Major League Hacking 2024 Hackathon Season
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May 3-5 • In-person event •


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Applications Closed

we have closed applications as of April 7th

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The Biggest Computer Science Community in Guelph

Having started in Fall 2023, the Google Developer Student Club has become the biggest computer science community at the University of Guelph in just a few months, with over 250 members! Our goal is to have a real, quantifiable impact on students. We strive to set our club members up for success in both their professional and academic careers. Through our workshops, speaker series, and Google flagship events, we have seen first-hand what student growth looks like. We are ambitious, driven, and committed to bringing quality events to students, creating an environment where learning, innovation, and collaboration thrive.

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Invaluable lessons and unforgettable experiences

Kickoff & Info Session

To start things off we held an info session inviting students to learn more about us, connect with their peers, and participate in an icebreaker for a chance to win prizes! The highlight was the marshmallow challenge, a team-building activity where students were tasked with building the tallest structure using only a few supplies. Not only was it a blast, but it sparked creativity and problem-solving skills. From the very beginning, we wanted students to get to know each other and so we were thrilled to see friendships start to form!

Learn The Web Basics

In October, we held a workshop to teach students the basics of web development and how simple it can be to build a website the world can access. We focused on the essentials: how to use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, leverage APIs to integrate functionality, and save and deploy code to GitHub. This hands-on session empowered participants to learn by doing. They got to code alongside mentors and were challenged to come up with solutions to technical problems. By the end, attendees had built a website from the ground up and left with newfound practical skills!

DevFest Waterloo 2023

Every year, DevFest Waterloo brings together developers from across the world for a day filled with learning, networking, and fun! This year, the focus was on AI: from prediction to integration, and GDSC Guelph was invited to help run the event! The event featured amazing guest speakers, and we were thrilled to see so many young professionals eager to learn from the numerous hands-on demos, insightful talks, and interactive workshops.

Learn With Firebase

Our Learn With Firebase workshop taught students how they can level up their web projects by using Firebase. We covered core features, including user authentication, NoSQL databases, and application deployment. Attendees understood these concepts through a live, step-by-step workshop designed by our team. Each participant created a full-stack application to showcase, while simultaneously learning more about Google technologies. Prize giveaways and active participation from students made the event lively and created the perfect atmosphere for collaborative learning.

Resume & Speaker Night

To help students get ahead and prepare for summer internships, we hosted a speaker series event that included networking, engaging presentations, and live resume reviews. We invited speakers with experience at top tech companies to come and share their insights, resources, and personal journeys with our club members. It was an inspiring evening; students had the opportunity to ask their burning questions, connect with one another, and receive personalized advice from our speakers.

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University of Guelph | Computer Science

The University of Guelph is home to over 3,000 computer science and software engineering students! Students here continuously strive for excellence, not just in their academic pursuits but also through efforts to positively impact the global community.

GDSC Hacks has partnered with the University of Guelph to bring students a hackathon where they can collaborate, learn, and create lasting memories!

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We thank our sponsors for helping us set the stage for a weekend of fun and learning. Developers, designers, and creators come together build something awesome and forge lasting relationships with our sponsors. Keep an eye out as we announce more sponsors!.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the Google Developer Student Club?

The Google Developer Student Club is a community for students interested in learning more about mobile and web development. In joining the GDSC, students may grow their knowledge in a hands-on environment.

How does the application process work?

After an application has been submitted, the GDSC team will review applicants on a rolling basis and participants will be notified via email if they have been accepted.

When will I know if I have been accepted?

We accept participants on a rolling basis, so you will be notified via email as soon as you are accepted (be sure to regularly check your spam and junk in case). We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to secure your spot!

How much will it cost me to attend GDSC Hacks?

GDSC Hacks is a completely free event. Participants will be given meals, snacks, and accommodations, for the entire event, completely free of charge :)

Do I need to be a proficient coder to attend/succeed?

No, GDSC Hacks is open to all skill levels. We encourage beginners to attend and learn from the workshops and mentors that will be available to help!

What kind of workshops, talks, and activities will there be?

GDSC Hacks will be hosting several activities that include technical workshops, fun games, and talks from guest speakers.

Do I have to be a member of the GDSC at Guelph in order to attend?

No, participants are not required to be a member of the GDSC Guelph chapter to attend GDSC Hacks.

Can I still participate if I am not currently enrolled as a student?

Our hackathon is for all students, however, if you are not a student and would like to participate in GDSC Hacks, please email our team at

What is GDSC Hacks?

GDSC Hacks is a hackathon hosted by the Google Developer Student Club at Guelph, where students collaborate for 30 hours to develop unique software projects from scratch. We empower participants by offering a variety of resources, including workshops, mentoring, fun events, and sponsorship opportunities.

Who is allowed to participate?

GDSC Hacks is open to all all students (even highschool)! You do not need to be a member of the Google Developer Student Club at Guelph or any other chapter in order to participate.

Can I participate if I am not a student at the University of Guelph?

Yes, all students are able to participate in GDSC Hacks.

How many people are allowed per team?

Teams of up to 4 people can be formed. There are no restrictions of who your teammates can be, feel free to team up with hackers from any school, country, or experience level. Teams can be formed during or before the hackathon begins. If you do not have a team, we will have a team formation event at the beginning of the hackathon.

Can I particiapte virtually?

We believe the best experience is in person; therefore, GDSC Hacks will be an in-person only event, and unfortunately, there will be no option to join virtually.

Are there any COVID-19 regulations I should know about?

GDSC Hacks does not enforce a specific COVID-19 policy. With the lifting of Canada's restrictions, no COVID-related measures will be implemented at our event. For everyone's safety, please stay home if you are feeling unwell.

Where can I find the Code of Conduct??

We follow the MLH Code of Conduct in order to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all participants. You can read it at

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