500 innovative and creative developers, designers, and creators for 36 hours of hacking.

Hack the Valley from UTSC is back in-person, happening from October 14th to October 16th, 2022. This 36 hour hackathon includes workshops, awesome activities and lots of fun swag giveaways.

Build an innovate project that will wow the judges and choose any number of prize categories to be selected for. We have over $3k of prizes to give away!

For prize category descriptions and the event schedule, please check your hacker package sent to your email.

We look forward to seeing what you build!



Build a project you're passionate about or solve a current issue, every team will be considered for the Top 3 Category. If you'd like to submit for any other prize category, please indicate in your submission.

Prize category descriptions are listed in your hacker package or below under Prizes.



  • Write Up: Explain why you built your project, your tech stack and a summary of what your product does.
  • Code: Provide a link to your Github project code in your submission. Your project will not be judged if you do not submit this.



  • Pitch + Presentation: It's time to showcase your product! You will have 5 minutes to pitch your product to the judges, show them the best parts of it!

  • Q&A: The judges will get 2 minutes to ask you both technical and non-technical questions about your product.

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,351 in prizes

1st Place - Nintendo Switch

2nd Place - Apple Watch

3rd Place - Beats Studio Buds

Best Discovery Hack

Amazon Echo Dot + Razer Gaming Keyboard

Best Health Hack

Fitbit Inspire 2 + Amazon Echo Dot

Best Nature Hack

Lenovo Legion Backpack + Airpods 2nd Gen

Best Diversity Hack

Holy Stone Drone

Best Beginner Hack

Fire 10 Tablet

Best App

Fire 10 Tablet

Accedo Best Streaming App Challenge

Full-year subscription of any streaming service for each member

(MLH) Coil: Best Web Monetization Project

Portable Charger, Coil Pin & $60 Coil Credit Coil is all about providing better ways to access and reward the creators, publishers and platforms that you love. Coil members get to view web monetized sites while streaming micropayments directly to the website owner, or in this case, you! In turn, you can react to payments in real time by displaying a thank you message, unlocking bonus content, features and so much more! Build a web monetized hack using Coil for a chance to win an Anker Quick Charge Portable Charger, Coil pin and $60 Coil credit redemption card!

(MLH) 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 a blockchain like Avalanche costs $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, build a hack that uses the DeSo API. While social media apps are a great fit for DeSo, you can also build financial apps, marketplaces, and more on the DeSo blockchain. To get started, sign up for a DiamondApp account, make a post tagging @deso with both your event hashtag & #MLH. The DeSo team will then send you even more $DESO coin to build your hackathon project!
On top of that, the team with the Best Use of DeSo gets $100 worth of $DESO coin & an exclusive DeSo branded tumbler!

(MLH) Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

(MLH) 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!

(MLH) Best Use of Microsoft Cloud for Social Impact

Bring your idea to life using the Microsoft Cloud - automatically build and deploy a full stack web app from a code repository, create and train a Machine Learning model, develop business applications with little to no code using Power Platform, and more! View our recommended popular solutions in the Education Hub at https://aka.ms/startedu. Build your hackathon project with the Microsoft Cloud that tackles a social impact issue of your choice, and have a chance to win a LinkedIn Premium 12-Month subscription and an XBox Ultimate 3-Month Game Pass subscription.

(Cradle) Best Gaming Related Hack

Airpods Pro 2nd Gen

CanPR Challenge

Build a feature set to allow immigrants to streamline their process in order to come to a new country.

Build an onboarding system for user management and referral system.

Create a real-time language translation tool.

Prize: $250

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Jonathan Moscardini

Jonathan Moscardini

Andy Quach

Andy Quach

Hudson Southey-Gordon

Hudson Southey-Gordon

Ryan Dotsikas

Ryan Dotsikas

Victor Najar

Victor Najar

Alexander Sivtsov

Alexander Sivtsov

Addy Bhatia

Addy Bhatia

Grant Bradshaw

Grant Bradshaw

Judging Criteria

  • Technicality and Quality
    The level of technical skill demonstrated, quality code, working prototype.
  • Design
    Attention to aesthetics, interaction and user interface.
  • Solves a Current Issue
    Meets a customer need, potential to be a business.
  • Presentation
    Clarity of written and oral presentation.
  • Inspiration
    How excited we are for this project, is it unique and creative?

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