Create software around the theme of Urban Development, or, just be creative!

At UrbanHacks, participants will get access to real open-source data from the City of Hamilton to make environmentally-aware innovations of all kinds. 

Hackathons are events where people get together, dream up crazy ideas and transform them into reality using code. Come on Saturday, form a team, use your creativity to build a project, pitch it to a judge and compete for prizes. Along the way there'll be mentors there to help you and workshops for you to learn new things.

Students from all over Ontario are invited to meet at Central Library in Hamilton for a weekend of free food, free swag and mini games and many other things you won't want to miss out on!

We're creating a friendly, welcoming environment for beginners. Otherwise, if you're a hackathon veteran, we'd love to have you! Come along, build an awesome project, share your experiences and pick up new skills along the way.

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If you got tickets for Hack the Hammer here, and are a High School or University Student over the age of 13, you are eligible to attend Urban Hacks. If you attended and hacked at Urban Hacks, you are eligible to make a submission. 


Make your project, submit your hack to Devpost and demo your project to a judge to show off what you built. You must demo and submit on Devpost in order to be eligible for prizes.


An Awesome Panel of Judges!

An Awesome Panel of Judges!

Judging Criteria

  • Relevance to Urban Development
    How relevant is your hack to urban development? Does it make use of the City's Open Data Platform? Does it solve (or at least address) a visible problem seen in municipalities today? This is the most important criterion that your hack will be judged on.
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?