The Solutions Incubator program, powered by DSC McMaster U, is an intensive 8 week program of ideating, prototyping, and developing to create groundbreaking projects.   Working as a team, students will have a designated role of product manager, UI/UX designer, developer, or business analyst. Student teams will receive guidance and mentorship from community and industry professionals as they develop technological solutions to solve problems Hamilton is facing today.   We are looking for creative, enthusiastic and passionate students to be part of this program, running from mid-January to March 2021.

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$3,000 in prizes

Best Use of Design Thinking

Health Ventures Award

The Forge Best Business Idea Award

Highest Impact Award

Solutions Incubator Best Overall Project Award

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Tammy Huang

Tammy Huang
Business Development Officer, Global Hamilton at Hamilton Economic Development

Riley Moynes

Riley Moynes
Incubator Manager at The Forge McMaster

Madusha Cooray

Madusha Cooray
Program Manager of Google Developer Student Clubs

Kyle Ansilio

Kyle Ansilio
Community Engaged Learning Coordinator & MacChangers Instructor

Sarrah Lal

Sarrah Lal
Assistant Professor of Medicine; Health Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Systems Thinking in Higher Ed

Dr. Robert Fleisig

Dr. Robert Fleisig
Associate Professor at McMaster University

Judging Criteria

  • Problem Definition: is the problem clearly defined and is it important?
    • Ability to articulate targeted main point(s) around the problem space • Clearly defined use case that matches articulated main points • Potential for impact
  • Technical Feasibility: can the technical specifications be implemented?
    • Feasibility of implementation • Solution provided is technically sound
  • Business Feasibility: how will the solution reach the target audience?
    • Path to market is obvious • There is a business model/scalability/distribution plan
  • Use of Design Thinking and Human Centered Design Principles
    • Demonstrates use of Design Thinking to improve outcomes
  • Innovation
    • Is the project original? • Has the need already been addressed by academic research or industry? • Does the product introduce a new approach or perspective?
  • Presentation
    • Was the demo clear enough to convey the above criteria?

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