At ULHacks, you have 36 hours to create a project which empowers learning.

We believe that learning is an invaluable skill. No matter your career or your field, the rapid innovation over the past few decades have demonstrated the need to adapt your skills to ever-changing technology—or they risk falling obsolete.

The secret to evolving your skills for the modern age lies in perfecting the foundational skill of learning, which has never been more crucial to a successful future. 

Luckily, technology has made learning more accessible than ever. It has empowered people to create and share tools and projects that empower others to learn a subject more quickly and effectively. At ULHacks, we want you to leverage today’s technologies to create these projects: projects that empower learning.

Ideas

If you need ideas for a hack, here are some ideas based on categories related to learning!

Subject Learning

Your project can facilitate learning a specific subject in one way or another.

Some examples of apps you might create:

  • A game that teaches/introduces people to a new subject in a fun and engaging manner

  • A website that helps people practice a skill by giving feedback using AI

  • An app that helps people learn and/or practice a language in a creative way

Accountability/Motivation

Your project can keep people accountable and/or motivated during their learning journey in one way or another.

Some examples of apps you might create:

  • An app that helps you find study groups

  • A browser extension that blocks/discourages distractions

  • A website that displays a motivational quote of the day

Utility

Your project can provide a general tool to help people with their learning journey

Some examples of apps you might create:

  • A todo-list app with a unique twist

  • A communication app designed for a classroom environment

  • An app that summarizes a classroom transcript

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$CAD4,956 in prizes

1st Place Prize

- A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition for each member of the winning team
- Prize from Huawei for each member of the winning team

2nd Place Prize

- A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition for each member of the winning team
- EdTech Bundles for each member of the winning team

3rd Place Prize

- A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition for each member of the winning team
- 3 pieces of ELEGOO Owl Smart Robotic Car Kit
- 2 Pieces of ELEGOO Arduino UNO basic Starter Kit

1-Month Access to echoAR Business Plan (200)

echoAR (www.echoAR.xyz) is a cloud platform for augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) that provides tools and server-side infrastructure to help developers & companies quickly build and deploy AR/VR apps and experiences. All ULHacks participants are eligible for a 1-month FREE access to all Business Plan features of the echoAR platform.

1-Month Access to Repl.it Hacker Plan (200)

All ULHacks participants are eligible for a free month of Repl.it's hacker plan, which includes Private repls, always on repls, 5GB storage, 2GB memory and 4x the speed as the Starter plan!

Access to Wolfram|One for 30 days (200)

All ULHacks participants will be have access to Wolfram|One for 30 days, which includes full access to the Wolfram Language and Knowledgebase, 5000 Wolfram|Alpha API calls, 5000 Cloud Credits, and 2 GB of Cloud Storage.

Access to Voiceflow PRO for 6 months (200)

All ULHacks participants are eligible for a free 6-month access to Voiceflow PRO, which includes features like unlimited projects and real-time collaboration to help you design, prototype, and launch your voice & chat bots!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

In order to be eligible for prizes, you must submit your project to Devpost and your submission must contain all of the following elements:

  • Video Demo

    • 3 to 5 minutes long

    • Should showcase your project: explain what it does and how it works

  • Source Code

    • Must be publicly accessible

    • Optimally hosted on a public git repository (e.g. GitHub, GitLab)

  • Submitted to one and only one track (Subject Learning, Accountability/Motivation, Utility/Other)

Judges

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Judging Criteria

  • Presentation
    Does the submission video explain their project clearly? Is the product clearly demoed in the submitted video?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface?
  • Functionality
    Does the hack work? Is the product buggy?
  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?

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