The City of Waterloo presents...


EngHack is Waterloo's engineering hackathon! Held every term by the Engineering Society, EngHack is targeted toward engineering students with all levels of experience. Whether you're a vetran major league hacker, or you've never even heard the word "hackathon" before, we'd love you to come out and spend 26 hours with us. Your programming ability doesn't matter, only your willingness to have a great time!


In 2017, we're making EngHack bigger and better than ever before. The City of Waterloo is helping us present the event this year, providing significant funding for us to make this the best EngHack yet. EngHack is FREE this year, thanks to our sponsors. Come for the weekend, make something great, and meet fantastic people and sponsors. We also have Toast (a Boston-based tech company), Digiflare (a Toronto-based media tech company, who has recently merged with Accedo), Infusion (a consulting tech company with offices around the world), and Magnet Forensics (a local Waterloo tech company). MORE SPONSORS TBA!


There will be a pre-event mixer for new hackers or people without a team. This is a great opportunity to meet people and start generating ideas. We will be hosting tutorials on various topics to inspire and assist with your ideas, as well as "creative breaks" to refresh your mind.

Teams must be 1 to 4 people, and teams do not have to have 1 UW engineering student on them. (in previous years, this was a requirement).

ENGHACK IS OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS. There is no cost for this event. You will be charged $5.00 upon sign-up, but that amount will be refunded upon attendance.

The event will run from 1:30pm on Saturday, February 4th until 3:30pm on Sunday, February 5th. There will be 21 hours of hacking. You don't have to worry about food, we've got that covered! Join us and our sponsors in 3 weeks for the highlight of your term.





Presented by the City of Waterloo

  • Toast


  • Infusion
  • Digiflare


  • Magnet Forensics
  • Atomic VC


  • Thalmic Labs
  • WearHacks

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,500 in prizes

Grand Prize

$1000 Cash Grand Prize

Second Prize

$500 Cash Second Prize

Third Prize

$300 Cash Third Prize

Top 10 (7)

$100 Cash "Top 10" Prize

City of Waterloo Prize

$1000 Cash City of Waterloo Prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


City of Waterloo

City of Waterloo







Atomic VC

Atomic VC

Magnet Forensics

Magnet Forensics



Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    The pure difficulty of the your implementation of the project. When judging this we'll take into account the usage of an API to implement the core feature of the project and how complex the project looks. 35%
  • Creativity
    The originality of your idea, approach, implementation, and/or design of the project. 25%
  • Usefulness
    The value of the real world applications that can result from your project. This will be measured in the genuine difference it will make in everyday life. 15%
  • Overall Impression
    Extraneous things about your project (like design and potential business applications) that stand out. 25%

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