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Event postponed

In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, we have made the difficult but prudent decision to postpone BDC’s 2020 Hackathon scheduled for Saturday, March 14.

We fully intend to hold the BDC Hackathon at a later date. More information to come. Stay tuned.


Come take up this year's challenge with GolemLabs!

As part of its development of the next generation of geopolitical strategy games, GolemLabs, an innovative Canadian SME, has amassed a considerable amount of political, economic, social and military data.

This year, as part of the Hackathon 2020, you will be called upon to use this database on the world to demonstrate your creativity and your talent as a developer and thus take their products to new heights.

More than $10,000 in prizes

* The photos of the gifts shown on this website might differ from reality. They are used as a reference only.


Who can participate?

All university students enrolled in the Winter 2020 session. You will need to present a valid student ID card on the day of the event.

You must form a team of three to five students. If you wish, you can register individually, and you will be teamed with other participants on site the day of the event.

More than one team per university can participate in the challenge.


BDC Hacks at the BDC offices

BDC Offices

5 Place Ville Marie, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3B 5E7

The Hackathon welcome booth will be located near the elevators.

On the day of the event, you can access via the Place Ville Marie Mall (accessible directly from Bonaventure metro station, Central Station or the PVM indoor parking)

*Only the Place Ville Marie Boutiques entrance on Mansfield will be accessible (sidewalk level, south of Cathcart)


Can we prepare before the challenge?

No, the challenge will be explained the morning of the event and the work will be carried out on the spot.

Should we bring any equipment?

Yes, you must be autonomous and bring your laptop. You will have access to power outlets and to a network (wireless).

Are meals included?

Yes, meals and beverages will be provided to all registered participants including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

How will the winners be chosen?

Each of the teams will present their solution by the end of the day.

A group of judges will evaluate each team’s results based on predetermined criteria.

The judges will allocate points, and the team with the most points wins the challenge.

What is the best way to get to the BDC offices?

By metro:

  • Bonaventure station—orange line (400 m)
  • McGill station—green line (500 m)

By car:

  • You can park at Place Ville Marie (Cathcart Street entrance).
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