Banana Hacks is a virtual, 24-hour, university styled hackathon. High schoolers from anywhere are encouraged to sign up, but keep in mind we can only send out prizes and free merchandise to those in Peel Region!

Most high school hackathons tend to reward designs, but we prioritize complexity, functionality, and efforts to truly code a project from scratch. We encourage all students, regardless of experience and region to come out and join us!

A hackathon is an event which incorporates competition, learning, memorable activities, and meeting new people! In your 24 hours, you can attend tons of fun activities, build a side project in teams or by yourself, and pitch it to judges through a video + project submission on Devpost!

 

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Prizes

$CAD11,155 in prizes

First Place Winner

$400 cash to the first place team!
Wolfram Award (one-year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro) for each member of the team

Second Place Winner

$200 cash to the second place team!
Wolfram Award (one-year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro) for each member of the team

Third Place Winner

$100 cash to the third place team!
Wolfram Award (one-year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro) for each member of the team

Best Beginner Hack

$100 cash to the best Beginner Hack!
1 year of free access to https://egghead.io/ for all members of the team.
Wolfram Award (one-year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro) for each member of the team

Runner Up Beginner Hack

1 year of free access to https://egghead.io/ for ALL members of the team.
Wolfram Award (one-year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro) for each member of the team

Honorable Mentions (2)

$50 to the top Honorable Mentions!

Best Solo Hack

1 year of free access to https://egghead.io/ for the best solo hack created during the hackathon.

Best Hardware Hack

$30 cash for the challenge's winning team!

Best Discord Bot

Discord Nitro Classic for ALL MEMBERS of the winning team of the Discord Bot Challenge.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

Your job is to build a project related to theme released at our opening ceremonies. It doesn't have to be the best designed, but make sure it's functional and has some code or technicality to it. Remember, functionality and technicality will reward you more points than design.


Please include a video submission for judges to see as well as a zip file or link to your project source code.

Video submission requirements:

  • Maximum of 4 minutes
  • Must include a demo of your project (show how it works)
  • Must include how you created it (screenshots/explanations of how you made it)
  • Must include relation to theme or why this product is important

Code/Project submission requirements:

  • Include a zip file of your code or screenshots in your devpost submission
  • Include a link to your Github repository or other if applicable
  • Ensure you have a readME for the Devpost submission (a summary sheet)

 

 

Judges

Johnny Libenzon

Johnny Libenzon
Ryerson University

Annie Yang

Annie Yang
Ryerson University

Tristan Costa

Tristan Costa
Brampton Innovation District

Saneeha Ahmed

Saneeha Ahmed
Computer Science Professor - Algoma University

Serena Correa

Serena Correa
Ryerson University

Judging Criteria

  • Completion
    Does the hack work without errors?
  • Innovation
    Is the hack unique?
  • Useful
    Is the hack useful in the real world?
  • Design
    Is the hack appealing and easy to use?
  • Technical
    Is the hack technically advanced?
  • Thematic
    Does the hack fit the theme?
  • Video/Presentation
    Is the video well-presented?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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