June 25-27, 2021

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Recess Hacks 2021 has ended


What is Recess Hacks?

Recess Hacks is a virtual hackathon from June 25-27, empowering high schoolers in the Greater Toronto Area to use tech to help them create the solutions to the world's problems.
What is Recess Hacks?

How did Recess Hacks start?

We noticed that many high school students are not aware of the existence of hackathons; here at Recess Hacks, we want to change that to get more students to get involved in tech and innovate.
How did Recess Hacks start?

How can I join?

If you would like to start hacking and get involved in the community, then join our Discord server and our Devpost with your discord tag so we can grant you access to the rest of the channels! Join us virtually! Don't miss out on an event full of coding, workshops, and fun!
How can I join?

Connect with us!


All the times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and may be subject to change.

25th June, 2021

Time Event
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Intro to Web Development: Part 1 (HTML/CSS)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Intro to Git and Github
5:30 PM Team formation event
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Opening ceremony and theme reveal
7:00 PM Start of project-building time


Best Overall Project

Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless - Basic Kit¹

$250 in DigitalOcean credit¹, up to $1000

Wolfram Award¹

Scrimba Pro - 1 year (1)

Lifetime Taskade Unlimited¹

Best Solo Project

Rocketbook Mini

$250 in DigitalOcean credit

Wolfram Award

Scrimba Pro - 1 year (1)

Best UI/UX Project

$40 in gift cards²

$125 in DigitalOcean credit¹, up to $500

Wolfram Award¹

Scrimba Pro - 1 year (1)

Best Beginner's Project

AoPS $25 Coupons¹

Scrimba Pro - 1 year (1)


Scrimba Pro - 1 year (1)

Potentially more items, depending on supply

Coming soon

Stay tuned! We're always working to bring as many prizes as we can to Recess Hacks.

All participants³

EchoAR Business - 1 month

1Password Families (new signups only) - 1 year

Taskade Unlimited - 1 year

Wolfram|One - 30 days

$100 free trial of DigitalOcean - 60 days

¹One of the item will be awarded per team member. This means a team of 4 would receive 4 of this item, and a solo participant would receive 1.

²The winner can receive gift cards from their major retailer of choice. The Organizers will try to honour requests. In case we cannot, we may require the winner to choose a different retailer.

³ All participants will receive the listed items for free. Thank you for participating in Recess Hacks!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is an event where people, alone or in a team, create a project within a given time frame. During hackathons, there are usually various workshops, for learning new skills, as well as guest speakers that you can interact with. In the end, all the projects will be judged, and the best ones will win various prizes.
How do I sign up?

In order to participate, please visit our Devpost, create an account and sign up for our hackathon.

So...will there be hacking?
Yes, although not in the way you probably think. You won’t be breaking into security systems or anything like that. Hacking, in this case, is used to describe the process of creating something quickly and roughly. That is why we don’t expect you to have a finished and polished project, but do expect some sort of basic functionality.
Is this free?
Yes! Recess Hacks is free to attend.
Can I still attend if I don't know how to code?
For starters, you do not need to submit code! No-code creations are cool, too. Just make sure that it’s a functional creation, not just a design.
In addition, you could team up with other people! Many teams have a designer who creates design concepts and aesthetics. You could also be the marketer of your project. Being able to present your project effectively in your given time may make or break your presentation. Hackathons need all sorts of people: you don’t have to be the one who’s coding.
What if I’m new to coding, but I want to learn how to code?

Don’t worry! We will have workshops, some of which will introduce you to the basics of programming in a variety of topics and programming languages. We will also have mentors available to help troubleshoot and provide further assistance if needed.
Hackathons are great for helping you learn how to code! Workshops and mentors are here to help you with any problems that may arise.

What is the maximum team size? Do I need to have one?

You may work solo or in a team of up to 4 people.

Why am I unable to talk on the Discord server?

You need to sign up on our Devpost and provide your Discord username and tag. Then our organizers will manually give you permissions. If you have any issues please reach out to us on #help-verify on the Discord server.

What if I have other questions, suggestions, or feedback?

If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us at

I want to help out as a mentor, workshop host, or judge!

Thank you! Send us an email here and we'll see how we can work together!

Meet the Team

Sagar S.

Lily M.

Howard O.

Subha A.

Dawson T.

Profile of Ivy

Ivy G.

Profile of Nikki

Nikki G.

Erin Z.

Nathan C.

Oleg Y.

Ayaan P.

Mutammim S.


Wolfram echoAR Taskade 1Password DigitalOcean Scrimba BGmot AoPS

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