July 15-17, 2022

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What is Recess Hacks?

Recess Hacks is a virtual hackathon from July 15-17. We empower high school students across Canada to use tech to help create innovative solutions to the world's problems, without the competition of professional programmers.
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! Please note: Our Devpost is still under construction.
How can I join?

Connect with us!


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

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Frequently Asked Questions

    What are hackathons?
    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. Please note: Our Devpost is still under construction.

    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.

    Am I eligible for the Hackathon?

    To be eligible to attend Recess Hacks 2022 you must be enrolled in a secondary educational institution (high school) located in Canada or graduated high school this year, be at least 13 years of age on the day of the hackathon, and not be disqualified from the hackathon due to a violation of rules.

    Why am I unable to talk on the Discord server?

    After joining the discord server, make sure you read the rules in rules and react with ✅ to gain the hacker role. If you have additional questions, feel free to ask in the discord #help channel.

    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!


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