What is MasseyHacks?

MasseyHacks is a high school hackathon where 250+ students of all skill levels — from those who haven't written "Hello World!" to seasoned hackers with SSH enabled power strips — come together to learn and create something amazing for 24 hours straight. Here you'll find free-to-use hardware, experienced mentors, activities like cupstacking and hackenger hunts, and lots of workshops! MasseyHacks is a place to immerse yourself in the massive world of computer science and engineering, create anything you want and let your imagination run free.

"The amount of free swag + the enthusiasm of the organizers was great!
Honestly, the entire weekend felt extremely well-organized and made for a great first hackathon."

MasseyHacks IV Hacker


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where students of all backgrounds and disciplines come together to immerse themselves in computer science-infused activities, such as attending tech workshops or building projects and hacks of their own. Creativity and innovation are intrinsic to the hackathon experience. Check out last year's projects to get an idea of what a hackathon's like.

Do I need to know how to program?

Not at all — in fact, we encourage newcomers to come and participate in MasseyHacks. We’ll teach you the fundamentals of programming, tech essentials and lots more!

How will the teams work?

You can go solo and create something by youself, but we encourage you to form a team beforehand — everything's better with friends. Teams can have up to 4 members. Don't worry if you don't have a team at the event, as we will have a team formation event for hackers to find potential team members.

What should I bring?

Paperwork such as your waiver and ID are necessary for entry. Bring your own laptop and charger; power strips, sleeping bags and toiletries are recommended. As for other necessities like food, freedom and fun, rest assured that we’ve got you covered.

How will I know if I got accepted?

Once you've submitted your application, keep an eye on your application dashboard and your email for further updates. More info will be released closer to the time of the event.

Who can participate?

Any high school student can participate. If you've graduated from high school, you can apply to be a mentor.

I know a company that wants to sponsor, what should I tell them?

Tell them thanks, firstly. Then ask them to email us at sponsorship@masseyhacks.ca to get started! We greatly appreciate support of any kind!

How will I get to MasseyHacks V?

For students in Toronto and Waterloo, we'll be sending a bus your way if funding permits. If you're within a reasonable distance of the event, you're responsible for securing your own transportation. No other reimbursements are available at this time. Additional information will be provided closer to the time of the event.

Do I have to stay for the entire event?

We suggest that you stay for the entire event, but if you can't stay the night, you can leave during the night and come back. If are under 18, you can get a parent to pick you up before midnight and drop you back at the event after 5 am. If you are 18, you do not need a parent.

How much does it cost?

MasseyHacks charges nothing for entry — the event is free for all attendees!

Code of Conduct?

Yes, of course! All hackers must abide to the MLH Code of Conduct found here.

Still have questions?

Send us an email at hello@masseyhacks.ca and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!

"Thank you to everyone who made this event possible! It was my first hackathon and was a really great experience!"

MasseyHacks IV Hacker


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"It was really fun! I enjoyed hacking with my friends and grinding on python all night."

MasseyHacks IV Hacker


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Check out our prospectus and contact us at sponsorship@masseyhacks.ca!