ThinkingNorth Smart Cities Hackathon

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ThinkingNorth Smart Cities Hackathon

Hackathon (n.): Innovation contest where participants compete to create the best solution to a given problem.

By Seneca College

When and where

Date and time

Fri, May 5, 2023 8:00 AM - Sat, May 6, 2023 10:30 PM EDT


Seneca College Newnham Campus 1750 Finch Avenue East Toronto, ON M2J 2X5 Canada

About this event

  • 1 day 14 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

What is Smart Cities Hackathon?

Smart Cities Hackathon is a student-focussed innovation competition that provides a unique experiential learning experience.​ It encourages and develops creative thinking, entrepreneurship, and problem-solving skills by bringing together students from diverse backgrounds to work together on addressing real-world challenges. ​ The teams receive support from subject-specific mentors and technical specialists, and then showcase their solutions in a fun and lively environment to be adjudicated by a panel of experts consisting of investors, partners, school representatives, and domain specialists. ​

The winning teams will have the opportunity to receive prizes and be considered for applied research project investment opportunities.​

Thinking North Investor Network is the title sponsor of this hackathon. This is the fourth annual Seneca-sponsored hackathon. and the first since the pandemic to offer an in-person finale.

Who can participate?

You can register as either a team or solo participant (You can team-up with other solo contestants later). To register for the Smart Cities Hackathon 2023 you must qualify at-least one of the following criteria:

  • Any Student/Alumni/Team of Seneca College.
  • Any student from other learning institutions provided a Seneca student is included in their team.
  • Student/Team from Partner School: (list will grow) York University, Conestoga College,

Our Manifesto

  • FUN is #1
  • Multi discipline and diverse skills sought in each team.
  • Highly inclusive: First timer? Junior? Female? Introvert? International? Everyone is welcome and supported!​

Team Rules

  • Minimum Team Size: 2 (We will help solo participants to team-up!)
  • Maximum Team Size: 5
  • Minimum one student from Seneca College or Partnered Institute must be in the team unless from a Partner School. (We will help you team-up if you're registering from a non-partnered institute).

What's in it for you?

  • Cash and other prizes
  • Industry exposure and subject domain knowledge
  • Microcredentials
  • Experiential Learning and skill development
  • Hands-on experience
  • Network & work with Industry Leaders
  • Fun and networking!
  • Free cool SWAG

Important Dates!

  • Hackathon Registration Closes: April 29th
  • Hackathon Qualifier Round (Virtual): May 2ndMay 3rd
  • Keynote Sessions: May 2nd, May 5th (Virtual), & May 6th (On-Premises)
  • Live Mentoring Session: May 2nd & May 5th
  • Hackathon Final: May 5th (Day 1 – Virtual) & May 6th (Day 2 – Hybrid Seneca CITE Building)
  • On-Site Mentoring and Judging: May 6th



About the organizer

Organized by
Seneca College