Recess Hacks was started by a group of 12 high school students that wanted to inspire creativity and ideation amongst fellow peers. We are devoted to encouraging teens in the community to bring their ideas to life and actively innovate new ideas.

We understand how stressful it is competing against people significantly older and more experienced, and we wanted to alleviate some of that stress by creating a "secondary school"-only hackathon. We also aim to strengthen networking amongst like-minded high school students, and encourage students to communicate with peers and form teams with people you've never met before.

Most importantly, Recess Hacks wants to host a fun learning experience for both newcomers to the hackathon scene, and veterans of the hackathon scene. This event's main focus is to encourage YOU to participate in more hackathons and innovate in your community.

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$CAD7,000 in prizes

1 year Wolfram|One Personal Edition + 1 year Wolfram|Alpha Pro Subscription (3)

The top 3 teams will get the Wolfram award. Each participant on the team will receive the Wolfram award. The Wolfram award consists of a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro (valued at $375.00). You do not need to use Wolfram tech to be eligible to win this award. Your first and last name will be shared with Wolfram to verify award eligibility.

Lifetime Taskade upgrade

Each member of the winning team will receive a lifetime Taskade upgrade. You will be asked to provide your Taskade username/email to redeem this prize.

AoPS Coupons

4 coupons for AoPS worth $25 each.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


  • Participants: Individuals must be older than 13 and currently attending secondary school in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Teams: Forming teams is optional, but teams may not consist of more than 4 individuals. Each individual may only be part of 1 team.
  • Countries: Canada


  • Must have a working version of your concept. The concept does not have to be finalized, but should at least fulfill its main purpose.
  • Teams must consist of 4 or less individuals.
  • Be prepared to show off your product to judges LIVE (no longer than 3 minutes) and answer any questions the judges may have relating to your project.
  • Your code must be visible in some sort of public repository. If you need help doing so, please ask on our Discord


Galicia Gordon

Galicia Gordon
Leading Learners


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Judging Criteria

  • Functionality
    You will be judged on the functionality of your project: Does the project work properly? Does the project fulfil its purpose?
  • Design
    You will be judged on the design of your project: Is the project aesthetically pleasing? Is the project adaptive (for sites and apps)?
  • Concept
    You will be judged on the concept of your project: Is the idea original? Does it solve a real-world problem?
  • Presentation
    You will be judged on the presentation of your project: Were all the functions of the application demonstrated clearly? Is there anything confusing about the project not mentioned in the presentation?

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