The Official Hackathon of Queen's University

We’re bringing together students from all over North America for a wild 36 hours - designing, developing, demoing, game-playing, and yoga-doing from our home base at Queen’s University. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, QHacks has something to satisfy your interests! This weekend is about inclusiveness for all disciplines - students from any level of skill, from any field of study, are encouraged to bring their innovative ideas for a weekend of virtual problem-solving! The only prerequisites for this weekend are a love for tech and drive to learn! We can't wait to see you there!

Only participants who have been accepted and confirmed their spots through the application portal on QHacks website are permitted to submit their projects through Devpost.


Only participants who have been accepted and confirmed their spots through the application portal on QHacks website are permitted to submit their projects through Devpost.

Hackathon Sponsors


$11,880 in prizes

First Prize

[Apple Airpods] OR [Braun Coffee maker+$40 gift card] for each member of the winning team

Second Prize

[Fitbit Charge 2] OR [Kobo Klara HD] for each member of the winning team

Third Prize

[Nutribullet] OR [Fujifilm Instax® Mini 11] for each member of the winning team

echoAR Prize

» $50 Amazon gift card (per team)
» 1-month free Business Tier access to echoAR (per team)
» A feature in echoAR's newsletter (sent to investors and AR/VR ecosystem)

Winners MUST use the echoAR platform as part of the project to be eligible for this award

City of Kingston Mayor’s Entrepreneur Challenge Prize (2)

City of Kingston Mayor’s Entrepreneur Package
» Mayor of Kingston – 1 hour
» Craig Desjardins – Director of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships – 1 hour
» Troy Beharry–Expert in grant sourcing with the City of Kingston – 1 hour
» Access to Kingston Economic Development Corporation’s week-long business Bootcamp with Andrew Patriciano
» The winning team gets direct entry to the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge and has a chance to win prizes worth up to $25k
» Claire Bouvier – Small Business Advisor and local entrepreneur, Kingston EcDev – 1 hour
» Norman – Small Business Advisor, Kingston EcDev – 1 hour
» Direct entry to the Municipal Innovation Week Student Showcase

DCL Prize (3)

» First Place - $750 (per team) and a coffee chat with the CEO of Distributed Compute Labs and Kings Distributed Systems, Dan Desjardans
» Second Place - $250 (per team)
» BOTH winning teams will receive mentorship to continue the project along with Distributed Computer credits and front of line access to the First Developers program.
» DCL Special Prize - keep your DCL credits

Judging is based on Use of Technology, Innovation, Functionality, Presentation!

Best Domain Registered with

» Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Backpack.

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team.

Best use of Google Cloud

» Each winning team member will receive a Google Branded Parkland Academy Backpack

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here:

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

» Each winning team member will receive a Grove Beginner Kits!

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. We select two winning teams for this category.

New Wave of Tech Prize

» Each winning team member will receive a swag bag from Ada worth $120!

All the projects submitted on QHacks 2021 Devpost will be considered for the prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Himanshi Jindal

Himanshi Jindal
Diagnostic & ITSM Tools at Rogers

Joan Stainton

Joan Stainton
Senior Client IT Architect at IBM


echoAR CEO

Koren Grinshpoon
echoAR COO

Dan Desjardins

Dan Desjardins
Distributed Compute Labs (DCL) CEO

Stephen Cropper

Stephen Cropper
Major League Hacking(MLH) Coach

Jess Dassanayake
QHacks Co-Chair

Kiran Kaur
QHacks Co-Chair



Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Weight: 5 | Application of project in an unexpected/original manner. Project portrays clever use of available resources.
  • Functionality
    Weight: 5 | Experience of the presentation was complete and well explained. Provided an impressive experience from start to end.
  • Technical Ability
    Weight: 5 | Used appropriate technical tools and seems to be built in a logical and well-structured manner.
  • Design
    Weight: 5 | Presentation was polished and well structured. Design is clean and aesthetically pleasing.

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