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We have a referral contest! Get a friend to signup for CalgaryHacks and be entered to win one of 3 ($128, $64, $32) Amazon giftcards. More details in contest rules.

CalgaryHacks 2022 is a 24 hour sprint-style, competitive programming contest designed to promote creativity, collaboration, and innovative thinking. In the spirit of a sprint-style event, groups (1-5 people) will be presented with 3 prompts the day of the event and will be tasked with developing a solution to the prompt of their choice. Participants will have total creative control over how they address the prompt, submissions could be anything from a live website to a proof-of-concept.

See for examples of CalgaryHacks 2020 submissions.

This is the premier opportunity for students of all levels, from high school to graduate, to apply their skills in a practical and resume boosting way. Groups will pitch their work live to panels of judges made up of both academic and industry professionals. Groups will also create a short video (3 min or less) demonstrating their project.

There are two prize tracks for this competition, Tier 1 and Tier 2. Tier 1 has large cash prizes and is open to students (and recent grads) of all levels. Tier 2 is only open to first year undergrads and high school students and has smaller cash prizes. We will also have smaller Bounty Challenges that will be rewarded with cash prizes that groups can incorporate into their submission, for example a bounty challenge may prompt students to use a specific API in their solution. Bounty Prizes are open to both Tiers.

CalgaryHacks is being held as an online event open to all students studying in Canada. To retain the excitement of an in-person event we will be broadcasting the event live over Twitch, including the topic and winner announcements. The event will be organized and announcements we be made on our Discord server.


Draw Prizes
12 winners - $CAD100 cash value

We will be raffling 12 $100 draw prizes during the closing ceremonies of the event. Individuals who's group participated in judging will be eligible for the draw.

Referral Prizes
3 winner - $CAD224 cash value

We will be raffling a $128, $64 and a $32 draw prizes during the closing ceremonies of the event for individuals who referred other contestants. Individuals will be eligible if their group participated in judging.




All source code of a project and demonstration video must be submitted for the group to be eligible for prizing. All functionality demonstrated in the submission video must be present in the submitted source code.

The submitted video should be no more than 3 minutes in length. Only the first 3 minutes of any video will be shown to judges.

Submissions must be novel work created during the 24 hour span of the competition.

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$CAD28,750 in prizes

(Tier 1) First Place


(Tier 1) Second Place


(Tier 1) Third Place


(Tier 1) Fourth Place


(Tier 1) Fifth Place


(Tier 2) First Place


(Tier 2) Second Place


(Tier 2) Third Place


Best project written in a functional language

To be eligible for this bounty prize, teams must make a project in a functional language such as Haskell, Scala etc.

Best project written using Microsoft Office

To be eligible for this bounty prize, teams can make a game in PowerPoint, code their project in Excel or use their imagination to make a project utilizing Microsoft Office.

Best project written in Scratch

o be eligible for this bounty prize, teams must make a project in Scratch.

Best use of a Cloud Computing service

Awarded to the group who makes best use of any cloud computing service (ex. Google Cloud, AWS, Azure) in their project.

Best use of Machine Learning

Awarded to the group who makes the best use of machine learning in their project.

Best use of Virtual Reality

To be eligible for this bounty prize, teams must make a project that utilizes virtual reality or augmented reality. Teams do not have to use VR hardware for their project, they can instead use emulators (Unity Editor, Unreal, etc. ) for their demonstration.

Best use of hardware

To be eligible for this bounty prize, teams must make a project while utilizing Raspberry Pi, Arduino, etc. hardware.

Best UX/UI design

Awarded to the group which scores best on the "“How much thought and effort are put into user experience and design?" judging criteria.

Most innovative idea

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Concept
    Does the idea appropriately address the chosen topic?
  • Creativity
    How innovative is the idea? Judges will evaluate if the project is a novel response to the chosen topic.
  • Effectiveness
    How effective is the solution in addressing the chosen topic?
  • Technical Challenge
    How technically challenging/impressive is the implementation?
  • Design
    How much thought and effort are put into user experience and design?
  • Presentation
    How effective is the presentation at conveying the idea and solution?

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