What is Hack Western?

Hack Western is one of Canada’s largest annual student run hackathons and will be taking place at Western University in London, Ontario. Hack Western 4 will welcome more than 500 students from North America on the weekend of November 17th to 19th, 2017.

Participants will collaborate in teams of up to four to build web, mobile, and hardware projects, while participating in workshops, learning from mentors, and competing for prizes. Hack Western provides a welcoming atmosphere for students to create and learn about all kinds of incredible technologies.

Challenge Yourself!

Hack Western 4 is focused on turning ideas into reality. This year, we want to support our hackers in every step of the project creation process from: idea generation, to implementation, to project pitch, and even giving you the resources to turn your project into a start-up business.

With the help of our sponsors and partners, Hack Western 4 will offer workshops, mentorship programs, and opportunities to become an entrepreneur.
We welcome the diversity of thought and we’re confident that everyone has something valuable to contribute. Come discover how technology, code, but most importantly, teamwork can mobilize your great ideas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to a couple questions we are frequently asked!

  • Hackathons seem expensive…how much would it cost to participate?

    Hack Western is completely free! We’ll be providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the whole weekend, along with snacks. Did we also mention that each delegate will be getting an amazing swag bag?

  • How do I get there? Will there be travel reimbursement?

    We will send buses to universities across Ontario, Quebec, and Eastern U.S. We will also provide travel reimbursement on a case by case basis if you plan on driving or flying here.

  • Who can participate?

    Students at all levels from across the world are able to apply for Hack Western! After all the applications are reviewed, you will get an email regarding your application status.

  • How many people can be on a team?

    Teams are made of up to 4 people. Try to create a diverse team by having people from different schools and skill levels!

  • What do I have to bring?

    Your laptop, cables, chargers, and a piece of ID is essential. If you’re making something hardware-related, be sure to bring the needed components. It’s also probably a good idea to bring a sleeping bag, and basic toiletries.

  • I’ve never been to a hackathon…should I even apply?

    Absolutely! Last year for Hack Western 3, 49% of our delegates were first time hackers. Hack Western is a hackathon where individuals from various disciplines, majors, and backgrounds are encouraged to come out and participate.

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