For the first time since 2019, Hack the North was held in person at the University of Waterloo. The student-run hackathon, launched in 2014, began Friday night and continued through to Sunday afternoon. It is one of the biggest events of its kind in the world, drawing more than 1,000 students from numerous countries.
The following is a selection of photos taken over the three days by Anthony Reinhart of Communitech.
Setting the table at the Help Desk
Enjoying a warm Friday evening before the hacking begins
Filing into Engineering 7
Participants mingle with sponsors (below) in Engineering 7
Checking out the sponsor and partner booths
Communitech swag flying off the table
Entering Laurier's Lazaridis Hall for the opening ceremonies
Waiting for the show to begin
Hearing from sponsor ETHGlobal, which was started by Hack the North's founders
Resting up before the presentations – and the hacking – begin
Sponsor swag from RBC!
Waiting for will.i.am to drop in for the keynote
will.i.am, Grammy-winning musician and tech enthusiast, addresses the crowd.
Taking in the keynote from the balcony at Lazaridis Hall
Relaxing with a puzzle back at Engineering 7
Meeting of minds as the hacking is set to begin
Pointing the way to one of the many, many hacking spaces in Engineering 7
Vital information for a weekend-long hackathon
Hackers ascend the stairs as the first night falls.
Fuelling up on Day 2
Hacking in the hardware lab
Hacking and snacking – they just go together
Working it out on the whiteboard
A hive of activity (hacktivity?) on Saturday afternoon
Sponsors at work
Focus time in the quiet spaces
Sleeping in shifts is one way to approach it.
Activities are always at hand during breaks from the hacking.
Workshops were available to help hackers through their challenges.
Follow the arrows!
A bit of advice can go a long, long way.
Serious work or a few laughs – why not both?
Will this idea fly?
Team bonding session at the photo booth
Teams toil into the wee hours of Sunday morning as the finish line nears.
Contemplation – and snacks close at hand.
Maybe this'll work...
Down for a quick recharge
These benches are surprisingly comfy.
Pierogies for the win!
The Navcare team, the first of 12 finalists, fires up the crowd as the closing ceremony kicks off.
Britafull, a finalist team, developed a system to remind your roommate to refill the water jug.
The crowd was riveted.
The finalists take the stage at Lazaridis Hall.
Hack the North Co-Directors Jessica Zhang (left) and Oana Binder wrap things up.
Filing out of Lazaridis Hall to head back to E7
Saying goodbye after an intense few days
Heading to the exit, past the stacks of chairs
Catching a team photo to look back on
And one in front of the big sign
Don't miss your bus!!
Tearing down the sponsor bay
Empty slippers and a full whiteboard
Gone, just like that
Let's see...do I have everything?
All that's left is to take down the tent.
Another successful Hack the North, put to bed. See you next year!