Recess Hacks 2.0 was started by a group of 13 high school students who wanted to inspire creativity and ideation amongst fellow peers. We are devoted to encouraging teens across Canada to bring their ideas to life and actively innovate new ideas that solve real-world issues.

We understand how stressful it is competing against people significantly older and more experienced, and we wanted to alleviate some of that stress by creating a "secondary school" only hackathon. We also aim to strengthen networking amongst like-minded high school students and encourage students to communicate with peers and form teams with people they've never met before.

Most importantly, Recess Hacks 2.0 wants to host a fun learning experience for both newcomers to the hackathon scene, and veterans of the hackathon scene. This event's main focus is to encourage YOU to participate in more hackathons and innovate in your community.

This year, high school students all across Canada are eligible.


Here's a summary of our submission requirements. To see the full rules, head over here.

  • All projects must be functional. It certainly doesn't have to bug-free, but it has to be something more than a prototype made in a UI design app.
  • A video must be submitted demonstrating the functionality and the purpose of the project. Videos must not exceed 5 minutes.

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Wendy Powley

Wendy Powley
Associate Professor at Queen's University

Sumana Basu

Sumana Basu
GSOC mentee at Open Food Facts and Technical Program Associate at MLH

Judging Criteria

  • Functionality
    You will be judged on the functionality of your project: Does the project work properly? Does the project fulfill its purpose?
  • Design
    You will be judged on the design of your project: Is the project aesthetically pleasing? Is the project adaptive (for sites and apps)?
  • Concept
    You will be judged on the concept of your project: Is the idea original? Does it solve a real-world problem?
  • Presentation
    You will be judged on the presentation of your project: Were all the functions of the application demonstrated clearly? Is there anything confusing about the project not mentioned in the presentation?

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