Waterloo's biggest social innovation hackathon is coming back in May 2018



What is Equithon?

Equithon is a hackathon for students to create technical projects that solve an equity issue or promote equity. We strive to provide an inclusive environment at our event where hackers can get support from industry mentors to develop their ideas and projects.

The second annual Equithon will be taking place in May 2018.

Equity isn’t a women’s issue.
Equity is an everybody issue.
— Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where the participants, either individually or in teams, build projects from scratch over a short period of time (in this case, three days) and present to a team of judges. Hackathons are a place to be creative, learn new skills, and make new friends!

Can I attend if I have never coded and/or been to a hackathon before?

Definitely! Equithon is open to all students who are interested in supporting equity. Experience in coding is an asset, but is not required. There will be many workshops tailored to a range of skill levels to help you with your hack.

What can I make?

You can make anything that raises awareness of or addresses an issue related to equity - whether it be gender, racial, etc. We will be providing resources leading up to and during Equithon to help you brainstorm.

Can I work on a project at Equithon that I’ve already started?

No. To ensure fairness, hackers must submit projects started at Equithon.

Why is Equithon not an overnight event?

We decided that Equithon should not be an overnight event because we want to be as inclusive as possible. Hackathons that span a whole weekend can be intimidating - we want people who would not normally be comfortable attending hackathons to join us too.

When are applications open?

Applications for hackers will open in Winter 2018.

Have more questions?

Send us an email at hello@equithon.org