MasseyHacks is a high school hackathon where 250+ students of all skill levels — from those who haven't written "Hello World!" to seasoned hackers with SSH enabled power strips — come together to learn and create something amazing for 24 hours straight. Here you'll find free-to-use hardware, experienced mentors, activities like cupstacking and hackenger hunts, and lots of workshops! MasseyHacks is a place to immerse yourself in the massive world of computer science and engineering, create anything you want and let your imagination run free.
"The amount of free swag + the enthusiasm of the organizers was great!
Honestly, the entire weekend felt extremely well-organized and made for a great first hackathon."
A hackathon is an event where students of all backgrounds and disciplines come together to immerse themselves in computer science-infused activities, such as attending tech workshops or building projects and hacks of their own. Creativity and innovation are intrinsic to the hackathon experience. Check out last year's projects to get an idea of what a hackathon's like.
Not at all — in fact, we encourage newcomers to come and participate in MasseyHacks. We’ll teach you the fundamentals of programming, tech essentials and lots more!
You can go solo and create something by youself, but we encourage you to form a team beforehand — everything's better with friends. Teams can have up to 4 members. Don't worry if you don't have a team at the event, as we will have a team formation event for hackers to find potential team members.
Paperwork such as your waiver and ID are necessary for entry. Bring your own laptop and charger; power strips, sleeping bags and toiletries are recommended. As for other necessities like food, freedom and fun, rest assured that we’ve got you covered.
Once you've submitted your application, keep an eye on your application dashboard and your email for further updates. More info will be released closer to the time of the event.
Any high school student can participate. If you've graduated from high school, you can apply to be a mentor.
Tell them thanks, firstly. Then ask them to email us at [email protected] to get started! We greatly appreciate support of any kind!
For students in Toronto and Waterloo, we'll be sending a bus your way if funding permits. If you're within a reasonable distance of the event, you're responsible for securing your own transportation. No other reimbursements are available at this time. Additional information will be provided closer to the time of the event.
We suggest that you stay for the entire event, but if you can't stay the night, you can leave during the night and come back. If are under 18, you can get a parent to pick you up before midnight and drop you back at the event after 5 am. If you are 18, you do not need a parent.
MasseyHacks charges nothing for entry — the event is free for all attendees!
Yes, of course! All hackers must abide to the MLH Code of Conduct found here.
Send us an email at [email protected] and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!
"Thank you to everyone who made this event possible! It was my first hackathon and was a really great experience!"
"It was really fun! I enjoyed hacking with my friends and grinding on python all night."