Major League Hacking 2018 Hackathon Season

Queen's University | February 2nd - 4th

Queen's University | February 2nd - 4th

Talk to us at: hello@qhacks.io
Thank you for a great event, see you next year!

Dream it. Build it.

    QHacks 2018 is back for another year of collaboration, ideation, and creativity! More than 500 students from across North America will come together on February 2nd-4th for a weekend of awesome hacking. Attend workshops, play with hardware, take part in hacker challenges, and meet some new friends while turning your dreams into reality. Out-of-the-box thinkers, creatives, and innovators from all faculties and skill levels are encouraged to attend. We can't wait to see you there!


Grow Your Network.


QHacks was first held in 2016 with a mission to advocate and incubate the tech community at Queen's University and throughout Canada. Going into our third year we have been aggressively growing to become one of the highest quality and exciting hackathons in North America. Over the weekend, immerse yourself in the tech community and meet new people!


1800+ Applications

25+ Schools

500 Hackers

A group of cool hackers at QHacks 2017!

Showcase To Experts.


This year, we have a colourful array of mentors, speakers, sponsors and other industry professionals. Chat one-on one with the likes of Microsoft, Telus, RBC and other big names with a sprinkling of those smaller tech startups we all love. Looking for some inspiration? Stuck on a roadblock? Did your stepper motor malfunction? Not to worry, there will always be a helping hand at the ready.


40+ Mentors

20+ Judges

15+ Challenges

Principle Woolf trying some cool VR hack at QHacks 2017!

Fireside Chat Speakers

Matthew Zeiler

Founder and CEO of Clarifai

Matthew is a machine learning Ph.D. and thought leader pioneering the field of applied artificial intelligence (AI). Matt's groundbreaking research in computer vision alongside renowned machine learning experts Geoff Hinton and Yann LeCun has propelled the image recognition industry from theory to real-world application. Since starting Clarifai in 2013, Matt has evolved his award-winning research into developer-friendly products that allow enterprises to quickly and seamlessly integrate AI into their workflows and customer experiences. Today, Clarifai is the leading independent AI company and "widely seen as one of the most promising [startups] in the crowded, buzzy field of machine learning."

Pavel Abdur-Rahman

Data Scientist and Associate Partner at IBM

Pavel leads IBM's Advanced Analytics Consulting Practice in Canada. In addition to his role at IBM, he is an Applied Researcher @ Queen's Smith School of Business and Adjunct Lecturer for Data Science @ Schulich School of Business. He is responsible for leading sales & delivery teams to support AI, Advanced Analytics, Robotics and Quantum Computing initiatives, while developing strong long term client relationships. Pavel has been identified as IBM's Top Performer (Top 10%) and enrolled in several Executive Leadership Development programs. He has a bachelor in Industrial (Operations Research) Engineering from University of Toronto and a masters in Data Science & Advanced Analytics from Queen's University.


