The University of Windsor is launching the 3rd annual WinHacks, one of #YQG’s most successful tech events! Building upon the milestones of last year’s inaugural event, WinHacks 2022 will bring together students from all accross Southwestern Ontario and the world.

WinHacks 2020 was Windsor’s first major virtual hackathon and helped to set the standard for what virtual hackathons can be. This year, we're aiming to once again contribute to unlocking the potential of our future programmers, hackers, and designers so that we can all make a difference.

WinHacks 2022 will be hosted on our public discord server - join up to get in on the action:

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$CAD9,000 in prizes

People's Choice (2)

Vote for your favourite project here on Discord! The first-place team will receive $1000 CAD and second place will get $500.

Most Launchable

The St. Clair College Genesis Entrepreneurship & Innovation Centre will be offering a $1,000 cash prize to the “Most Launchable Hack” that could most easily go right to start-up. []

Best Unfinished Hack (2)

Don't forget to submit! We'll be giving away a prize to the BEST unfinished hack. All you need to do to be eligible for this prize is submit your work before the deadline. The first-place team will receive $400 CAD and second place will receive $200 CAD.

Most Social Impact

If your hack is designed to benefit society in some way, then you may want to submit your project under Most Societal Impact! The first place winning team could win $1000 CAD.

Optimizing Vehicle Charging Stations

Invest Windsor Essex (IWE) will be offering a $1,500 cash prize to the hack that best optimizes vehicle charging stations. Show off your automation and creativity for a chance to win!

Project Board Re-Vamp

WE-SPARK Health Institute is looking to modernize it's project board! The winning team will win $1500 cash prize for this challenge, and a chance to continue working on this project as a student internship!

Best UI//UX Design

If your hack has an impressive interface, consider submitting for Best UI/UX for a chance to win some swag!

Best Domain Registered with

Register a .tech domain name using 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: 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 Use of MATLAB

MATLAB and Simulink are computation tools used at more than 5,000 institutions worldwide. Use their software in your next hack to win some exclusive MathWorks swag including a MathWorks branded cinch bag, pair of socks, baseball cap, stylus pen & deck of cards! You can also claim a free MATLAB software license to get started.

Most Creative Use of GitHub

GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Best Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment!

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/or 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 as well as our DeSo APIs. The Best Use of DeSo gets $100 worth of $DESO coin & an exclusive DeSo branded tumbler!

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!

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!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Justin Bornais
Head Judge - WinHacks

Judging Criteria

  • Meets Challenge Requirements
    Did this project meet the requirements listed in the challenge description?
  • Originality
    Is the project new or unique? Have you not seen this idea elsewhere?
  • Design
    Is the project easy to use? Does it look nice? Clean projects show the team's commitment.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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