May 4–5, 2019

Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School, Waterloo

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JAMHacks 3 is the largest high school hackathon in Waterloo! On May 4-5, we are bringing together 200 students from high schools all over Ontario for a full 24 hours of creating, learning and innovating.


What is JAMHacks?

JAMHacks is a hackathon—a 24-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.

Who can participate?

JAMHacks is open to any high school student in Ontario! You don't need to have any experience!

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 be accepting everyone who registers!

What should I bring?

You should bring your laptop, phone, charger, a reusable water bottle, sleeping bag, toiletries, and your student card or some other form of ID. We will be providing meals and snacks, and quiet rooms for sleeping!

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.


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