Startup Hackathon

This content is from our now-completed 2018 event. Stay tuned in early 2019 for details on our third annual Startup Hackathon!

Congrats to our winning 2018 team! Read the 2018 Press Release

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be part of a hi-tech startup?

How do you test ideas, prototype the technology, get buy-in, and start a company?

What resources and support systems are available for hi-tech startup companies operating in the Fraser Valley? The Startup Hackathon is the place to not just learn, but experience all of this in one highly compressed 24 hours on March 23rd & 24th, 2018, from 5pm to 5pm

Final presentations are from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday, at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, and are open to the public with free admission. Come cheer on these teams, and teams invite your friends and family

Questions, and Answers

Who is this for?

This event is targeting business, user experience, and hi-tech college and university students in the Fraser Valley, but is open to anyone over the age of 18 who wants to get involved.

When and where is this happening?

Starts at 5PM on Friday, March 23rd, and wraps up at 5PM the next day. Yes, it is an overnight event, including a midnight Halo FFA tournament to keep the adrenaline going!

The main event will take place at the Downtown Business Centre in Chilliwack: 9240 Young Road
The presentations and awards will be open to the public and held at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre: 9201 Corbould Street

What type of projects are expected?

There are no limits on the projects, as long as it is driven by hi-tech. Some examples would be software, video games, hardware, robotics, internet-of-things, artificial intelligence, and cryptocurrencies. With that said, no equipment is provided, technical participants are expected to bring the tools they plan to work with. Projects using hardware and robotics may choose to work partially offsite outside of the education and mentorship hours to access equipment if needed.

What if I don't have any ideas, or a team?

No problem! We will start the event off by playing match maker between people and teams, and teams and business ideas. If you have an idea you want to explore, bring it to the table. If you have an existing team, you are more than welcome to enter as a team. Ideal team sizes are typically 3 to 5, but existing teams may be any size.

What level of experience do I need? Who is going to help guide us during the Startup Hackathon?

Any and all levels of experience are welcome. Everyone will learn from the experience.

Although each team will be allowed to follow its own path, you will be given a recommended process to follow. This process is based on the first parts of the BCIC Market Validation program, as run by various venture accelerators in BC.

We have also put together a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, business development experts, and technical experts to help you throughout the event. These mentors will be available Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Duane Storey
Lindell Media

Wim Kerkhoff

Tim McAlpine
Currency Marketing

Kalvin Morrow
Greenhouse Games

What are we actually expected to do? What does the schedule look like?

Can we build any of our solution ahead of time? Any limits on the tech used?

Since it is perfectly valid to build solutions on top of existing open source material, it is also valid to start building on top of an existing code base that one or more team members may bring to the table. However, the whole point of the Startup Hackathon is that teams use this time to pivot and iterate, both the business plan and the technology. Whatever you start with, isn't likely to remain the same by the end of the event.

Experience and learning is all great, but are there prizes?

You bet! The first placed team will win:

Who is going to judge the teams, and how do they choose a winner?

Three all-star judges:

Each judge has a different business and industry background, and have been selected to apply the published judging criteria to each team. The judging criteria closely matches the expected outcome from the recommended process described above and will emailed to all registered participants on Thursday March 22nd.

Existing companies, join the fun

New for 2018: Last year's wining team, Maplespace Inc., and Cnawlece Incorporated invite other existing companies to join us and the competitors for a fun night of hacking on new projects within your company. This category is for team building and is not-competitive. Each company will be given the opportunity to present their project to the public during the final presentations in order to raise awareness and gain valuable feedback.

Final presentations and awards are open to the public

New for 2018: The final presentations will be held at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre: 9201 Corbould Street. Invite your family and friends to be the first to see what your team created! All members of the community are welcome to come and cheer on all teams, and potential investors are encouraged to chat with the teams after the awards.

Halo at midnight: free-for-all tournament

New for 2018: In order to keep the adrenaline running there will be a Halo Free-for-All Tournament at midnight! Each team will nominate one individual to compete for them, and it will all be decided by one single game on the map Truth. The gaming equipment will be provided, and the game will run on a local LAN server. You are welcome to bring your own controller. The wining team will get a caffeine run provided by Cnawlece and a $100 gift card for Original Joe's.

Great! How do I register?

Registrations are right below and close end-of-day on March 20th... If you are late, we would still love to have you join us; but please don't delay, register today! Registration costs $10 plus GST, and includes snacks and drinks throughout the event. Bring your own meals, or order them in. Note that due to the competitive nature of this event, it required a minimum of 16 registered participants by March 20th in order for us to run it: We are please to confirm we have easily exceeded this with 28 registered as of noon on the 20th. Please do encourage your friends to join you :)


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2018 Startup Hackathon Press Release

Congratulations to the winning team: Gamma Games Interactive Inc.



2017 Hackathon Press Release

Congratulations to the winning team: Let’s Play Team!