Create impactful technological solutions emphasizing social enterprise and entrepreneurial action.

Enactus Windsor Hacks is a 3-day long, social-enterprise-themed challenge, beginning November 6th through November 8th, requiring students from various areas of study to work together and create innovative solutions to today’s problems. Teams of 2-5 post-secondary students will be competing to create solutions with a sound business model that seeks to maximize both revenue and benefit to the world’s social and/or environmental well-being. Solutions must also be addressing problems which fall into the scope of one of our challenges to compete for that respective challenge’s prize. Challenges are only broadly defined to give teams an expectation of the types of problems they are to solve and will have a variety of scopes from environmental to entrepreneurial. Our primary interest is to bring like-minded students together to create innovative solutions for tomorrow, and providing the opportunity to give them the chance to be the change they want to see in their society.

Sign-Up

In addition to registering for the event on Devpost, participants must register for Enactus Windsor Hacks using the form (https://forms.gle/LiMuLzca99TeRXVe9). Approximately a week before the hackathon you will receive an email to join our official Discord to network and create teams!

 

Staying Updated

Keep an eye on the Updates section above for information on how to access our Discord server, watch our stream on Twitch and follow our social media!

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Prizes

$CAD6,150 in prizes

Enactus Windsor Social Enterprise Accelerator

Take your idea to the next level with $1000 in prize money and $1000 in start-up funding! You'll also get to leverage our very own research and development team to accelerate your project idea to a fully fledged social enterprise!

Solutions considered for the Enactus Windsor Social Enterprise Accelerator are found to be the most impactful, scalable and feasible solutions from a team composed entirely of students who are currently registered in courses at the University of Windsor. A successful submission is one with strong potential to generate social impact, and revenue. Submissions may address any social, technological or ecological issue(s) at the local, national or international level. Submissions which are easily scalable, have a clear pathway to generate revenue, and/or maximize both revenue generation and social impact are favoured.

Conditions apply. See rules for more information.

Healthy Mind Mental Wellness Challenge

Solutions considered for the Healthy Mind Mental Wellness Challenge must address mental health related issues at a local, regional, or global scale. A successful submission will be one which addresses mental health related issues within at least one of the following scopes:
○ Depression, Anxiety, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
○ Eating Disorders
○ Drug Addiction and substance abuse

Clean Water Accessibility Challenge

Solutions considered for the Clean Water Accessibility must address water related issues at either a local, regional, or global scale. A successful submission will be one which addresses water related issues within at least one of the following scopes:
○ Improving/providing access to potable water sources
○ Reducing/eliminating pollution in waterways, lakes, seas, and/or oceans

Best United Nations SDG Implementation Award

Solutions considered for the Best UN SDG Implementation Award must incorporate at least two of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Successful submissions best implement their chosen goals and a winner will be chosen based on this implementation and overall feasibility of their project. Though it is beneficial to incorporate as many of the SDGs, a powerful implementation of a few goals is better than an infeasible one addressing many. Find the UN SDGs here: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

Best Eco Solution Award

Solutions considered for the Best Eco Solution Award must address some ecological issue faced anywhere in the world. Successful submissions will be those with the most potential impact and feasible implementation. Solutions which have a clear path to implementation and possibility to generate results will be favoured. The issue being addressed is not limited to any scope, but some places to start could be pollution, climate incentives, waste reduction, responsible resource and energy management.

Best Local Solution

Solutions considered for the Best Local Solution Award must address some issue faced in Windsor-Essex, Canada. Possible could address issues like food deserts, drug addiction, homelessness, litter and pollution, and more! Successful submissions will be those with the most potential impact and feasible implementation. Solutions which have a clear path to implementation and possibility to generate results will be favoured. The issue being addressed is not limited to any scope other than that it must address some issue in Windsor-Essex county.

Best Mobile App Award

Solutions considered for the Best Mobile App Award must address some social/ecological issue faced anywhere in the world by leveraging mobile devices. Helping people connect with other people, the information or resources they need, or all of the above are a great place to start looking for ideas. Successful submissions will be those with the most potential impact and feasible implementation. Solutions which have a clear path to implementation and possibility to generate results will be favoured. The issue being addressed is not limited to any scope other than that the solution must include a mobile app.

People's Choice

The team that wins this category will receive $100.

Best echoAR Implementation

Powered by echoAR. This challenge awards a $50 Amazon gift card (per team), 1-month free Business Tier access (per team member) to echoAR and selected projects will be featured on their “Inspiration” Page!

Winners MUST use the echoAR platform as part of their project to be eligible for a reward.

Sign-up for FREE ACCESS TO THEIR BUSINESS TIER PLATFORM DURING THE HACKATHON: https://console.echoar.xyz/#/auth/register-hackathon?code=EnactusWindsorHacks

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Participants: Open to Post Secondary Institution students across Canada, in teams, or groups from any faculty. Students are able to join in a team or as an independent participant; those who choose to join independently will then be grouped with other independent participants.

Countries: Canada

Requirements

 

Teams must submit the link of a YouTube video that showcases their project in any of the challenges. If participants submit into more that one category, they need to submit multiple times, once to each challenge. Videos need to be longer than 5 minutes and shorter than 15 minutes.

The time to submit the videos for the projects will be on November 8th 11:00 AM EST. Once the winners are selected, they will be announced on the same day 4:00 PM.

Please ensure your video submissions are no longer than 15 minutes and no shorter than 5 minutes. Please include a link to you project repository if applicable. Be sure to include which challenge you wish to pursue in the video title!

Judges

Frank Abbruzzese

Frank Abbruzzese
AlphaKOR

Alon Grinshpoon
echoAR

Dean Gilliam
Enactus Windsor

Justin Veldhuis
Enactus Windsor

Joey Corio
Enactus Windsor

Santo Briguglio

Santo Briguglio
Enactus Windsor

Alex Nguyen

Alex Nguyen
Wax-it Histology Services

Judging Criteria

  • Uniqueness
    How original is the project? Did other teams create the same project?
  • Feasibility
    How easy will it be to implement?
  • Revenue Generation
    How much revenue could this project potentially generate?
  • Well Being
    Positive impact to the world by either socially or environmental
  • Applicability
    How relevant is the project to the challenge?