Startup Hackathon

Stay tuned to this page for updates! Info here so far is DRAFT

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 starting Friday October 14th, 2022, at 5pm

Final presentations are from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday, 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, October 14th, 2022, and wraps up at 5PM the next day. Yes, it is an overnight event!

The event is happening in Building A at UFV Chilliwack

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.

Ideas for You and/or Your Team to Consider

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 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. (shown here are the mentors from the 2019 event. The 2022 mentors are still being confirmed)


Dave Leger
Loop Energy

Colin Schmidt
Wisebox Solutions

Stephen Pasiciel
Crafty Penguins

Kalvin Morrow
Greenhouse Games

Demian Brecht

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. Competitive teams may not already be in business (have revenue); see Existing Companies header below.

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

You bet! The first placed team from the 2019 event won:

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

We have a panel of all-star judges to select the winning team, plus input from our mentors. Each judge has a different business and industry background, and have been selected to apply the judging criteria to each team. The judging criteria closely matches the expected outcome from the recommended process described during the education block and will be detailed to participants during the education block on Friday March 20th. The five judges from the 2019 event were as follows:

Existing companies, join the fun

This category is for team building and is not-competitive. Each existing company (has revenue stream from existing product(s) or service(s)) 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. If you have formed a company but are still pre-revenue you are able to compete with the other teams.

Final presentations and awards are open to the public

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.


Great! How do I register?

Registrations will open up here soon right below and close end-of-day on November 1st... 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 12 registered participants by November 1st in order for us to run it so please do encourage your friends to join you :)


2019 Startup Hackathon Press Release

Congratulations to the winning team: 12V.Biz + Toolbox



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!