Empowering high school students to use technology by creating meaningful hacks in the realms of health, community, and the environment.

Hack it Better Website

To be eligible for our $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway and other prizes, please make sure to register here on Devpost as well as here on our Jotform.

Hack it Better is an opportunity for high school students to showcase their innovative and creative skills. We unite students that are passionate about empowering those that use technology today by creating meaningful hacks. Join us to discuss, learn, and code for good!

Hack it Better starts at 12:00pm on October 3rd and ends at 12:00pm on October 4th. 

How to Participate

Step

Topic

Main Content

#1

Registration

You are here at Devpost, so click the “Register” button and create an account. Make sure to register here on Devpost as well as here on our Jotform.

#2

Join Main Discord

Join the Main Discord: discord.hackitbetter.ca. Poke around, check out different channels and make sure to introduce yourself at #welcome!

#3

Recruitment of teammates

If you applied individually, find a teammate on devpost here: https://hack-it-better.devpost.com/participants - set your team settings to “looking for a teammate” and update your blurb to reflect what you are looking to do. You can also search participants by the skill sets that you need for your team! or post in #form-a-team Discord channel.

#4

Tune in to our livestream

At 11:00am on Saturday, October 3rd we will go live at https://www.twitch.tv/hackitbetter to give important information and for a Q&A.

#5

Build!

Starting at 12pm on October 3rd, you can begin coding your project.

#6

Submit!

Submit your project by 12pm October 4th!

PHYSICAL PRIZES CAN ONLY BE SHIPPED TO CANADA/USA

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Prizes

$6,500 in prizes

Best Environmental Hack

- AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core/16 ($520 Value) x1

- Radeon RX 5600 XT WINDFORCE ($400 Value) x1

- MSI Prestige Wireless Mouse x2

- $125 DigitalOcean Credits x4

- $100 Bugsee Credits x2

Best Health Hack

- AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core/16 ($520 Value) x1

- Radeon RX 5600 XT WINDFORCE ($400 Value) x1

- MSI Prestige Wireless Mouse x2

- $125 DigitalOcean Credits x4

- $100 Bugsee Credits x2

Best Community Hack

- AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core/16 ($520 Value) x1

- Radeon RX 5600 XT WINDFORCE ($400 Value) x1

- MSI Prestige Wireless Mouse x2

- $125 DigitalOcean Credits x4

- $100 Bugsee Credits x2

Best Video Presentation

- GoPro Hero 8 ($400 Value) x1

- MSI Mystic Knight Backpack ($150 Value) x1

- MSI Prestige Wireless Mouse x2

Most Creative Hack

- ASUS Tinker Board ($100 Value) x1

- MSI Mystic Knight Backpack ($150 Value) x1

- MSI Prestige Wireless Mouse x2

Most Popular Hack

- ROG Gladius II Core gaming mouse x1

- TUF Gaming K7 keyboard x1

echoAR Challenge

- $50 Amazon gift card

- 1-month Free Business Tier account

- A feature in echoAR's newsletter

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Must be in a team of 1-4
  • Must be currently enrolled in high school

Requirements

  1. Record a video presentation with an explanation of the ideation, development, and demo of your final project. (Under 2 minutes)
  2. Projects cannot be submitted after 12pm October 4th.
  3. Projects must have been created in its entirety during the 24 hours allotted for the event.
  4. Additionally, all submissions must fall into one of Hack it Better’s tracks:
  • Health Track: The integration of technology into the medical field will result in greater quality, efficiency, and reliability of services. We are challenging you to design solutions for the most pressing medical issues of today.
  • Community Track: Technology helps us identify and address issues of inequality and accessibility within our local and global communities. By choosing this track, you are creating a solution that benefits the people around you.
  • Environment Track: Technological solutions to environmental challenges are in everyone’s best interest. You can help make a greener future by decreasing pollution, deforestation, energy use, and much more.

Judges

Alon Grinshpoon

Alon Grinshpoon
Founder & CEO - echoAR

Spencer Simbul
Framework Architecture & Infrastructure (Co-op) at AMD

Shi Jie Wei

Shi Jie Wei
Performance Engineer at AMD

Jovan Stankovic

Jovan Stankovic
Nepean High School Computer Science Teacher

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    Does the project have any feasible application and/or have a social impact that goes above and beyond? Will this help the community with a real problem they are facing? Can this be implemented?
  • Originality & Innovation
    Is the project bringing a value & solution for the market? Is it a solution or creation we have never seen before? Is it a better way of doing something?
  • Technical Merit & Difficulty
    Is it technically interesting or difficult to develop? Is the hack usable in its current state? Does everything appear to work as intended? Does it deliver a beautiful experience? Is it mostly bug-free?
  • Presentation Skills
    Is the presentation clear & well structured? Does the project clearly define the problem? Solution? The features of the product or service? The benefits?

theme

  • Social Good