Join us this year at nwHacks on January 21 - 22nd 2023!


Whether you're a seasoned hacker, or a hackathon newbie, nwHacks welcomes you; just bring an open mind and an insatiable desire to learn, and we'll take care of the rest. Create a project, learn new skills, and have fun with friends, old and new - all in 24 hours.


NOTE: Project submissions this year must be submitted to to quality for prizes. Feel free to also submit on Devpost to showcase your project.


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Hackathon Sponsors


$CAD22,900 in prizes

First place


All team members will also be given free VC Blueprint licenses.

Second place


All team members will also be given free VC Blueprint licenses.

Third place


All team members will also be given free VC Blueprint licenses.

Honourable Mention (2)


Best Use of CockroachDB

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 you and each of your team members. What's more, if you submit a verified project and are a US resident, we'll be sending you a free CockroachDB T-shirt while supplies last!

Best Domain Name from

Register a .Tech domain name using during the weekend for your chance to win a branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

Best Use of Microsoft Cloud for Your Community

Bring your idea to life using the Microsoft Cloud - automatically build and deploy a full stack web app from a code repository, create and train a Machine Learning model, develop business applications with little to no code using Power Platform, and more! View our recommended popular solutions in the Education Hub at

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Build your hackathon project with the Microsoft Cloud that tackles a social impact issue of your choice, and have a chance to win a LinkedIn Premium 12-Month subscription and an XBox Ultimate 3-Month Game Pass.

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Get started with $50 in free credit!

Livepeer Best Overall Video Applications (6)

Wow us with the best video applications using:
1) Livepeer Studio’s API for video Livestream or On Demand.
2) Our livepeer.js SDK for playback of videos stored on IPFS or Arweave.

$3000 prize pool

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CSE Best Cybersecurity Project.

Implement cybersecurity best practices into your application or an application/tool that relates to cybersecurity i.e. red/blue team tools, ethical hacking, defensive applications. Build the next cool solution to protect the world from the super bad guys!

Best Design


Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    Use and proficiency of the technologies (programming languages, APIs, software) used for the project
  • Design
    UI and UX, ease of use and accessibility
  • Completion
    Functionality of project
  • Pitch/Originality
    Demo preparedness, types of problems addressed and uniqueness of the solution

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