HackTogether: Alberta Virtual 2020 Hackathon


IEEE WIE of the southern Alberta section together with the Department of Mathematics and Computing of Mount Royal University will host HackTogether: Alberta Virtual 2020 Hackathon. This virtual event hopes to bring
together post-secondary students who are passionate about science and technology to develop meaningful insights
pertaining to one of the two themes of the event: (1) the COVID-19 pandemic related challenges, (2) issues surrounding
diversity in STEM fields.


Who Can Participate?

This Hackathon is geared towards Alberta post-secondary students pursuing an education in STEM fields in college, undergraduate, and also graduate programs at masters level. The goal is to give students a chance to work on real-world problems while practicing teamwork and collaboration. Participants will work together as a group in teams of 2-6 members.



  • Team registration deadline: Nov. 15, 2020
  • Kickoff meeting: Dec. 1, 2020
  • Implementation: Dec. 1, 2020 - Feb. 17, 2021
  • Submission deadline: Feb. 17, 2021
  • Announcement of the finalists: Feb. 20, 2021
  • Presentations of finalists: Feb. 27, 2021
  • Announcement of winners: Mar. 1, 2021
  • Final ceremony: Mar. 8, 2021


Form a team and submit your team and project description on our registration page before the deadline and be sure to answer all of the questions on the submission form. A group can be registered by one of the group members. Submissions are editable until the submission deadline.  



Submit your project by sending an email to hacktogetheralberta@gmail.com and make sure to include the following in your submission email:


  • Technical solutions - GitHub or other code repository link. Please ensure that this link is publicly shareable so judges can access your project.
  • Concept Ideas - A report including the description and details of the concept idea. Template format of the final submission document will be sent to the participants after the registration period.
  • All submissions - Video (max: 2 minutes)
    • Upload a video and walk-through your solution via YouTube, and include the link in your submission email.
    • By submitting a video, you are acknowledging that these materials may be used to promote the hackathon, without extra obligation to you.


Finalists will be invited to do a 10-minute online presentation before the winners are selected.



Submissions will be evaluated by a team of judges from different STEM backgrounds. Solutions will be judged based on the following criteria and weighted accordingly:

  • 20% – User experience of the technical solution, quality of the report for concept ideas
  • 20% – Innovation & creativity
  • 20% – Impact & potential
  • 20% – Quality of the implementation and/or research.
  • 20% - Final presentation

Winners will be announced after the final presentations.


There will be monetary prizes for the selected submissions of both categories:

  • The best technical solution: $ 500 CAD
  • The best concept idea: $ 500 CAD
  • Runner up for technical solutions: $ 250 CAD
  • Runner up for concept ideas: $ 250 CAD

All finalists invited to present their submission will receive honorable mention certificates and winners will be recognized via social media.


  Date and Time




All meetings and workshops related to this event will be held virtually. 

  • Canada

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