This September, the team that brought you WinHacks 2021 is excited to continue helping students contribute to Windsor and Detroit’s long history of collaboration through the second iteration of the highly successful BorderHacks hackathon.

Challenges will be taken on over the course of an exciting 36 hour competition, where students will have the opportunity to present their solutions to a panel of industry professionals, academic experts and their peers to win big prizes for their team.

BorderHacks is about cross-border solidarity, first and foremost. Our team is striving to connect students in Windsor and Detroit and encourage the development of forward thinking projects in the industries that thrive right here!


  • Your submission must include:
    • A demo video up to 3 minutes long
      • Demo videos longer than 3 minutes will only be considered up until the 3 minute mark
      • Videos must include the BorderHacks title and end cards listed on Discord (in #resources)
    • A link to your GitHub repo
    • The name of your team as it appears on Discord

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$CAD20,646 in prizes

Traffic Data Challenge (3)

Use municipal traffic data to develop solutions which improve traffic flow and encourage a more connected city.

The first-place team will get $1500 CAD, second place will get $750, and third place will get $300 CAD!

Most Launchable Hack [St. Clair Genesis]

The St. Clair College Genesis Entrepreneurship & Innovation Centre will be offering a cash prize to the “Most Launchable Hack” that could most easily go right to start-up.

Best Business Idea [EpiCentre]

EPICentre will be offering a spot in the Founders Program, which is an intensive 12-week accelerator program for students and recent graduates aspiring to launch a business.

Eligibility requirements apply:

People's Choice (3)

Vote for your favourite project on Discord. The first-place team will get $1000 CAD, second place will get $500 CAD, and third place will get $250 CAD!

Best Unfinished Hack (3)

Don't forget to submit! We'll be giving away a prize to the BEST unfinished hack. All you need to do to be eligible for this prize is submit your work before the deadline and your team could win.

The first-place team will get $400 CAD, second place will get $200 CAD, and third place will get $100 CAD!

Best UI / UX Design

Win a Sketch License (valued at $125), 6 months of Thunkable "Pro" License(valued at $225), and 1 year of Axure "Teams" (valued at $640) for each member of the winning team.

Optimizing Community Services with Open Data (3)

Help connect citizens with local, public spaces like parks and trails using municipal data.

The first-place team will win a contract to continue development worth $1000 CAD, second will get $500, and third place will get $250!

Eligible teams will ALSO be considered for a $1000 contract to continue work on their project after the hackathon!

Best Use of NFTs

Developers have only begun to scratch the surface of how NTFs can be used. Hackers will compete to find the most creative use for NTFs in this challenge.

The first-place team will get $1000 CAD, second place will get $600 CAD, and third place will get $300 CAD!

Rolecall (2)

Develop a tool to help organizations form better teams.

The first-place team will get $750 CAD, second place will get $250 CAD, and third place will get $100 CAD!

Best Use of Distributed Computer Lab Systems

The first-place team will get $750 CAD and the second place will get $250 CAD!

Best Use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: Winners located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks & lanyards. Winners outside of the US will receive a Google branded backpack.

Best Domain Name from

Register a .tech domain name using during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi wireless phone charger.

Best Web Monetization Project

Coil is all about providing better ways to access and reward the creators, publishers and platforms that you love. Coil members get to view web monetized sites while streaming micropayments directly to the website owner, or in this case, you! In turn, you can react to payments in real time by displaying a thank-you message, unlocking bonus content, features and so much more! Build a web monetized hack using Coil for a chance to win an Anker Quick Charge Portable Charger, Coil pin and $60 Coil credit redemption card!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Aislyn Laurent

Aislyn Laurent
BoderHacks Lead Organizer

Judging Criteria

  • Meets Challenge Requirements
    Did this project meet the requirements listed in the challenge description?
  • Originality
    Is the project new or unique? Have you not seen this idea elsewhere?
  • Design
    Is the project easy to use? Does it look nice? Clean projects show the team's commitment.

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