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Come join us for 36 hours of learning, creating, and hacking in a city known for its technological innovations. With access to a multitude of the best hardware on the market you’ll have the chance to design and build anything you ever dreamed of.

About WearHacks

Wearhacks promotes innovation, entrepreneurship, and education in the Emerging Technologies space.
Our fundamental goal is to bridge the knowledge gap that exists in the IoT industry amongst technology enthusiasts from all backgrounds through hackathons.
We strive to make hardware education accessible, approachable, and affordable.
For an intensive 36 hours, you will learn new tools, meet industry experts, collaborate with other talented students and young professionals and build new wearable and connected technology.

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What you get


Batteries included

We'll give you great food and lots of coffee. You build something awesome.

All backgrounds

We welcome all kinds of innovators and industry experts, students and non-students alike, developers, engineers, designers, neuroscientists and curious minds.

Mentorship and Promotion

We follow-up with the teams and help promote the best projects. We organize demos, talks, etc.

Available Hardware


Schedule


Friday, Mar 24th

7:00 PM

Hacker Registration Opens

7:30 PM

Team Formation Session

8:00 PM

Dinner

9:00 PM

Opening Ceremonies

10:00 PM

Hacking Begins!

11:00 PM

Hardware Workshop

Saturday, Mar 25th

8:30 AM

Breakfast

10:00 AM

OpenSCAD Workshop

11:30 AM

Microsoft Workshop

1:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM

Marshmallow Challenge

4:00 PM

Nokia Workshop

6:00 PM

RL Solutions Workshop

7:00 PM

Spicy Noodle Blind UI Challenge

8:30 PM

Dinner

10:00 PM

Trivia!

Sunday, Mar 26th

7:00 AM

Paper Airplane Challenge

8:00 AM

ECE Talk

9:00 AM

Breakfast

9:30 AM

DevPost Submissions Due

10:00 AM

Hacking Ends

11:00 AM

Judging Begins

1:00 PM

Closing Ceremonies

2:00 PM

Hardware Returns

WearHacks Kitchener-Waterloo would not be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors

Venue Sponsor


City Sponsors


Hardware Sponsors


Interested in sponsoring? E-mail us at waterloo@wearhacks.com!

Keynote Speaker: The Hacksmith

James Hobson, a.k.a. the Hacksmith, is an engineer, inventor, and YouTube celebrity. He focuses on taking fictional items from movies, comic books, and video games and making real working prototypes. Using technology to turn fiction into reality for your entertainment is his specialty.

Youtube Channel

#WearHacksKW

Frequently Asked Questions


WearHacks is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to make hardware education, including the Internet of Things and emerging technologies such as virtual reality accessible and approachable to everyone. Through WearHacks hackathons, we give hackers access to cutting edge hardware devices, create an environment where hackers feel comfortable exploring new domains, and support them in bringing their ideas to life.

No worries. It's definitely a plus to have prior coding or technical experience, but it's not a requirement. We'll have talks, mentors and workshops to help you with your project- hackathons can be a great place to learn new skills in a short amount of time. Just come eager to learn, excited to meet lots of awesome people and most importantly, come ready to build.

Nothing! See you there! :)

We've got that covered. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks will be provided. Locally sourced. Completely free.

Hackathons are a great way to learn new skills, make friends and create really cool things! Being weekend-long events, with much work being done at night, we encourage participants to eat well and get as much sleep as possible.

Not a problem. You can join others' projects if you don't have an idea or create a project for others to join if you have an idea but no team. There will be opportunities on Friday to brainstorm ideas and form teams. It's also common for teams to pivot or come up with great ideas a few hours into the hackathon. In any case, you're good to go!

We do not have any specific requirements for team sizes, but keep in mind that larger teams will be harder to manage and prizing is often based on teams of up to four. We recommend a maximum team size of four people and encourage diversity. Consider inviting someone new to hackathons into your team.

A laptop and cables/chargers are the essentials. If you have a hardware hack in mind that uses kits not being provided, then bring along the needed components! Also consider bringing a sleeping bag, toiletries, and a change of clothes.

No! Working on a project beforehand goes against the spirit of hackathons and undermines their integrity. However, familiarizing yourself with the APIs, libraries and hardware you plan on using is encouraged. We'll also be providing more information about the APIs that our sponsors will be providing, so stay tuned!

A group of judges will rate the hacks based on creativity, technical difficulty, design, and usefulness. Sponsors also evaluate projects that are competing for their respective prizes based on their own criteria. The top 10 overall projects will go to a final round of judging, where teams will demo what they built in front of all the judges and participants. We will be posting more details about our judges and judging categories closer to the event, along with what prizes are up for grabs.

Absolutely! As long as the hardware is not a previous project and has been reset of previous code, bringing your own hardware is great if you have an idea that requires specific components.

Feel free to reach out to us on twitter, facebook or email with any questions.

Let's Get In Touch!


For any questions and inquiries, feel free to contact us!