RU Hacks is a unique hackathon at Ryerson University, located at the heart of downtown Toronto, which generally takes place over a 36-hour period in the May of its year.

  Only participants who have been accepted and confirmed their spots through the application portal on RU Hacks website are permitted to submit their projects through Devpost. All other project submissions are void.   RU Hacks is a unique Hackathon at Ryerson University, located at the heart of downtown Toronto. Hackers meet new people, learn new skills and have fun while showcasing their talents over the course of 36 hours of creativity and innovation.

Our platform provides companies with the opportunity to showcase their software, hardware, and APIs to hundreds of interested students, while providing these students with a strong learning curve. Students are constantly looking to learn and grow with the ever-changing technology, and we would be interested in having you be a part of their journey.

View full rules

Hackathon Sponsors


$CAD29,780 in prizes

1st Place Winner

Win a Luxury Espresso Machine, $1000 Value, per Winning Team Member

2nd Place Winner - AirPods Pro

Win AirPods Pro, $500 Value, per Winning Team Member

3rd Place Winner - Amazon Echo

Win an Amazon Echo, $125 Value, per Winning Team Member

Top 15 Team (The Wolfram Alpha Award) (15)

The Wolfram Award for everyone on the top fifteen teams via award letter with a maximum of four individuals per team. This award is for a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro.The value of each individual award is $375.00.

Best High School Prize

Win one item of technology worth $60, Per Winning Team Member. All members of your team must be high schoolers to be eligible for this prize.

MLH: Best UiPath Automation Hack

Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath Branded Backpack.

MLH: Best Domain Registered with provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from for their project this weekend!

The winning team will receive Backpacks.

MLH: Best use of Blockstack

Create an app using the Blockstack Platform. Winning team members will receive a pair of Apple BeatsX Earphones.

MLH: Best use of MongoDB Atlas

Create a hack using MongoDB Atlas to host a database in the cloud! Automate the provisioning and deployment process with ease, while focusing all your efforts on your hack. Projects built using MongoDB Atlas will be eligible to win an AirCharge Plus.

MLH: Facebook Spark AR Sticker Challenge

Create an Instagram filter using Facebook's Spark AR. Winner of the category will have their filter published through the MLH Instagram Channel & Featured on Facebook's Spark AR Community Page.

Best Use of Google Cloud (2)

Use any Google Cloud product in your project (Firebase counts!) See full list of products at

First place wins: Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy, Cloud Water Bottle, and Google Nest Mini for each team member

Runner up wins a Nest Mini for each team member (provided by MLH)

Prize shipping only available within North America

Best use of echoAR

Build the best AR/VR application using the echoAR platform! Winners will receive a $50 Amazon git card, 1-month free Business Tier access to echoAR and a feature in echoAR's newsletter sent to investors and the AR/VR echosystem!

Harm Reduction Category Winner

This category prompts participants to explore innovative solutions to the overdose crisis in Canada. Participants will be supported to develop transformative digital interventions in an effort to address different aspects of this urgent and complex social issue. Each winning team member wins a JBL Flip 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker worth $130.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:



  • Only participants who have been accepted and confirmed their spots through the application portal on RU Hacks website are permitted to submit their projects through Devpost. All other project submissions are void. 
  • We follow MLH Contest Rules as well as our own. As such, the contest is open to any individuals, with any single team consisting of one (1) to four (4) individuals. Individuals must be legal residents of Canada, excluding the province of Quebec, and must be either current high-school or university students, as well as at least 14 years of age.
  • As per MLH Contest Rules and conditions, minors (those between the ages of 14-18) will be required to submit parent permission forms. Parents or guardians must either electronically sign the permission form, or print it out, then sign it and email a scanned copy to
  • Cross-submissions of the same projects to different hackathons running simultaniously as RU Hacks are not permitted and will result in immediate disqualification from RU Hacks.
  • All code written must be your own and written before project submissions ends. Project submissions end Sunday(May 17th) at 10:30 am EST.


  • Github link(mandatory)
  • Video demo(mandatory)


Ryan Ing

Ryan Ing
Partner Manager / IBM

Phil Levy
CTO / NuraLogix AI

Koren Grinshpoon
Co-Founder & COO / echoAR

Alon Grinshpoon

Alon Grinshpoon
Co-Founder & CEO / echoAR

Nima Feizi
Co-Founder / ARIS

Yvonne Chung

Yvonne Chung
Product Manager / Centro

Andy Tran

Andy Tran
Product and Operations Manager /

Siddharth Rao
Staff Software Engineer / Twitter

Gordon Gray
Biomedical Engineer / Myant Inc.

Fawziyah Alebiosu

Fawziyah Alebiosu

Hans Melo
CEO/CTO / Menten AI, Inc

Ankur Dahiya
Engineering Manager / Flexport

Evangeline Ng
Product Designer / zGlue

Jonathan Javier
CEO and Founder / Wonsulting

Olasenia Deniji

Olasenia Deniji

Yuri Shewchuk
Software Development Engineer / Amazon

Alannah Fricker



George Carter

Brooklyn Moorison

Google Cloud

Ryan Matsumoto
Google Cloud

Gracie Young

Gracie Young
Google Cloud

Mehdi Dahmani

Mehdi Dahmani
Google Cloud

Aaron Yeats
Google Cloud

Wesley Chun
Google Cloud

Alex Astrum

Alex Astrum
Google Cloud

Shun Lin
Google Cloud

Jennie Brown

Jennie Brown
Google Cloud

Sam Marder

Sam Marder
Google Cloud

Andrea Wu

Andrea Wu
Google Cloud

Paul Ruiz

Paul Ruiz
Google Cloud

Judging Criteria

  • Tech innovation
    The newness of the idea in the tech industry.
  • Practical
    How usable is the product
  • Originality
    How creative and independent the idea is.
  • Design
    How user friendly is the idea/product.


  • Machine Learning/AI
  • Social Good
  • COVID-19