June 25-27, 2021

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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?

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

25th June, 2021

Time Event
2:30 PM Intro to Web Development: Part 1 (HTML/CSS)
3:30 PM Intro to Web Development: Part 2 (JS)
4:30 PM Intro to Git and Github
5:30 PM Team formation event
6:30 PM Opening ceremony
7:00 PM Theme reveal and hacking start time

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.

Where will this be held?
This hackathon will be fully virtual.
Discord will be used to let you talk to other participants, and send you announcements.
For workshops, and other sub-events, we’re planning on using Hopin; however, as we approach the hackathon, this may be subject to change.
Who is eligible to attend?
Although we do appreciate enthusiasm and participation, applications are only open to current high school students who are at least 13 years old and attend a school in the Greater Toronto Area.
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.
Are hackathons difficult?
It depends on how much effort you want to put into it. Some people go to hackathons and try their hardest to win it all, while others go to hackathons to learn new things, make new friends, and form connections with other people. The hackathon experience is what you make of it.
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 are workshops?

Workshops are mini-lessons that introduce one to a concept or topic. Here at Recess Hacks we are planning to host several workshops such as Git and Github, Networking, Web Development, etc.

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.

How can I make a team? What if I don't have one?

If you have people you want to work with, you can add them to your team on the Devpost. If you do not have anyone to work with yet, you can go to the “looking for team” section on the Devpost and meet others. Similarly, you may also introduce yourself in the discord, and chat with others. If you find someone you want to work with, just make sure to add them to your team on Devpost.

Is there anyone I can talk to if I’m having trouble with my project or the hackathon?
We'll be providing help during the hackathon in the Discord! You may ask a mentor or fellow peers. Drop in and ask questions.
Why do I not have permissions 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

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