Electric City Hacks, partnered with Major League Hacking, is a 37-hour student-run event that took place November 3 to 5 in the Trent Student Centre inside Trent University’s Symons campus. This Hackathon challenged student innovators who’d traveled from as far as the U.S. to design, build and demonstrate their developments.
The event served as a fantastic chance for students to vie for future employment as many of the sponsors sent representative scouts to find student talent in the tech industry. Some of the sponsors included TD Technology, Muse, Microsoft, The Innovation Cluster and more!
Hacker students were able to stay motivated in the space while provided free local food and were surrounded by local companies, including startups from the Innovation Cluster. Startups like Canuck Play – video game creators, and Kavtek – a virtual and augmented reality-based company, were just a couple of the attendees.
How to code, the perfect pitch, robotics and a hackathon boot camp for high school students were just a few examples of the amazing workshops held throughout the 37-hour event. Students also had the opportunity to win prizes in categories such as pitching and fintech.
Through the Innovation Cluster’s Big IDeA program, Self Driving Human won the prize for the most innovative accessibility solution as well as the overall first place prize for Electric City Hacks!
By the end of the 37 hours, students had to demo their product to a panel of judges. Innovations ranged from hardware solutions for the visually impaired to detect what’s in front of them to a software program that tracked financial management.