The Queen's School of Computing Programming Challenge will be full of coding, learning, prizes, and even a little competition! It is open to high school students in Canada who are passionate about tech and want to learn more, all while having a fun time. 

The pitch competition will take place on the 5th and 8th of August. Be ready to present your ideas and show your talents to a panel of judges. Lots of prizes are waiting for you!

Share your ideas with all the attendees on the 14th of August from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (EDT). Feel free to improve your initial work to be eligible for the showcase's most improved prize.


For this event, we want you to come with something that falls under any of the five following themes:

  • Entertainment and Social Life: Let’s have some fun! These projects aim to entertain, such as a game, a way to improve IRL social activities, or social networking.
  • For the Students: Devise a project that is especially useful to high school and/or university students. This generation is super hooked on technology, so they’re a perfect audience!
  • Health: Projects that aid in improving the mental or physical health of its user, or aim to help the healthcare industry.
  • Smart Cities: Help make your city a better place by coming up with a project that innovates in housing, transportation, education, infrastructure, public safety, etc. Anything that you think provides a solution to help cities grow and/or deal with population demands can fit in the Smart Cities category!
  • Tech for Change: Come up with a project that creates positive social impact by devising innovative solutions to help whatever cause(s) you are passionate about

If you are unsure if your idea falls under a category, feel free to ask in the "Discussions" tab!

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$1,200 in prizes

Pitch Competition Grand Prize

The winning team is chosen based on the judging criteria. Each team member will be awarded a gift card (of your choice) of $200.

Pitch Competition Second Place Prize

The winning team is chosen based on the judging criteria. Each team member will be awarded a gift card (of your choice) of $100.

Showcase Most Improved Prize

The winning team is chosen based on presented improvements. Each team member will be awarded a gift card (of your choice) of $100.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Robin Dawes

Robin Dawes

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Judging Criteria

  • Level of Innovation
    Did the team target an existing problem? Is the proposal new and unique? Is it a real solution to a problem? Is the proposal consistent and significant to the problem?
  • Business Value
    Does the issue affect a specific market? Is the proposal needed for a specific market? Is there a potential to grow the idea into something profitable?
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
    Have all the members of the team worked together in the success of the project?
  • Learning
    Did the team expand themselves? Did they try to learn something extra? Which technologies/APIs/products/methods did they use that they didn't know before? As they are learning and having fun, that is a good hack!
  • Presentation
    How organized and structured is the presentation. How prepared are the presenters?
  • Implementation
    Does the team have a working prototype? How complete is the implementation?

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