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Hackathon Rules


  • We follow MLH Contest Rules as well as our own. As such, the contest is open to any individuals, with any single team consisting of one (1) to four (4) individuals. Individuals must be legal residents of Canada, excluding the province of Quebec, and must be either current high-school or university students, as well as at least 14 years of age.
  • As per MLH Contest Rules and conditions, minors (those between the ages of 14-18) will be required to submit parent permission forms. Parents or guardians must either electronically sign the permission form, or print it out, then sign it and email a scanned copy to communications@ruhacks.com.
  • Cross-submissions of the same projects to different hackathons running simultaniously as RU Hacks are not permitted and will result in immediate disqualification from RU Hacks
  • All code written must be your own and written before project submissions ends. Project submissions end Sunday(May 17th) at 10:30 am EST
  • Only participants who have been accepted and confirmed their spots through the application portal on RU Hacks website are permitted to submit their projects through Devpost. All other project submissions are void.

Contest Period

The contest entry period begins on April 1st, 2020 at 1:00 and ends on May 1st, 2020 at 1:00 Eastern Standard Time.

The contest itself will be held virtually, beginning on May 15, 2020 at 18:00 and ending on May 17, 2020 at 20:00. All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST). To be eligible for potential prizes, the criteria is outlined below.

Code of Conduct

We abide by the MLH Code of Conduct.

Privacy Policy

We abide by the MLH Privacy Policy.

Additional Rules

For additional rules check out our full list of rules.


Top 3 Prizes

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place teams are determined by judges chosen to rank project demos in the hackathon. Each of the Top 3 Prizes is awarded to only one (1) team per prize.

  • First (1st) Place: Win a Luxury Espresso Machine, $1000 Value, per Winning Team Member
  • Second (2nd) Place: Win AirPods Pro, $500 Value, per Winning Team Member.
  • Third (3rd) Place: Win an Amazon Echo, $125 Value, per Winning Team Member.

Other Prizes

  • MLH Prize
  • MLH: Best UiPath Automation Hack: Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath Branded Backpack.
  • MLH: Best Domain Registered with Domain.com: Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend! The winning team will receive Domain.com Backpacks.
  • MLH: Best use of Blockstack: Create an app using the Blockstack Platform. Winning team members will receive a pair of Apple BeatsX Earphones.
  • MLH: Best use of MongoDB Atlas: Create a hack using MongoDB Atlas to host a database in the cloud! Automate the provisioning and deployment process with ease, while focusing all your efforts on your hack. Projects built using MongoDB Atlas will be eligible to win an AirCharge Plus.
  • MLH: Facebook Spark AR Sticker Challenge: Create an Instagram filter using Facebook's Spark AR. Winner of the category will have their filter published through the MLH Instagram Channel & Featured on Facebook's Spark AR Community Page.
  • Best Use of Google Cloud (2):First place wins: Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy, Cloud Water Bottle, and Google Nest Mini for each team member. Runner up wins a Nest Mini for each team member (provided by MLH). Prize shipping only available within North America.
  • Best use of echoAR:Build the best AR/VR application using the echoAR platform! Winners will receive a $50 Amazon git card, 1-month free Business Tier access to echoAR and a feature in echoAR's newsletter sent to investors and the AR/VR echosystem!
  • Harm Reduction Category Winner:This category prompts participants to explore innovative solutions to the overdose crisis in Canada. Participants will be supported to develop transformative digital interventions in an effort to address different aspects of this urgent and complex social issue. Each winning team member wins a JBL Flip 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker worth $130.
  • Best High School Prize: One item of technology, $60, Per Winning Team Member.

About RU Hacks

What is RU Hacks?

RU Hacks is a unique hackathon at Ryerson University, located at the heart of downtown Toronto. This year will be our fourth RU Hacks and we hope you will be here to join us for 36 hours of creativity. Meet new people, learn new skills and have fun while showcasing your talents.

Why Attend?

Be a part of something special - meet other passionate students and let your creativity run wild. This event is the perfect opportunity to showcase your talents. This event is also an opportunity to learn new skills as mentors will be present, and there will be plenty of workshops to help you get your ideas off the ground.


Who can Attend?

If you are a student enrolled in any undergraduate or graduate program and are 18 or older, you are eligible to apply and attend RU Hacks.

How will I get to RU Hacks?

This year RU Hacks will be doing a virtual hacakthon due to recent COVID-19 events. We will let you know soon on how to register!

How much does it cost to attend RU Hacks?

Admission to RU Hacks is completely free!

I’ve never attended a hackathon before...

No worries. Prior coding or technical experience is not a requirement at all. RU Hacks is a fun learning experience. We’ll be having tons of beginner workshops, talks and as well as mentors to help you with your projects. Our goal is for you to leave RU Hacks having learned something.

Can I start working on my hack before the event?

No. We do not allow participants to work on pre-existing projects. All projects must be worked on from scratch. You'll have enough time to make something you can be proud of. However, you are welcome to familiarize yourself with specific tools and technologies beforehand!

What about Hardware Hacks?

If you have any specific hardware you intend to work with, feel free to use them.

What is the maximum team size?

A team can be a person working on their own, however, the largest team allowed will be a team of 4.

How does judging work?

Our panel of judges consists of some of the biggest names in tech. These experts will eagerly be viewing your projects based on usefulness, design, difficulty and creativity. The top projects will get a chance to demo their hacks in front of all of RU Hacks during the closing ceremony.

I still have more questions!

Reach out to us at communications@ruhacks.com

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