Opportunities to Look for in October

This October brings multiple opportunities to get involved in hackathons, and more!

THacks 2

The Toronto Hacker Club is hosting their second annual hackathon THacks 2 on October 21-22, 2017 at the U of T Bahen Center. The event will feature a startup valley, keynote speakers, workshops, free food, networking, pitching, and prizes! For more information and to apply, please visit their website

MLH Season Hackathons

Major League Hacking is the #1 platform for finding hackathons. This platform lists hackathons from all around the world, and includes each hackathon’s application information, prizes, and sponsors. Find hackathons near you. Alternatively, travel to a fun destination subsidized by a travel bursary for your next hackathon!

Hack Western

The fourth annual Hack Western is a hackathon at Western University, in London, Ontario. This 36 hour hackathon hosts 500 students, and there will be prizes, mini events, and lots more. The event is on November 13-17, so stay tuned to their website for more information!



SHAD Valley is one of Canada’s best kept secrets, but it shouldn’t be! SHAD is an entrepreneurial summer camp held at host universities across Canada for 700 high school students from grades 10-12! Learn more about SHAD here (link to NSN article). Applications for the 2018 summer are now open, and available on their website.


Do you have an idea that can change the trajectory of health? The international social venture competition, the GenH Challenge, facilitates your implementation of a locally-tailored and globally-relevant solution to an enduring health problem. This challenge offers over 1 million dollars in funding, and finalists are invited to attend a weeklong, skill-building workshop. For more information, please visit GenHApplications are due on October 18th, 2017.

JA Ontario

JA Ontario is an entrepreneurial business simulation program. Under the guidance of mentors, students start their own business, make sales, interact with customers, create marketing campaigns, and more. The 18 week program culminates in May, where all participants gather for a summit. For more information and application, please visit JA Ontario

U of T WISE High School Design Challenge

The WISE High School Design Challenge is a great opportunity for aspiring science and engineering students to get involved in solving a real world problem. Students will exercise their creativity, logic, and ingenuity to formulate their solution, and develop skills vital for post-secondary education, and in the workforce. Additionally, participants will meet and network with current science and engineering undergraduate students. The Challenge is on September 30th from 11:30 am – 4:00 pm at the University of Toronto St. George campus. Register here by September 25!

Hack the Valley

Hack the Valley is a 36 hour hackathon, where bright minds will utilize high level APIs, hardware, and lots more to create innovative solutions. This free event is on October 13-15 at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Applications for teams of 4 people are now available here

SingularityU Summit

SingularityU Summit is a 2 day conference in Toronto, where some of the brightest leaders will gather to talk about the future of technology. Discover new technologies like artificial intelligence, artificial robotics, self-driving cars, and CRISPR, and find out how they can address global problems. For more information, and to buy tickets, please visit their website.

Loran Scholarship

The Loran Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship for high school students entering university, and consists of:

  • An annual stipend of $10,000
  • A matching tuition waiver from one of 25 partner universities
  • Personal mentorship from a Canadian leader
  • Access to our network and up to $10,000 in funding for summer internships in three different sectors
  • An orientation expedition through Algonquin Park
  • Annual retreats and scholar gatherings

For more information, and to apply, please visit their website! Deadline for application is October 18th for sponsored applicants (nominated by their school), and October 25th for non-sponsored applicants.

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