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NWHacks 2018 | Life Sciences Centre | Saturday, 13. January 2018

Dig a little deeper this January at our fourth and best-yet iteration of nwHacks ⛏️

This is the largest hackathon in western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, but more importantly, a thrilling 24-hr adventure through the world of cutting-edge tech. Journey with us along the frontiers of innovation while you work in a team to create a tech project from scratch, and get ready to push yourself beyond your limits and uncover more late-night motivation than you thought possible. Along the way, you’ll befriend industry pros from companies like Google and Microsoft, fuel up on waffles, and bond with the 600 other hackers who share your passion and drive. Word of advice: go easy on the gear — you’ll want to leave lots of room for the swag you collect this weekend.

We welcome hackathon veterans and first-timers alike. Come as you are (that is, a student or recent grad with a laptop) and leave with so much more. Because whether it’s the experience you gain or the friends you make, rest assured that at nwHacks 2018 you’ll be finding more gems than ever before 💎

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First round applications will close on November 30th at 11:59 PM. After first round applicants confirm their attendance, second round acceptances will be sent out depending on the number of available spots remaining.

Interested in participating, but not as a hacker?
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  • Get ready to join us at #nwHacks with TELUS. We're excited to see the hacks everyone is about to create, so together we can work towards developing future friendly services! #Telus #Hackathon #telecommunications https://twitter.com/nwHacks/status/938446412613787648
  • How comfy were those RBC socks you got from last year? Well guess what.. They'll be back with even more surprises at nwHacks 2018! #RBC #Hackathon #nwHacks https://twitter.com/nwHacks/status/938176238576746496
  • The most secure, anonymous VPN tunnel is now at your fingertips. We would like to give a huge shoutout to Private Internet Access for sponsoring nwHacks 2018. Enjoy unrestricted access to the Private Internet Access Privileges VPN network during nwHacks.
  • Thank you to everybody that applied to nwHacks 2018! We had over 1800 applicants this year, so the decision process has been very tough! We would like to give a congratulations to everyone that has been accepted to attend our hackathon. If you have been put on the waitlist, please remember to check your emails as more acceptances may be sent out in the near future. All other applicants, thank you so much for taking the time to apply. Second round acceptances will be sent out after December 14th depending on the number of available spots remaining. If you would still like to be involved in the hacker community please check out our page at StartupStorm for other upcoming events. Happy hacking!
  • TODAY is the last day to apply! First round applications close tonight at 11:59 PM 🕙
  • First round applications close TOMORROW night! Don't wait to apply. https://www.nwhacks.io/ -------------- 💎 Who says hackathons can’t be comfy? Pillow fight other teams or build a large scale blanket fort with the sleeping gear Google is providing us! Or, you know, sleep with it. 💎 .TECH is awarding $500 Amazon gift vouchers to the team that submits the best hack on a .tech domain. 💎 Muse is a brain-sensing bluetooth headband that guides you through meditation. The device gives you feedback about your meditation in real time by translating your brain signals into the sounds of wind. Here are just some of our exciting sponsors this year, stay tuned for more updates on prizes and workshops.
  • I didn’t see anything about hardware hacks. Are they encouraged? Will there be hardware to borrow or access to a fabrication lab? Thanks!
  • If finals are just around the corner, our first round deadline is already in your ****. Don't procrastinate, Nov 30 is just 3 days away — if you haven't already submitted your application, hop onto https://www.nwhacks.io/ and register tonight!
  • 1 WEEK LEFT FOR FIRST ROUND APPLICATIONS! Just some of our prizes include $5000 in cash prizes given to the winning teams.  nwHacks is awarding: 💸$1500 for the overall winners 💸$1000 for 2nd place 💸$500 for 3rd place 💸Scotiabank is kindly sponsoring a $2000 cash prize for the winning team in their category. Stay tuned for more updates on sponsor prizes! 🥇
  • (CLOSED) nwHacks is very excited to be partnering with Sketch App to bring you FREE software licenses! 💎 To enter the draw for a chance to win a Sketch license, do the following before Friday, November 24th at 11:59pm: 1) Like our Facebook page 2) Tag a friend you want to attend nwHacks with in the comments of this post 1 tag = 1 entry! You may tag as many people as you want. 3 additional licences will be given away on the day of the event. Sketch is the industry standard interface design tool. Make your project interfaces pixel-perfect with their easy to learn, yet powerful software. Sketch also offers a 50% discount for students, and a free 30-day trial! Learn more at https://www.sketchapp.com/
  • 💎 First round applications close in 8 days! Second round applications will remain open until December 14th at 11:59pm. After the first wave of accepted hackers RSVP for the event, second round applicants will receive confirmations depending on the number of spots remaining.
  • Don't forget to apply if you haven't already! T Minus 13 days before applications close!
  • Our friends on the east coast also have a great hackathon going the week after nwHacks. Please remember to apply! https://register.conuhacks.io/login
  • Wenny Jiang
  • Want to get hands-on learning from leading tech companies? Make sure you come to UBC's biggest tech conference: Blueprint! The 10 workshops from many industries will revolve around learning skills and applying them in case simulations. The event will also have a keynote speaker, networking opportunities, sweet giveaways, and an after party with free cover! Students from all faculties are welcome. Be sure to check out the Facebook event and buy tickets at UBC BizTech Blueprint Conference 2017 #UBCBiztech #Blueprint
  • I mentored the last 2 years with my previous orgs, Mobify and Hootsuite. But I'm no longer with them, can I still get in solo?
  • NWHacks 2018 it appears that your register page has a broken input when viewing it in Safari on an iPhone. The “Birthday” input is not selectable. Or am I the only one with that bug?
  • A glimpse at nwHacks 2018. Have you applied yet? https://nwhacks.io