Join us at MakeUofT to transform your ideas into reality! This year, the themes for MakeUofT are: wearables, transport & travel, and useless inventions! Your team will have 24h to design and build a project from scratch that integrates hardware and software!

To help facilitate your learning experience, we will host online workshops throughout the event featuring speakers from some of the top companies in the industry. We can't wait to see your creations!

Please visit our website for more information about the event, hardware reimbursements, and how to apply! Only applicants that receive an acceptance email will be able to participate. 


All work on a project should be done at the hackathon and solely for MakeUofT. We will verify it by your git repository.

The following ideas pertain to the requirements of the teams

  1. Teams can use an idea (but can not use materials/code from previous hackathons) they had before the event. Teams can work on an idea that they have worked on before (as long as they do not re-use code).
  2. Teams can use libraries, frameworks, or open-source code in their projects. Working on a project before the event and open-sourcing it for the sole purpose of using the code during the event is against the spirit of the rules and is not allowed.

Devpost Requirements:

In order to submit your project, you must submit the following items through Devpost:

  1. Project Name
  2. Team Member Names
  3. A short description of your design 

4. A video submission following these requirements.

It is always good to link it to your Devpost project in case other groups want to check it out. Please ensure that you select all of the prize categories that you wish to be considered for!

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$CAD7,500 in prizes

1st Place Overall

$2500 cash prize to be split among team members of the first-place team.

2nd Place Overall

$1500 cash prize to be split among team members of the second-place team.

3rd Place Overall

$750 cash prize to be split among team members of third-place team.


Projects that involve technology that can be added onto a user's body as accessories, clothing, etc with the goal to provide practical uses while being hands-free.

Transport and Travel

Projects that can solve a problem related to transportation or mobility. Examples include commuting issues, traffic situations, etc.

Useless Inventions

You can build and create anything that showcases your creativity as long as the project displays some aspect of uselessness.

Best Unconnected Hack

As much as we love connectivity and staying connected, we recognize the value of power autonomy. Show us your best hack that doesn’t use any form of wireless connection!

Smartest “Unsmart” Hack

This prize is awarded to the team that presents the smartest hack that doesn't involve machine learning or any advanced learning frameworks to achieve its purpose.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


IEEE University of Toronto

IEEE University of Toronto

Judging Criteria

  • Idea Originality
    Idea is original and described with great detail. Idea is useful in that it solves a problem, provides a service, or enables a significant function. This is also used to evaluate how well thought through the original idea is.
  • Hardware Technical Complexity
    Multiple peripherals are used to provide the necessary functionality required. Interfacing circuits are created with no problems.
  • Working Demo
    Demonstration works flawlessly, is repeatable, and impressive. Demonstration is clear and presents the underlying design principles.
  • Technical Integration
    System is well-designed and all components with their respective interfaces are working and well-designed. No bugs are present and there is some handling of non-ideal components.
  • Presentation
    Presentation is convincing and summarizes learnings, troubles, and deep understanding of technology used. Presentation is well rehearsed, demonstrates contributions by individual members, and reflect how the team was able to work effectively together.

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