CalgaryHacks 2023 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.

Please register before 10:00 am on February 18th!

See for examples of CalgaryHacks 2022 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. 

There are two prize tracks for this competition, Tier 1 and Tier 2. Tier 1 has large cash prizes and is open to students of all levels. Tier 2 is only open to first year undergrads and high school students and has smaller cash prizesWe 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 inperson event open to all students studying in Canada, you must attend in person to compete. Announcements will be made on our Discord server, make sure to join to stay up to date.


Draw Prizes

We will be raffling 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 must be submitted for the group to be eligible for prizing. All functionality demonstrated in the presentation demo must be present in the submitted source code.

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

Hackathon Sponsors


$CAD9,750 in prizes

Tier 1 - First Place

Tier 1 - Second Place

Tier 1 - Third Place

Tier 2 - First Place

Tier 2 - Second Place

Tier 2 - Third Place

Best use of GraphQL Sponsored by Replicon

To be eligible for this bounty prize, teams must have a graphQL client to query and mutate an API and/or a server that resolves graphQL queries and mutations.
This bounty will be judged on the application of graphQL and how it is integrated with your project.
Teams are encouraged to reduce their reliance on REST APIs.

Leverage technology to build a more environmentally and socially sustainable future Sponsored by TELUS

At TELUS, we strive to challenge ourselves and those around us to seek innovative ways to drive positive change - from building stronger communities and helping those who need it most to ensuring equal access to technology and driving innovations in healthcare and sustainability.
The presence of the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced many new challenges which have impacted our lives in a multitude of ways. As we move past the pandemic, we’re looking to leverage technology innovation to help us build stronger communities.

Best Internationalization/Accessibility Support

To be eligible for this bounty prize, teams must make an effort to ensure that their project is accessible to as many people as possible.
Areas of support can include multiple language support, right-to-left language support, application navigation with only a keyboard, screen reader support, using ARIA-attributes in web dev, making it colour blind friendly etc…
This bounty will be judged based on how accessible your project is to different people and how this accessibility was implemented and integrated into the project.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    How innovative is your project?
  • UX/UI
    Was the user considered in the design process?
  • Presentation Quality
    How well was the the idea presented?

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