McHacks 2017 will be happening January 28th to 29th at McGill's SSMU building in Montreal, Canada. This will be the fourth ediiton of McHacks with more than 600 hackers coming from all across North America to innovate, create and inspire. Teams will have access to software and hardware (presented by WearHacks) during the entirety of the event, hacking begins at 12:00PM on the 28th and ends at 9:00AM on the 29th. All submissions must be submittted on Devpost before 9:00AM. 


If you applied to McHacks 17, received an acceptance and also confirmed that you will be coming, you are eligible to attend McHacks. If you attended and hacked at McHacks, then you are eligible to make a submission. 

Each team must consist of no more than 4 members.


You must include videos, photos, or screenshots of the working product and a link to the source code (GitHub, etc.) of your project.

Please tag the prizes you would like to be considered for (other than the overall prizes, every team that submits will be considered for overall prizes).


Hackathon Sponsors


$8,565 in prizes

Top 3 Hacks (3)

Top 3 overall prizes of McHacks chosen for their originality, technical difficulty, practicality and enjoyment. Each member of the winning teams get to choose a preferred prize from the following list.
- Amazon Echo Dot
- Bose SoundDock XT Speaker with Lightning Connector and Auxiliary Port
- Holy Stone HS110 FPV Drone
- Plantronics BackBeat PRO Wireless Noise Canceling Hi-Fi Headphones with Mic
- Razer BlackWidow Chroma Clicky Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
- 8" Samsung Galaxy Tab A (16GB)
- GoPro HERO Session

Lexalytics API Prize (3)

Best use the Lexalytics API - each member of the winning team will receive an Amazon gift card.

Nuance API Prize

Best use of the Nuance API - Each member of the winning team receives an Apple watch.

McGill Career Planning Services Prize

Best CaPS student reflection app - each member of the winning team will receive $150 cash.
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Best Newbie Prize

The best hack made by a first-time hackathon team (ALL freshies)

No API Prize

Best team which used no APIs in their project - each member of the winning team will receive an Etsy gift card.

Useless Stuff that No-one Needs Prize

For the team that best exemplifies "shit that no one needs"

Warm & Fuzzy Prize

For the project that makes us feel the warmest and fuzziest inside.

Lost their Marbles Prize

For the team whose project drove them crazy

Smartest X Prize

For the team whose project demonstrated best use of machine learning.

Most Badass American Team

For the most badass American team

Best of Montreal Prize

Team that best exemplifies Montreal's spirit. The team will receive an $100 giftcard to la Banquise.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Senior McGill students and Professors

Senior McGill students and Professors

Sponsor Judges/Mentors

Sponsor Judges/Mentors



Judging Criteria

  • Creativity and Originality
    Is this hack something new? Is it a creative use of technology? Is it a novel idea?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Which technologies did you use? How technically challenging is it? Which part of the project did you make? (Non-API)
  • Enjoyment and Polish
    Is the hack fun to use? Is the interface polished? Is the user experience fun to use?
  • Practicality and Usefulness
    Is the hack useful? Does it raise social awareness or help under-privileged and under-represented people in any way?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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