What is Urban Hacks?

Urban Hacks is a hackathon bringing together over 150 students from across the GTA to use Hamilton open source city data to prototype and design solutions to major urban challenges.


    • What is a Hackathon?

      A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon”. Anyone who has an interest in technology attends a hackathon to learn, build & share their creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

      How much does it cost?

      Nothing :). We will provide you with a weekend worth of swag, meals, snacks and drinks, free of charge.

      What if I do not know how to code?

      Not a problem! It’s entirely irrelevant what your experience is going into a hackathon, it’s more about your interest in technology. If you’re wanting to learn how to code outside of a hackathon, try places such as Codeacademy, Sololearn or Scotch.io tutorials.​ ​

    • How big can teams be?

      Teams can have up to 4 people. You can solo if you desire to, but we have found that hackathons are more fun in a team.

      Is transportation covered?

      Unfortunately this year, we are unable to provide busses or travel reimbursement for our hackers. However, we encourage all our attendees to use public transportation!

      Who can attend

      Any High School and University student is eligible to attend.

      Where do I register?

      Registration is open! Look for the "Register Now" button at the top of the page

    • Do you have a code of conduct?

      Yes, since we are an MLH member event we will be following the MLH Code of Coduct here

      What should I bring?

      You’ll need: A laptop and charger. Everything else is optional. However, we encourage you to bring a sleeping bag, pillows, toiletries, and a couple of changes of clothes. You won’t need: An idea, or a team. You can create your own team during the hackathon, and generate some amazing creations along the way. You also don’t need to worry about food, we’ve got you covered. Please do not bring: Firearms or other weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, animals (no matter how adorable).


      You can register on Eventbrite by clicking the button below

      Register Now


        Interested in helping make Urban Hacks a reality?

        Working with us as a sponsor provides you with the wonderful oppurtunity to connect with the next generation of programmers, designers, entrepreneurs and engineers. There are multiple levels of sponsorship availible, the details of which can be found in our package.

        Send us an email at sponsorship@hackthehammer.com to get involved!