TechNova is the University of Waterloo's global Women+ in Tech Hackathon. We envision a more gender-equitable future in Technology by creating a safe, inclusive, and empowering space for women and other gender minorities to start, grow and thrive in the technology industry. 


Project and Submission Requirements

Projects must by submitted by Sunday August 28, 2022 at 10:00 AM EDT.

  • Teams will be expected to submit a 3 minute pitch/demo video.
  • Any code/project started outside the hacking period starts will be not be allowed.
  • Only original submissions will be accepted (eg. You can't have submitted the hack to a previous hackathon).
  • You may only submit your hack to TechNova's Hack with Us 2022, not other hackathons occurring concurrently.

Judging Criteria and Winner Selection

Judging will take place asynchronously on Sunday August 28, 2022 from 12:00 - 4:00 PM EDT.

Hackathon Sponsors


$CAD15,880 in prizes

Best Overall (3)

The team that performs the best overall in both the hack and pitch categories. They have created a unique and innovative hack, which encompasses the values presented by TechNova. Best Overall, 1st Place (~$250/hacker) Best Overall, 2nd Place (~ $150/hacker) Best Overall, 3rd Place (~ $100/hacker)

Best Beginner Hack (3)

The beginner team that performs the best in the hack category. They have created a unique and innovative hack, which encompasses the values presented by TechNova. Criteria: 3/4 members must be first-time hackers Best Beginner Hack, 1st Place (~$250/hacker) Best Beginner Hack, 2nd Place (~$150/hacker) Best Beginner Hack, 3rd Place (~$100/hacker)

Best Use of CockroachDB Serverless for Social Good by Cockroach Labs

Build the best hack for social good using CockroachDB Serverless. This prize category is only available to teams that use the hosted serverless version of CockroachDB. Each member of the team will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card and the opportunity to discuss and demo their project on a CockroachDB live stream.

Best Use of Google Cloud - Sponsored by Google

Google Cloud-branded backpacks will be awarded to the project with the best use of of any Google Cloud product, including Firebase.

Best Use of Pages by Cloudflare

Recognizes the hackathon project that makes the best use of Cloudflare Pages.

Prize: Guaranteed Interview with Cloudflare and Cloudflare swag

*The interview will take place during Cloudflare's regular recruiting cycle. Cloudflare will keep in contact with the winner(s) for when applications open and interviews begin
*The team you interview with may vary based on openings

Best Use of Gamification Hack by Velocity

Velocity is proud to present The Best Use of Gamification Award to Technova hackers!

Prize: Each hacker in the winning team receives a Velocity prize pack that includes:
- 1 Adult M Velocity branded blue zip hoodie
- 1 Velocity spill proof camelback
- 1 Velocity battery charging adaptor
- 1 pair of Velocity branded socks

Best Connectivity Hack by HRT (3)

Recognizes the hackathon project that enables connectivity the best.

- 1st Place: $150 Amazon gift card/person + Link to VIP swag store
- 2nd/3rd Place: Link to VIP swag store

People's Choice Award

Recognizes a team that receives the most amount of votes from their peers through likes on Devpost. Prize: ~$80/hacker.

Accessibility to Technology

Best hack aimed at improving accessibility for people with disabilities. Prize: ~$80/hacker

A More Sustainable Future

Best hack aimed at safeguarding the environment. Prize: ~$80/hacker

Best UI/UX

Recognizes a team that creates the best UI/UX project. Prize: ~$80/hacker

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Mila Banerjee

Mila Banerjee
CEO & Tech Lead at Pronti AI

Cressa Price

Cressa Price
Senior Director, Software Engineering at D2L

Kendra Wiswell

Kendra Wiswell
Senior Technical Account Manager at SPS Commerce

Kristina Moore

Kristina Moore
Principal Product Manager at Microsoft

Anne Nagle

Anne Nagle
Customer Success Executive at SPS Commerce

Jen Macklin

Jen Macklin
Software Engineer at Microsoft

Karan Huynh

Karan Huynh
Software Engineer at Meta

Aydrian Howard
Developer Advocate at Cockroach Labs

Pooja Joshi

Pooja Joshi
Software Test Developer at D2L

Chayene Banta

Chayene Banta
Assoc. Application Engineer at SPS Commerce

Judging Criteria

  • Problem
    To obtain the maximum number of points in this area: The problem is well defined. The problem is well researched.
  • Solution
    To obtain the maximum number of points in this area: The solution is entirely unique and well-presented. It addresses the problem from a new angle or on a bigger scale.
  • Technical Difficulty
    To obtain the maximum number of points in this area: The project is very technically challenging.
  • User Experience
    To obtain the maximum number of points in this area: The project is well-designed. It shows a high level of concern for the user experience. No instructions are needed to navigate the application.
  • Presentation
    To obtain the maximum number of points in this area: The functionality was clearly explained. Team members presented with confidence. Good volume and clarity.

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