QHacks CrownQHacks Illustration
QHacks Wordmark

Queen’s University • February 1-3, 2019

Queen’s University’s annual hackathon.
Join us for an unforgettable experience!

QHacks Illustration

Sign up for our mailing list to receive important QHacks announcements!

Dream It. Build It.

QHacks is back in 2019 for another year of collaboration, ideation, and creativity! On February 1st - 3rd, more than 500 students from all over North America will come together to turn their ideas into reality. Attend workshops, play with hardware, take part in hacker challenges, and meet some new friends. 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!

Floating cubes

Grow Your Network.

With hundreds of talented, ambitious, and like-minded individuals all in one place, QHacks is the perfect playground for any tech enthusiast! Over the weekend, immerse yourself in the community, meet new people and talk shop with other students and companies! Strong connections aren’t only important for internet speeds - this is your chance to build, learn and grow!

1800+
Applications
25+
Schools
500+
Hackers
Hackers in a workshop
Mentor judging a VR hack

Showcase to Experts.

This year, we’re bringing together a diverse group of mentors, speakers, sponsors and other industry professionals. Chat one-on-one, learn about current tech trends and opportunities, and show off your skills! Looking for some inspiration? Encountering a roadblock? Does python feel like it’s constricting you? Not to worry, there will always be a helping hand at the ready.

40+
Mentors
20+
Judges
15+
Challenges
Floating cubes

Fireside Chat Speakers

David Hariri

Co-Founder of Ada

David is the Co-Founder and current Head of Design at Ada. He graduated from Queen’s University’s Geological and Earth Sciences program in 2012. At Ada, he is designing and built tools that allow companies to answer common questions automatically, improving customer satisfaction and saving everyone's time. Ada is used by Telus, Medium, Wattpad, Shopify and millions of their customers.

Kaheer Suleman

Principal Research Program Manager at Microsoft

Kaheer is a Principal Research Program Manager at the Microsoft Research Montreal lab. Kaheer co-founded the deep learning for language startup Maluuba and served as its CTO prior to its acquisition, by Microsoft, in early 2017. He currently works on machine learning approaches for natural language processing focusing on question answering, conversation systems and common sense reasoning.

Sarah Stockdale

Founder & CEO of Valkerie

Sarah is the Founder and CEO of Valkerie, a boutique tech growth consultancy based in Toronto ON. She’s spent her career working on early stage technology startups, starting as a foundational team member of Wave, a Canadian financial technology giant. More recently she led the International Community Growth team at the San Francisco payments startup, Tilt, which was acquired by Airbnb in 2017.

David Hariri

Co-Founder of Ada

David is the Co-Founder and current Head of Design at Ada. He graduated from Queen’s University’s Geological and Earth Sciences program in 2012. At Ada, he is designing and built tools that allow companies to answer common questions automatically, improving customer satisfaction and saving everyone's time. Ada is used by Telus, Medium, Wattpad, Shopify and millions of their customers.

