REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Thank you everyone for your interest but capacity has been reached! Only preapproved hackers will be able to participate. 

yuHacks is York University’s 24-hour virtual hackathon by students, for students. We spent months interviewing fellow students to understand how we could best serve them through our hackathon. The predominant theme was that students wanted a focus on Professional Development as they prepare to enter a highly competitive modern workforce. Through yuHacks, we hope to present attendees with the opportunity to better their professional selves while engaging in all the fun you’d expect from a hackathon.

Main Challenges:

1. Education Challenge

Tired of Zoom University? This challenge is open to teams who want to rethink education. Whether tackling the struggles of online education or developing an app that enhances traditional education, teams will have their work cut out for them with this track!

2. Environment Challenge

Have an idea for a hack that looks to solve pressing environmental issues? This challenge is open to teams who want to tackle big problems like climate change, food waste, and biodiversity loss (just to name a few). 

3. Media Challenge

Looking to solve the spread of misinformation? Interested in tackling the issues highlighted by the Social Dilemma? This challenge is open to teams who would like to take on modern media. Problems such as social media dependency, fake news, and body shaming need solving!

4. Economy Challenge

Economic challenges such as poverty, rise of powers, and pandemics have the potential to destabilize entire continents. This challenge is open to teams who would like to explore solutions to some of the biggest problems available. 

5. Open Challenge

Have an idea that doesn’t quite fit the bill of our other challenges? This challenge is open to teams who would like to put their creativity to the test and submit a project that does not meet the theme of the other yuHacks challenges.


Bonus Challenges:

1. New Hacker Challenge

New to hackathons? This challenge is open to teams where a majority of the members are attending their first hackathon. 

2. Non-Technical Challenge

Not much of a developer? Still want to tackle challenges and explore ideas? This challenge is open to teams who are submitting a project in which they did not write any code. Examples: business proposals, powerpoint presentations, or merely a pitch.


MLH Challenges:

1. Best Use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, & integrated data analytics products proided by Google Cloud.

2. Best Domain Name from

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger and Backpack.

3. Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with embedded Arduino Uno compatible board and 10 pre-wired modules. We select two winning teams for this category and each winning team member will receive a prize!


1. YuRide Challenge

Devise a method/algorithm for predicting the number of students coming to York University Keele campus based on published timetables by York (assuming all classes are in person). Calculate the environmental impact (per month) taking peak seasons such as midterms and final exams into account.

2. Best use of echoAR

Build the best AR/VR application using the echoAR platform.


Only hackers who have applied and have received an acceptance email may participate.

Verification will be conducted.


Teams must consist of 1-4 hackers.

Hackers must submit a link to a live demo of their project or a short video pitching/demonstrating their project. 

For non technical projects, hackers must submit a pitch via video.

All projects MUST be worked on and submitted within the designated hacking period. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$CAD1,100 in prizes

yuHacks Champion

yuHacks Runner-Up

yuHacks Bonus Prize

New Hacker Challenge
Non-Technical Challenge

YuRide Challenge (2)

echoAR Challenge

Best Domain Registered with

Best Use of Google Cloud

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Industry Experts and Professionals

Industry Experts and Professionals

Artem Solovey

Artem Solovey

Michael Presman

Daniyal Anjum

Daniyal Anjum

Eric Marcantonio

Eric Marcantonio

Johnny Libenzon

Ilia Kniazev

Ilia Kniazev

Judging Criteria

  • Practicality
    How practical is the contestant’s project to real life situations? Would it be used by people to help complete tasks by real people?
  • Delivery
    Were the ways that the contestants presented their project appealing to the eye? How well did the project convey its purpose?
  • Appropriateness
    Is the project in line with the contestant’s chosen theme? How well does the project align with the theme?
  • Completeness
    How well does the project perform? Does it perform the way the contestants claim it to be? How usable is the project? How creatively designed is the underlying mechanic?
  • Innovation
    Does the project take on a new idea or approach an old problem differently or creatively? How imaginative is the project’s approach?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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