yuHacks is an online hackathon organized by Google Developer Student Club @ York University. Our goal is to provide students the opportunity to showoff their skills and knowledge in programming in a real life setting, and to have fun! 

Please note, while this hackathon is open to anyone around the world, the prizes will only be given to residents in North America due to shipping costs.


The theme of our hackathon is "Social Empowerment". Your team's project can be related to anything that improves the lives of every day people, so you can be as imaginative as you want to be! 

Hackathon Sponsors


$CAD4,160 in prizes

1st Place - Nintendo Switch Lite!

Each member of the 1st place team will receive a Nintendo Switch Lite! (4 members max.)

2nd Place - Beats Studio Buds

Each member of the 2nd place team will receive a Beats Studio Buds! (4 members max.)

3rd Place - Fitbit Inspire 2

Each member of the 3rd place team will receive a Fitbit Inspire 2! (4 members max.)

New Hacker Prize - $100 Amazon Gift Card

Each member of the team that wins the New Hacker Prize will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card!(4 members max.)

This prize is OPT-IN. Your team must consist only of 1st year university students.

Note: You cannot win both a top 3 prize and the New Hacker Prize.

Non-Technical Prize

Did you have a good idea but couldn't make the coding happen? That's ok! Teams winning this place must make a 5 to 10 minute presentation video, and will be awarded $25 Amazon Gift Card. You must opt-in for this prize, and cannot win other prizes if you do.

The Wolfram Award - 1 year Subscription to Wolfram | Alpha Pro (4)

This prize will automatically be awarded to the top 3 teams + New Hacker Prize team. The prize is a 1 year subscription to Wolfram Alpha Pro.

Best Use of DeSo

DeSo is the official Web3 sponsor of the MLH Hackathon League and the first Layer 1 blockchain custom-built for decentralized social media applications. While blockchains like Avalanche or Solana cost $0.50+ to store just a 200-character post, the DeSo blockchain is built with custom indexing and storage optimizations which make it 10,000X cheaper to store social content on-chain! In order to qualify for the contest, you must launch an app that writes to the DeSo blockchain and implements DeSo identity. While social media apps are a great fit for DeSo, you can also build financial apps, marketplaces, and more on the DeSo blockchain. For inspiration on project ideas, you can check out some of the existing 200+ apps already live on DeSo at Bithunt.com as well as our DeSo APIs. The Best Use of DeSo gets $100 worth of $DESO coin & an exclusive DeSo branded tumbler!

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi wireless phone charger.

Best Use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded backpack.

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with embedded Arduino Uno compatible board. Each winning team member will receive a prize!

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates!

Dream Big and Create More Cheers with AB InBev

Anker Wireless Charger Bundle
AB InBev is all about bringing people together and creating more cheers for a better world! Using whatever tools, hardware and/or software at your disposal, build a hack that leads us into a brighter future for a chance to win some amazing prizes for you and your team.
Remember, AB inBev is looking for innovative projects that can possibly change the world in a positive way! We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Allen Kaplan

Allen Kaplan
Founder @ Radar, Intern @ Coinbase

Ekram Bhuiyan
Machine Learning Software Engineer @ Qualcomm

Saman Khan

Saman Khan
Technical Solutions Developer @ Google

Chris Baudouin Jr.

Chris Baudouin Jr.

Daniel Fiorillo
Google Developer Student Club

Judging Criteria

  • Technology (10 points)
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components?
  • Design (10 points)
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface?
  • Completion (10 points)
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning (10 points)
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?
  • Presentation (5 points)
    All teams must create a 5 minute video showcasing their project, and include a link to the video on their submission.

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