For 36 hours, join students and leading innovators in tackling the challenge of privacy in the digital age. Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Ann Cavoukian.

Youth play an essential role in defining our digital future.

That’s why we created Citizen Hacks, a student-run hackathon that encourages the next generation of innovators and users to actively participate in building a digital world that works for everyone. Citizen Hacks is a platform for university, college and high school students to collaborate with educators, businesses, nonprofits, and governmental organizations in exploring the challenges and potential of creating technology that benefits society.

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Prizes

$CAD4,120 in prizes

1st Place Overall

The prizes are to be split evenly among the winning team
- 4x Yubico YubiKey 5 NFC - Two Factor Authentication USB and NFC Security Key
- 4x ProtonMail Plus yearly accounts
- $120 of Amazon Credit

2nd Place Overall

The prizes are to be split evenly among the winning team
- 4x Portable Charger
- 4x ProtonMail Plus yearly accounts
- $120 Amazon Credit

3rd Place Overall

The prizes are to be split evenly among the winning team
- 4x ProtonMail Plus yearly accounts
- $120 Amazon Credit

Best Keybase Bot Integration

The prizes are to be split evenly among the winning team
- $1000 USD in Stellar

Best Stellar Integration

The prizes are to be split evenly among the winning team
- $1000 USD in Stellar

Best use of Google Cloud

Google Home Minis for each team member

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com branded backpack for each team member.

Best Automation Hack with UiPath

Build an automation hack with UiPath Studio and submit it through UiPath Connect! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack.

Best use of Blockstack

Create an app using the Blockstack Platform. Each winning team member will receive a pair of Apple BeatsX Earphones. The opportunity with Blockstack doesn't end with the event. Any app built with Blockstack during a hackathon that successfully registers for the App Mining program will receive an additional $200 reward.

Judges

Citizen Hacks Judges

Citizen Hacks Judges

Judging Criteria

  • NOTES:
    For ease of calculation, each eligible project will be judged with equal weighting on each of the following categories. For a reference on Privacy by Design, please see https://www.ipc.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/resources/7foundationalprinciples.pdf.
  • Privacy Focus
    Does the hack fundamentally incorporate at least one, if not all, of the principles of privacy by design? Is the hack related in some way to the collection, use, or manipulation of data?
  • Technical
    How technically challenging is the hack? What problems did you encounter, and how did you overcome them? How thoroughly does the technical implementation reflect the principles of privacy by design?
  • Original
    How unique is the hack? Has it been done before? Does the project solve a new problem, or is it a new solution to an existing problem? How extensively do the principles of privacy by design inform the originality of the hack?
  • Visual Design & Experience
    What does the project look like? Is it intuitive, aesthetically pleasing or accessible? How thoroughly do the principles of privacy by design inform the product’s user-facing design?
  • Wow Factor
    How does the project stand out? Is it ambitious – does it tackle a big problem in a novel way? Is it a bold new take on some or all of the privacy by design principles?

themes

  • Cybersecurity
  • Social Good