Participate in a robot-building extravaganza!

RoboHacks is a robotics hackathon hosted by McGill Robotics at McGill University. 

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Prizes

$1,375 in prizes

1st place

The best overall robot, scoring high in all categories! Each member of the winning team will get a certificate and a medal from MLH.

2nd place

The second-best overall robot! Each member of the winning team will get a certificate and a medal from MLH.

3rd place

The third-best overall robot! Each member of the winning team will get a certificate and a medal from MLH.

Best space robot

McGill Robotics will determine the best space-related robot! Each member of the winning team will get an Isoduino, which is an Arduino-compatible microcontroller designed by Bei Chen Liu (one of our judges, and a McGill Robotics member)!

Best use of myRIO

Each member of the winning team will get a LabVIEW physical computing kit!

Best hack submitted on a .tech domain

The best hack or website submitted on a .tech domain. $50 Amazon Gift Vouchers per team member!

Best use of Amazon Web Services

Each member of the winning team will get an Amazon gift card!

Best domain name registered with Domain.com

Winners will get a Domain.com swag bag and Domain.com credit!

#HackHarassment

Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Most impressive code

The most impressive use of software in a robot. All members of the winning team will get certificates!

Best electrical design

The most impressive use of electrical components in a robot. All members of the winning team will get certificates!

Best use of hardware

The most impressive use of mechanical components in a robot. All members of the winning team will get certificates!

Cutest robot

The most adorable robot! The winning team will get a certificate.

Hackiest robot

The robot that seems to have the most last-minute solutions to issues that came up during the hackathon. If it's held together by duct tape, then it's definitely eligible for this prize! The winning team will get a certificate and bragging rights.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

We welcome students from CÉGEP to post-graduate! Teams are highly encouraged, but the maximum team size is 6. 

Requirements

You need to build a robot. A robot has the following qualities: 

  • Contains electrical, mechanical, and software components
  • Has some moving parts
  • Collects information about its environment in some way 
  • Responds to its environment in some way 

Judges

Kristen Facciol

Kristen Facciol
Operations engineer, Canadian Space Agency

Dr. James Forbes

Dr. James Forbes
Professor, McGill University Faculty of Engineering

Dr. David Meger

Dr. David Meger
Professor, McGill University Department of Computer Science

Marwan Kanaan

Marwan Kanaan
Lecturer, McGill Faculty of Engineering

Bei Chen Liu

Bei Chen Liu
Electrical technician advisor, McGill Robotics

Simon Silva-Da Cruz

Simon Silva-Da Cruz
Junior member of technical staff, MDA

Duo Qian

Duo Qian
Senior mechanical specialist, McGill Robotics

Paul Albert-Lebrun

Paul Albert-Lebrun
Director and founder, McGill Space Systems Group

Judging Criteria

  • Complexity
    Was your robot easy to make, with pre-made components, or did you put things together yourself?
  • Functionality
    Does your robot do the job that it is intended to do?
  • Integration of software/hardware/electrical
    Does your robot have an equal mixture of mechanical, electrical, and software components?
  • Originality
    Is your robot innovative, or is the design easy to think of?
  • Aesthetic
    Does your robot look clean and polished?