Code of Conduct

Our Ideathon is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable environment and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of the following:

  • gender identity and expression
  • age
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • physical appearance / body size
  • race/ethnicity/nationality
  • religion
  • political views
  • previous hackathon attendance or lack of
  • technical / subject matter expertise

We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at any hackathon venue, which includes the following:

  • Official competition Slack and Zoom
  • Talks, presentations, or demos
  • Social media
  • Any other online media

Ideathon participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the organisers.

Participant Eligibility

The Ideathon is open to any undergraduate or graduate university/college student. If you're taking time between semesters to work, or to pause your education, you're still welcome to participate.



Submission Requirements

Participants will self-organize in teams of three to four. Teaming will be facilitated through Slack and Zoom.

Unlike a conventional hackathon, where the expectation is to have a functioning prototype (usually in the form of software), at this Ideathon, a team's goal is to develop a well-researched plan that they will pitch to the judging panel.

Each team will choose one of two tracks, each of which poses a broad problem statement for the team to investigate. Once a team has chosen a track, they should do the following:

  • Inform the organizing team to confirm their participation in the competition:
    • Each member on the team
    • Which track they've picked
    • Whether they intend to use data from our industry partners, and confirmation of signing required documentation (NDA, License Agreement, etc)
  • Identify a specific issue within their track that they think is crucial to address.
    The team should have qualitative or quantitative evidence to support their rationale for choosing this issue.

  • Develop an action plan for addressing the identified issue
    The team should think about the problem from the holistic lenses of engineering, city planning and policy, - e.g. consider a wide array of factors from implementation cost, to public perception and political climate

This work will be summarized in a final pitch. While the structure of the pitch is up to you, you must meet the following requirements.

Proposal Requirements:

  • Must be in video form, and less than 5 minutes in length
  • Integrate elements of urban planning, engineering, and public policy
  • Clearly communicate why the issue you identified should be the top priority
  • Articulate an action plan to implement your proposal