Floating cubes

Additional Speakers and Mentors

Eric Braun - Machine Learning Engineer

Eric Braun

Machine Learning Engineer


Qualcomm
Vivek Chachcha - Product Technology Manager

Vivek Chachcha

Product Technology Manager


Google
Nicole Fitzgerald - Machine Learning Engineer

Nicole Fitzgerald

Machine Learning Engineer


Microsoft
John Martin - Data Platform Engineer

John Martin

Data Platform Engineer


Shopify
Layne Lafrance - Product Manager

Layne Lafrance

Product Manager


AxiomZen
Zack Harley - Software Engineer

Zack Harley

Software Engineer


Ten Thousand Coffees
Graham Miller - Software Engineer

Graham Miller

Software Engineer


RBC
Stefan Sokic - Software Engineer

Stefan Sokic

Software Engineer


Kindred.ai
Enoch Tam - Software Engineer

Enoch Tam

Software Engineer


Google
Ivan Zhang - Machine Learning Infrastructure Engineer

Ivan Zhang

Machine Learning Infrastructure Engineer


Cortex
Lydia Noureldin - Software Development Consultant

Lydia Noureldin

Software Development Consultant


Munvo
Ese Okonofua - Software Engineer

Ese Okonofua

Software Engineer


Microsoft
Alex Adusei - Software Engineer

Alex Adusei

Software Engineer


Opener
Emma Koza - Software Engineer

Emma Koza

Software Engineer


Opencare.com
Anuj Arora - Consulting Analyst

Anuj Arora

Consulting Analyst


Accenture
Khalid Karim - Senior Product Manager

Khalid Karim

Senior Product Manager


Uber

Event Schedule

Friday, February 1st, 2019

Sponsors

Tucows Logo
Standard Library Logo
Sun Life Financial LogoiGan Partners Logo
Distributed Compute Labs LogoNational Bank Logo
Snap Inc.
Consensys LogoTD LogoRatehub Logo
Scotiabank LogoLoopio LogoTelus Logo
Deloitte LogoCommunications Security Establishment Logo
Balsamiq LogoGoogle LogoRitual LogoSketch Logo
Coinsquare LogoMosaic Manufacturing LogoWakeups LogoOne Password Logo
Apollo LogoY Combinator LogoShopify LogoIndico Logo
Munvo LogoRamen Ventures LogoLaunch Academy Logo
Orange Gate LogoFoundersBeta LogoWolfram Logo

Our Partners

Interested in partnering? Contact us at partnership@qhacks.io

Partnership Package
ECE Logo
Queen's School of ComputingAMS, ASUS, and EngSoc
MMIE LogoQIC Logo
Sodexo and Coca-Cola LogoP&CC Logo
City of Kingston Logo
Bloomberg LogoStickermule LogoGitHub Logo
MLH Logo

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a sprint-like event where people from a variety of backgrounds come together to collaborate on software and hardware projects.

Who is invited?

Any college or university student of any skill level! All you need is a passion for tech/data/design and a willingness to learn! We welcome applicants from all fields of study.

Where is it?

QHacks will be taking place at Queen's University in the city of Kingston, Ontario. The event will be held in Mitchell Hall. Don’t worry about getting lost! We will have maps for you and volunteers all over campus to guide the way.

How much does it cost to attend?

Absolutely nothing! Not one penny. (Remember those?)

What if I don’t have a team?

Not to worry! We'll have a team-formation session prior to the hackathon for you to find people you’d like to work with. There will be plenty of other people in the same situation, and we’ll have you up and running in no time!

What if I don’t have an idea?

Ideas can come from anywhere! Call a friend, ask your mom, or check out our Facebook group to discuss with other hackers. Sponsors will also provide different project prompts during opening ceremonies to get the juices flowing.

Can I work on a past project?

No. All projects must be started from scratch at the event.

What if I’m new to programming?

That's okay! A hackathon is a great place to gain valuable experience. There will be tutorials, workshops and mentors to help throughout the event!

What can I create?

Anything you’d like! Whether it's a new mobile app, website, or a cool project using something from the hardware lab, it’s really up to you. The possibilities are endless.

What should I bring?

Bring whatever helps you hack! 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. If you have specific hardware you’d like to work with, feel free to bring it. MLH will also be providing a hardware lab with a wide range of items.

How will my project be judged?

Industry experts from a variety of organizations will be coming to QHacks to view your projects. Pitch them your idea, show them a demo, and answer their questions for your chance to win awesome prizes.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Yes! Hackers are expected to adhere to the Major League Hacking Code of Conduct.

What if I'm not from Kingston?

Encountering a 307 status? We'll be sending busses to Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Waterloo. If those aren't convenient for you, we'll be offering travel reimbursements on a case by case basis.

Have additional questions?

Feel free to reach out to us at hello@qhacks.io or on Facebook

Headphones connected to phone

Listen to our podcast!

Queen’s University has produced a lot of great tech talent - and we want to hear their stories! The QHacks Podcast is our opportunity to learn from current and former Queen’s students who have become leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs in the tech industry!