Coming April 2018

Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School, Waterloo

About

A huge thanks to everyone who attended, sponsored, or supported JAMHacks 2017. Hope to see you again next year!

JAMHacks is Waterloo's first high school hackathon. On April 9th 2017, 100 high school students from all over Ontario came together for 12 jam-packed hours of creativity, innovation and learning!

FAQ

What is JAMHacks?

JAMHacks is a hackathon—a 12-hour-long "innovation marathon." You'll work in teams of up to 4 to create an app, game, website, robot, gadget, or whatever your heart desires.

What else is JAMHacks?

JAMHacks is also a learnathon—We'll be running workshops to guide you through making a software or electronics project, even if you've never coded before!

What if I don't know how to code?

No problem! A hackathon is a great way to quickly pick up new skills. We'll have workshops and mentors to guide you from your first line of code to writing your own app or website!

Do I need to have a team?

Nope! We'll have time for team formation at the event, which is a great way to meet cool new people. That said, if you have some friends who are interested, you can definitely form a team ahead of time!

Can I build a hardware/electronics project?

Absolutely! We'll have a shop open with soldering irons and small components (resistors etc.) for you to use. Also, Intel will be providing some kits!

Who can participate?

JAMHacks is open to any high school student in Ontario!

Is there any cost?

Nope! The event will be free for all participants thanks to the generous contributions of our sponsors.

How many people will be accepted?

We should have enough room to accept everyone who applies!

What should I bring?

You should bring your laptop, phone, charger, and your student card or some other form of ID. We will provide food and snacks!

What if I'm not a high school student?

We'd love to have you as a mentor! You can register here.

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes. In short, be respectful to other people. You can read the full version here.

I have another question.

Feel free to email us at [email protected] or send us a message on Facebook.

Schedule (2017)

Want to know what we did last year? This was the schedule of the day.

8:00–8:45am
Sign In
First floor foyer
9:00–9:30am
Opening Ceremonies
Auditorium
9:30am
Hacking Begins!
9:30–11:00am
Web Design 101
 
Projection
Christie
 
11:00am–12:30pm
Python 101
 
12:30–2:00pm
Lunch
Cafeteria
2:00–3:30pm
Web Design 102 – Javascript
Gamelynx
 
Electronics 101 – Intel Edison
Intel
 
4:00–5:30pm
Python 102 – Machine Learning
 
6:00–7:00pm
Dinner
Cafeteria
8:00pm
Hacking Ends!
8:00–9:00pm
Project Showcase and Judging
Cafeteria
9:00–9:30pm
Closing Ceremonies
Auditorium

Sponsors (2017)

Interested in sponsoring? Shoot us an email at [email protected], or check out our sponsorship package.

Partners