity to [win paid internships with the City of Kingston] OR [admission to a 4-month incubator program with the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre] where you will be granted a $7000 stipend for up to 3 co-founders, up to $4000 seed capital to build a venture around your idea, along with full participation in the Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative.

AssemblyAI Prize

- $100 Amazon Gift
The winning team that builds the best project using the AssemblyAI API will receive a $100 Amazon gift card per team member!

MLH Best Domain Name from

- Wireless Phone Charger
Register a .tech domain name using during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi wireless phone charger.

MLH Most Creative Use of Twilio

- Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console
Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates!

MLH Best Use of Google Cloud

- Google Cloud Swag Bag or BackPack
Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: Each winning team member located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded backpack.

MLH Best Use of CockroachDB

- 3D Printing Pen
Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for each team member. What's more, All US residents that submit CockroachDB enabled projects will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last!

MLH Best Space App powered by Space Force

- Octocat Figurine
The sky is not the limit! Try your hand at making a space-themed application for a chance to win a wireless Bluetooth speaker for you and your team from the U.S. Space Force! We’re looking for amazing solutions to any space-related problems you can imagine. For any sci-fi enthusiast, this is the perfect opportunity to push the limits of your creativity by building the technology of tomorrow, today. We can’t wait to see the solutions you build! Please note: the majority of your team members must be located in the United States to qualify.

MLH GitHub Octocat Drawing

- Octocat Figurine
Take a break from your build and create an Octocat that’s all you, from whisker tip to tail! Draw an awesome Octocat physically or digitally and tweet a photo to @GitHubEducation and @mlhhacks with hashtags #MyOctocat, #QHacks, #QHacks22 to enter the contest. Click the link ( to get started!

MLH USAF Cyber Security Raffle

- Solar Powered Battery Pack
Join the Mini event with Emily from MLH at 9 pm EST on Friday night to find out more!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Maali Albalt

Maali Albalt
Senior Manager Software Development at Scotiabank

Olivier Giner

Olivier Giner
CEO at Adracare Inc.

Mehrsa Golestaneh

Mehrsa Golestaneh
AI Product Manager at Microsoft

Travis Biro

Travis Biro
Product Manager at IBM

David Hayes

David Hayes
CEO & Founder at AVO

Kartik Thakore

Kartik Thakore
Co-Founder at Hammer of the Gods

Alkis Pananakakis

Alkis Pananakakis
Founder at Vuel

Suchita Ganesan

Suchita Ganesan
Software QA Engineer at Apple

Elaine Feng

Elaine Feng
Software Engineer at Ebay

Jeff Howell

Jeff Howell
Director of Growth at Alayacare

Craig Desjardins

Craig Desjardins
Director, Office of Strategy, Innovation&Partnerships at City of Kingston

Jeff Bumstead

Jeff Bumstead
CIO at City of Kingston

Matt Antaya

Matt Antaya
Engineering Manager at Discord

Benny Marianayagam

Benny Marianayagam
Director, DevOps Engineering at RBC

Judging Criteria

  • Implementation
    Weight: 10 | Project has working functionalities and contains a level of technical complexity.
  • Design
    Weight: 10 | Application is built in a logical and well-structured manner. User Interface and User Experience of the project are user-friendly.
  • Innovation & Social Impact
    Weight: 10 | Application of project is in an unexpected or original manner. The project has the potential to impact peoples’ lives positively and solve important social issues.
  • Pitch
    Weight: 10 | Presentation was complete and well explained. Team provided an impressive experience from start to end.

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