At its core, the McGill Physics Hackathon is a friendly computer programming competition. The goal is simple: over a 24-hour period, in a team of 2-5 people, put together some project which involves scientific computing and the physical sciences! There are no themes; the goal is to have fun and be creative. We want to welcome everyone into the wonderful world of scientific computing!

Throughout the event, you'll have the opportunity to meet and learn from like-minded, curious, and passionate individuals. Experts from both academia and industry will also be present, either to help you with your projects, or just to chat!

Disciplinary knowledge is optional; curiosity is the key!


Anyone with an interest in physical sciences and/or computing is invited! Especially students from any high school, CEGEP or university, from any province or country!

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$CAD4,500 in prizes

First Place Overall (2)

First place prize

Second Place Overall

Second place overall prize

Third Place Overall

Third place overall prize

Peoples Choice Prize

Peoples choice prize! Please vote here on Devpost for your favourite project after submission period ends.

Machine Learning Prize

Prize for the team that makes the best use of machine learning techniques in their project! This prize will be announced on the day of the event.

Astrophysics Prize (2)

Prize for best project in the astrophysics category, this prize will be announced on the day of the event.

Biophysics Prize

Prize for the best project in the biophysics category! This prize will be announced on the day of the event.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


David Gallacher

David Gallacher
Hackathon Organizer

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Execution
    Did teams solve a challenging technical problem? Did teams get a working demo completed within the allotted time? Is it remarkable that teams could hack this project in just a day or two?
  • Communication
    How effective/engaging/coherent is the presentation overall? Is there a good rapport in the team? Is the presentation of the physics and the methods used to present the problem solution clear and understandable?
  • Aesthetics
    Is the solution beautiful/elegant/polished? Does the solution show the beauty of scientific computing?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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