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National Hackathon

Changemaker? Disrupter? Join our National Hackathon

Students in all disciplines can apply

From March 3 – 9, 150 students from across Canada will be part of teams developing innovative, wellness-focused solutions to enrich the lives of post-secondary students.

This inaugural event will be conducted virtually.

Students who complete the event will receive a $325 honourarium. Eligible students:

  • Are registered in a postsecondary education institution
  • Are Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • Have not participated in any other Experience Ventures opportunities

Experience Ventures National Hackathon

How Will You Benefit?

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Learn how to approach problems from a design thinking perspective while building Entrepreneurial Thinking skills

Work alongside real-world innovators who will be coaches and judges

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Make an impact – help design the future of wellness on campus

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Build valuable networks, and more!

Hackathon Schedule

Application deadline

February 21

Virtual hackathon kickoff, ideation development, and pitches

March 3 - 9

Finalists announced

March 9 - 17

Experience Ventures Live Pitch

March 29

Student Compensation and Prizes

All *eligible students will be granted $325 for participating!

In addition, $5,000 in cash prizes will be divided between the top three winning teams.

Focus on Wellness

Wellness is the theme for the inaugural year.

  • What do we mean by “wellness”? For the purposes of the national hackathon, we are using the definition of wellness from the World Health Organization (WHO): “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
  • The concept of wellness is complex, multifaceted, and nuanced. However, to account for the limits of time and resources presented by the structure of this hackathon, the definition and aspects of wellness will guide students as they explore this theme.
  • In the hackathon, students will be asked to consider all the individual dimensions of wellness, including mental health, physical health, and nutrition, but teams can choose to tackle either one dimension of wellness or multiple dimensions.

About Experience Ventures

Experience Ventures, powered by the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking at the University of Calgary, enables college and university students to make an impact alongside real-world innovators through entrepreneurial thinking placements. Pride yourself on being an innovator? A changemaker? A leader of the future? Visit for more information.

Our Sponsors

Government of Canada

Experience Ventures

University of Calgary, Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking