Join us for 36 hours of coding, workshops, networking sessions, and more! Win up to $ 25,000 CAD in monetary and software prizes!

SPARK From Home is a 36-hour virtual hackathon hosted by SPARK, a youth led non-profit organization focused on egnaging middle and high school students in STEAM education. SPARK From Home will take place from August 8-10 and expose students to workshops, seminars, networking opportunities, and $25k+ worth of prizes as well. The event will also support several key global issues right now including the #BlackLivesMatter Movement, the Yemen Crisis, COVID Crisis, and Youth Mental Health.

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Prizes

Middle School Division: Best Overall

The overall winners for the Middle School Division will receive 4 Wolfram licenses, $500 in Digital Ocean credits and 4 Google Next Minis (2nd Generation)!

High School Division: Best Overall

The overall winners for the High School Division will receive 4 Google Nest Minis (2nd Generation), 4 Wolfram licenses, $500 in Digital Ocean credits, and 4 free ENIGMA admissions thanks to Our Wave Hub!

Middle School Division: Best Hack

The winning team will receive 4 Wolfram licenses, $250 in Digital Ocean credits, $500 in Bugsee credits, and 4 Amazon Echo Dots (3rd Generation) in Charcoal!

High School Division: Best Hack

The winning team will receive 4 Amazon Echo Dots (3rd Generation), 4 Wolfram licenses, $250 in Digital Ocean credits, $500 in Bugsee credits, and 4 free ENIGMA admissions thanks to Our Wave Hub!

Middle School Division: Best Pitch

The winning team will receive 4 Wolfram licenses, $250 in Digital Ocean credits, and 4 Bluetooth Speakers!

High School Division: Best Pitch

The winning team will receive 4 Bluetooth Speakers, 4 Wolfram licenses, $250 in Digital Ocean credits, and 4 free ENIGMA admissions thanks to Our Wave Hub!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

This event is open to all middle school, high school, and incoming first-year undergraduate students in Ontario, Canada. 

Requirements

Upload your pitch video along with your hack on Devpost. 

Judges

Daniel Bishun

Daniel Bishun
Business Advisor, City of Brampton

Astawa Alam

Astawa Alam
Innovation & Technology Coordinator, City of Brampton

Prieeyya Kaur Kesh

Prieeyya Kaur Kesh
CEO, Our Wave Hub

Erin Walker

Erin Walker
Certified Raspberry Pi Educator and Makerspace & Digital Literacy Librarian, Brampton Library

Brittney Smith

Brittney Smith
Librarian, Brampton Library

Denys Linkov

Denys Linkov
Software Developer, Royal of Canada (RBC)

Rishav Banerji

Rishav Banerji
Co-Founder, SPARK

Judging Criteria

  • Hack - Problem Identification and Explanation
    Did they properly identify a problem, explain the importance of the problem, and research the problem? What was the quality level of their research? Was it enough research to base their design off of? Is there anything missing from their research?
  • Hack - Solution
    Was the solution a feasible one? Did they properly explain how the solution would fix the problem? Is it a partial solution to the problem or a complete solution? Did they look at other possible solutions? What was the complexity of their solution?
  • Hack - Technology Application
    Did they use a form of technology to deliver their idea (code, website, social media promotion)? Were the uses of technology efficient and effective? Was it relevant? How impressive was it?
  • Pitch - Business Aspect
    Did they look at their competitors? What is their value proposition? How will they distribute their product or service to customers? What will their cost and profit look like? What are the key resources and partners they they are looking into?
  • Pitch - Overall Video
    Were the participants confident? How formal was the presentation? Did every team member speak? Was the team prepared? Was the team charismatic?

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