Startup Hackathon

This information is for the 2019 event which is now over. Information for the 2020 event will be updated here in early 2020

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 22nd & 23rd, 2019, from 5pm to 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, March 22nd, 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 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.

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.


Tim McAlpine
Currency Marketing

Colin Schmidt
Wisebox Solutions

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.

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?

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 emailed to all registered participants on Thursday March 21st. The five judges are 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.

Halo at midnight: free-for-all tournament

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 and you NEED TO bring your own headphones or earbuds. The wining team will get a caffeine run provided by Wisebox 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 19th... 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 19th in order for us to run it: 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!