HackerNest Construct is a 24-hour programming competition focused on creativity and the innovative use of technology. (NOT business plans, commercial viability, or monetization)

Tickets/Details: http://hackernest.com/construct

When: February 22-23, 2014

Where: Ryerson DMZ, 10 Dundas Street East, 6th Floor, Toronto, ON M5B 2G9

Platforms/devices: Mind & Motion is all about spiffy next-generation interface devices like neural/gesture controls, augmented reality, wearables, tablets, and all the funky stuff you see in movies. You can bring/build any demo-able platform/device that (even remotely) fits the theme, but as a base, here's what's available (limited numbers; pipe up if your team is definitely working on one):

  • Raspberry Pi (B) + PIR sensor
  • Kiwi Move
  • UbiSlate 7C+
  • OUYA console
  • Intelligent Headset

Read/research a ton, be independent. You are responsible for knowing and setting up your IDEs, SDKs, APIs, and every other acronym. Assume there will be no help from anyone. Be prepared!




Here's a rough outline (there's a bunch of secret stuff we're only going to reveal at the event). Register Saturday, eat, hack, eat, demo, win stuff, party, etc. Listing some of the stuff we're serving below; everything has a vegetarian option. 

Saturday, Feb 22 

  • 8:30am - 11am: doors open, registration, breakfast (breakfasty stuff) 
  • 11am - 12pm: welcome note, sponsor intros, announcements, etc.
  • 12pm - 1:30pm: brutal team matching chaos, lunch (chicken caesar wrap, gourmet chipotle macaroni and cheese, salad, brownie, fruit) 
  • 2pm: START H4X
  • 6pm: dinner (lasagna, salad, dinner roll, dessert, fruit) 

Sunday, Feb 23

  • 12:01am: somethin' special (om nom nom!) 
  • 7am: breakfast (English egg muffins, hash browns, granola, cereal, fruit, yogurt) 
  • 11am: lunch (Spanish Paella, garlic crustinis, salad, canapes/appetizers, desserts, fruit) 
  • 2pm - 3pm: demo signup
  • 3pm - 6pm: demos, judging, PRIZES BAHAHAHAHA!

Hackathon Sponsors


$17,852 in prizes

Grand Prize

#1! You beat the world. Congratulations! HackerNest gives your team $2500 CA$HMONEYS.

Plus! Each team member also gets:
- $6000 in SoftLayer hosting credits
- $2000 in Digital Ocean hosting credits
- a PUSH Strength band pre-order (~$150 a pop)

Runner Up

#2! You beat everyone except #1. Congratulations! HackerNest gives your team $1337 CA$HMONEYS.

Plus! Each team member also gets:
- $500 in Digital Ocean hosting credits
- Datawind UbiSlate 7C+ tablet

Intelligent Headset pre-order (10)

*Pre-orders will only go to developers building on the Intelligent Headset device.

Best YellowAPI

Each member of this team gets a shiny new Leap Motion Controller!

Datawind UbiSlate Tablets (35)

Raspberry Pi B + addons (18)

THE Oculus Rift

OUYA console (10)

Kiwi Move (10)

Thalmic Myo Armband pre-order (5)

Nanodots GYRO (10)

Leap Motion controller (2)

Camaraderie coworking day pass (5)

Pebble Watch (3)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


This is an in-person hacka-ma-thon.

Due to the highly technical nature of this hackathon, an intermediate to advanced tech skillset is pretty necessary. Also, space limitations unfortunately only allow for sponsors, partners, and members of the press to observe the hackers in their natural habitat. Thanks for understanding! ♥


Build something nifty involving any of our provided device(s) and platforms -- or bring in your own gadget and hack on that!


You must be physically present to demo:

Ryerson DMZ, 6th Floor
10 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON  M5B 2G9

Loose. Relaxed. Fun.


Keith Liu

Keith Liu
Vice President, Klick Labs

Valerie Fox

Valerie Fox
Executive Director, Ryerson DMZ

Yamil Asusta

Yamil Asusta
Developer Evangelist, SendGrid

Raff Paquin

Raff Paquin
Head of Technology, Frank & Oak

Mark Buchner

Mark Buchner
Industry Liaison & Professor, Sheridan College

Leila Boujnane

Leila Boujnane
Chief Executive Officer, TinEye

Robin Toop

Robin Toop
Technocraticus Rex, HackerNest

Jorge Silva

Jorge Silva
Komodo OpenLab

Greg Brigley

Greg Brigley
CTO, GestSure

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    How inventive, innovative, or unique (not necessarily outside-the-box) is the project?
  • Use of technology
    How technically accomplished is the project? Consider functionality versus complexity versus timeframe-to-create.
  • Polish and coolfactor
    Is it shiny and presentable? Is this a cool idea with a really clever execution?
  • Functionality
    Does it work (well/enough)?

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