Hack the North

Where will your journey take you?

September 17-19, 2021 • Virtual-first event
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Where will your journey take you?

Join a global community

Connect and collaborate with 3,000+ students from across the globe.

Get inspired

Chat with industry leaders, sponsors, and mentors and open your mind to endless possibilities.

Expand your skill set

Join a variety of workshops, tech talks, and career sessions to learn something new.

Make memories

Take a break and enjoy all the fun activities we’ve prepared for you!

My #HackTheNorth Story

For 7 years, Hack the North has been crafting new connections and unforgettable experiences for our hackers. Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced hacker, Hack the North has empowered students of all levels to take their ideas to the next step by fostering a community of learning, mentorship, and fun.


Dream big and build bigger

Here are some incredible projects that have come to life in just 36 hours at Hack the North.

Keynote Speakers

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Garry Tan

Initialized Capital

Garry is a designer, engineer, and founder turned early stage investor, co-founding Initialized Capital in 2013. The firm has invested at the earliest stages of companies like Coinbase, Flexport, Instacart, Rippling, and Cruise. Prior to Initialized, Garry spent nearly 5 years as a partner at Y Combinator, advising and funding more than 1,000 companies and founders. He was co-founder of YC-backed blog platform Posterous (acquired by Twitter in 2012) and previously worked at Palantir as a founding member of the engineering team. He also designed Palantir’s logo. Garry holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford University.

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Suhail Doshi


Suhail is a computer programmer and product builder. In 2009, he started Mixpanel, a product analytics software company that helped app developers understand how their users were using their mobile and web apps. Mixpanel grew to nearly $100M in revenue and 30K customers. In 2018, he started Mighty which is a faster browser that is entirely streamed from a powerful computer in the cloud.

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Qasar Younis
Chief Executive Officer, Applied Intuition
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Jen Dewalt
Founder, Zube
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Deon Nicholas
Founder & CEO, Forethought AI
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Danielle Strachman
Partner, 1517 Fund
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Nima Vaziri
Senior Software Engineer, Machine Learning at Farfetch
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Sunil Sharma
Managing Director, Techstars Toronto
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Henry Shi
Co-founder and CTO, SnapCommerce
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Michael Gibson
Partner, 1517 Fund
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Rohan Sampath
Co-founder & CEO, Copilot
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Jimmy Chan
Co-founder & CEO, Dropbase
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Ayazhan Zhakhan
Co-founder & CTO, Dropbase
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Nabil Fahel
Head of Talent Growth, Terminal
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Evan Stites-Clayton
CEO, Black Lotus Inc.
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Jake Cooper
Founder, Railway.app
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Jordan Jocius
Co-founder, Art Block
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Anthony Zhang
CTO, Hypotenuse Labs
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Tariq Haddadin
Program Director, Techstars Toronto
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Kevin Hofstee
Director of Product, Nike
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Mahyar Raissi
Co-founder & CEO, OpenPhone
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Carol Chen
Member of Technical Staff, Cohere
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Amir Valiani
Engineering Lead, Bicycle Health
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Ruchir Swarup
CTO, Addepar
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Ajay Malhotra
Managing Partner, Canada Startup Company
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Andy Zhou
Co-founder & CTO, Copilot
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Mustafa Nabelsi
Startup Advisor, Communitech
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Kartik Thakore
Founder, HOT-G
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Carlos Treviño
Co-founder & CEO, Fractional
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Arjang Parsa
VP of Products, ApplyBoard
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Matthieu Di Mercurio
Director, Data Science, Dialogue
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Syam Anupom
Founder & CEO, TimeTackle
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Kate Grandprey-Shores
Player Dynamics Designer, Riot Games
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Tim Romanski
Software Engineer, AirMatrix
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Harshyt Goel
Founding Engineer, Loom
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Corbin McElhanney
Software Engineer, QuEra Computing
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Katherine Lu
Product Manager, Microsoft
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Kaitlyn Yong
Product Lead, Credit Karma
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Kartik Talwar
General Partner, A.Capital
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Kevin Lau
Senior Product Manager, Instacart
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Jacob Willemsma
Founding Engineer, Lunchclub
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Nima Vaziri
Researcher, Polychain Capital
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Vishal Mathur
Product Manager, Microsoft
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Victor Vucicevich
Product Manager, Taplytics
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Sean Young
Senior Product Manager, BrainStation
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Gautam Gupta
Co-founder, Highbeam
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Our partner for over 7 years, Waterloo Engineering continues to support Hack the North to build a creative, diverse, and unique experience for hackers. The University of Waterloo is home to Canada's largest engineering school — a pipeline for engineering talent for the world's leading companies.

Ranked among the top 50 engineering schools in the world, the school's reputation for excellence is build on the foundation of co-op education and a bold history of innovation.

Sponsor a Special Weekend

Each year, our sponsors help us unite 3,000+ emerging developers, designers, and builders. Our sponsors provide mentorship, cool technologies, and networking opportunities to support our hackers from around the world. Hackers make lasting connections with our sponsors that extend past just our hackathon weekend. Stay tuned as we confirm more sponsors for the event.

Interested in sponsoring? Email us at


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Our sponsors

HootsuiteLoblaw Digital
Cockroach LabsRBCLunchclubCANSOFCOMCiscoFacebookDeloitte
CitadelIMC TradingLoyalty OneUbisoftValidereOTPPWaterfrontDRWFaireGoogleFirebaseACVGenesysD2LCash Flow PortalHOT-GIBMCodaAlgorandFigmaP&GMicrosoftCGICashApp
ContraryDropbaseNEXTProfound ImpactHypotenuse LabsVoiceflowTuned
Stay tuned for more!
Our partners
TechyonWaterloo EngineeringWaterloo MathUniversity of WaterlooCommunitech