Hack the North is Canada’s largest international student hackathon. For 36 hours, over 1,000 students with different backgrounds come to form teams and create unique software and hardware projects from scratch.

Hack the North BannerI was one of the organizers for the first-ever Hack the North in 2014. I worked with an amazing group of organizers and volunteers to make this possible. It is undoubtedly one of the proudest things I’ve ever worked. I planned the event with the other organizers and we put in long hours and nights to create an amazing experience for 1000 people.

Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, was super impressed with what he saw and the event was a monumental success according to the Engineering Faculty at the University of Waterloo.

For months leading up to the event, my role was to create a brand for Hack the North. I designed the print and digital materials for the hackathon and brought the brand to life as Hack the North had never existed before. I had a wide range of responsibilities which included creating illustrations, making the brand guidelines, and marketing and promoting the event via social media and getting the word out on campus and beyond.

Hack the North in Engineering 5 Building

Hack the North was hosted in the E5 building at the University of Waterloo.

Want a better idea of what Hack the North is about? Check out the video below. There’s also the Hack the North 2014 recap.

Hack the North Organizers

The organizing team for Hack the North 2014.