Weekend Schedule

Time Duration Event Location
5:00pm 3h Busses Arrive/Registration BioSci Atrium
5:00pm 3h Dinner - Presented by iGan Partners (Sandwiches) BioSci Atrium
8:00pm 2h Opening Ceremonies BioSci Auditorium
10:00pm 0.5h Team Formation BioSci Auditorium
10:00pm 36h Hacking Begins
11:00pm 1h Shipping Products Faster: How to Build Fully-Fledged APIs and Services in Minutes Using StdLib Walter Light Hall - Room 210
11:00pm 1h Xesto API Demo - How to create touchless gestures in minutes Goodwin Hall - Room 254
Time Duration Event Location
12:00am 1h Midnight Snack (Noodles) - Provided by StdLib Walter Light Hall Atrium
12:00am 1h Adding Image and Voice Intelligence to Your Apps with Microsoft Cognitive Services Goodwin Hall - Room 254
12:30am 0.5h Getting Started with Computer Vision Using Clarifai Walter Light Hall - Room 210
1:00am 1h Hardware Opens ILC Design Bay
1:00am 1h Slideshow Karaoke Walter Light Hall - Room 210
8:00am 1h Intro to HTML and CSS - Ladies Learning Code Walter Light Hall - Room 210
8:30am 1.75h Breakfast (Cafeteria Buffet) - Provided by Sun Life Financial Leonard Hall
10:00am 1h Recruiter Resume Roast Walter Light Hall - Room 210
10:30am 1h Make Your React App Interactive with Forms - Ratehub.ca Goodwin Hall - Room 254
11:00am 1h Banking on Robots: A View into Process Automation - RBC Walter Light Hall - Room 210
12:00pm 1h Lunch (Pita Pit) - Provided by iGan Partners BioSci Atrium
12:00pm 1h Mental Health Tak BioSci Auditorium
1:00pm 1h Syntax Scavenger Hunt - Sun Life Financial Goodwin Hall - Room 247
1:30pm 1h Intro to VC Decision Making Process - iGan Partners Walter Light Hall - Room 210
2:30pm 1h Introduction to 3D Printing - Mosaic Manufacturing Walter Light Hall - Room 210
2:30pm 1h Patterns for Building Cloud Native Applications - Scotiabank Goodwin Hall - Room 252
3:00pm 1h Dog Therapy ILC - Room 119
3:30pm 1h DataOps and Machine Learning - Deloitte Digital Walter Light Hall - Room 210
3:30pm 1h How to use Hackathons to Boost your Career Goodwin Hall - Room 254
4:00pm 1h Code Descrambler - Movember Foundation Goodwin Hall - Room 247
4:30pm 1h Shading - You.i TV Goodwin Hall - Room 254
4:30pm 1h From Zero to Loopio: Building a Leading Software Company From Scratch Walter Light Hall - Room 210
5:30pm 1h Kwikee - The Three Other P's Walter Light Hall - Room 210
5:30pm 1h Security Considerations for Long Range-IoT Deployments - TELUS Goodwin Hall - Room 254
6:30pm 1h Dinner (Indian) - Provided by Kwikee BioSci Atrium
6:30pm 1h Mike the Magician BioSci - Room 1120
7:30pm 1h Cryptocurrency Talk Walter Light Hall - Room 210
8:30pm 1h Sudo: Intro to SASS Goodwin Hall - Room 254
Time Duration Event Location
12:00am 1h Snack (Bubble Tea) Walter Light Hall Auditorium
1:00am 2h Escape Room ILC - Room 119
7:30am 1h Breakfast ILC - Room 109
9:00am 1h Hacking Ends
9:30am 2.5h Judging
11:30am 1h Lunch (Pizza) - Provided by StdLib BioSci Atrium
1:00pm 2h Closing Ceremonies BioSci Auditorium
3:00pm 1h Loading Buses BioSci Auditorium

Frequently Asked Questions

Any college or university student at any skill level! All you need is a passion for design/data/tech, and a willingness to learn! We welcome applicants from all fields of study.
QHacks will be taking place at Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario. QHacks will be run in a number of buildings on Queen's campus including Goodwin Hall, Walter Light Hall, Beamish-Munro Hall, Biosciences Complex, and Carruthers Hall. Get lost? We'll have maps for you and volunteers all over campus to guide the way.
Absolutely nothing! Not a dime! Crazy eh?
Not to worry! There are many others in the same shoes. We'll be hosting team formation sessions prior to the hackathon that will get you up and running in no time!
QHacks will be sending buses to Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Waterloo. If those don't apply to you, we'll be offering travel reimbursements on a case by case basis.
After you've accepted your offer to QHacks, join our QHacks Participant Slack where you can discuss ideas for projects or join a team that already has an idea. Stay tuned for our list of company APIs that can be seamlessly adapted to suit and inspire your hack!
That's okay! A hackathon is a great place to get some experience. There will be tutorials, interesting workshops, and skilled mentors to answer any questions and help you reach your potential.
What CAN'T you create? Whether it's a new mobile app, a snazzy new website, or a hardware hack you've been dreaming about, you can create it at QHacks!
Bring whatever helps you hack! If you have a specific hardware you want to work with, feel free to bring it. MLH will also be providing a hardware lab with a wide range of items. Some important items to bring include a valid form of student ID, laptop and charger, deodorant (arguably mandatory) and maybe a sleeping bag and change of clothes.
Industry experts will be coming to QHacks to view your projects. Show them your demo, answer their intriguing questions, and compete for prizes!

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