Brampton Library presents Brainyhacks, a virtual hackathon celebrating lifelong learning. Use your creativity and apply your skills to create a brain-boosting, knowledge-building or learning-focused, hack with a team. Learn to code, meet new friends, and build applications in a friendly competition. 

Hackathons are all about exploring ideas and bringing them to life. We've got mentors, workshops, challenges and mini-events to encourage, inspire and entertain you all weekend long. 

Friday, February 26 to Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Participants must register at by February 19. Registration opens January 29.

Hackathon Sponsors


$450 in prizes

Best Hack - Beginner track

$50 Amazon e-gift card per team member (max. 4 team members)

Fast-Track Admission to the Leap program at EDGE Sheridan

Best Hack - Experienced track

$50 Amazon e-gift card x 4

Fast-Track Admission to the Leap program at EDGE Sheridan

5 Hours of EDGE Mentorship towards the Sheridan Open Innovation Challenge

5 hours of mentorship with Sheridan EDGE towards transitioning your project to the Ideation phase of Sheridan Open Innovation Challenge: “Reimagine Learning and Education in our Communities”

Best Project using echoAR

Koren Grinshpoon, the CEO of echoAR, will judge all projects that utilize echoAR and select the best project. One group will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

All Brainyhacks participants will receive free access to a month of business tier access to the echoAR platform.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Participants must register at 

Brampton Library Brainyhacks is open to: 

  • Ages 13 and older
  • High school or post-secondary students, or recent graduates 
  • Residents of Ontario, Canada
  • Brampton Library card holders (Don't have a Brampton Library card? Sign up for a card here. Membership is free to residents of Ontario, Canada)
  • Team Size: 2-4 members 


Your Devpost submission must include the following:

  • Project title and tagline
  • Brief written statements for each of the following:
    • Inspiration for your project
    • What it does
    • How you built it
    • Challenges
    • Accomplishments
    • Learnings
    • Next Steps
  • A link to your team’s source code for your project, e.g. GitHub (if applicable)
  • Thumbnail image
  • A video that is 5 minutes long or less that pitches and demos your hack
  • Any other documents or images you feel support your submission such as screenshots

Don't miss our "How to Submit to Devpost" workshop on Sunday at 10am!


Rada Micic

Rada Micic
Supervisor-Volunteer Services, Brampton Library

Omar Silva-Zapata

Omar Silva-Zapata
Robo-Geek Inc.

Kader Khan

Kader Khan
Testoper Community

Sasipriya Arun

Sasipriya Arun
Professor, Faculty of Applied Science & Technology, Sheridan College

Sukhjinder Hundal

Sukhjinder Hundal
Professor, Faculty of Applied Science & Technology, Sheridan College

David Spencer

David Spencer
Educator, Peel Alternative School North / Project Lead of Beyond Our Classroom

Dao Tran

Dao Tran
Curriculum Head, Science Mayfield Secondary School

Shahrukh Khan

Shahrukh Khan
School of Business & Economics, Algoma University

Alon Grinshpoon

Alon Grinshpoon
CEO and founder of echoAR

Judging Criteria

  • Theme and problem:
    Does the hack submitted celebrate, promote, inspire, or support lifelong in some way? Is there evidence of research into the problem or solution?
  • Learning:
    Did the team try something new or learn something new in the process of creating the hack? Were skills stretched and put to the test?
  • Teamwork:
    Did the team help one another grow? Did the team try to overcome differences in skills? Were tasks evenly distributed among team members?
  • Originality:
    Does the hack solve a problem in a novel or unique way? Does the hack resemble anything currently in existence?
  • Design:
    Has the team put thought into the aesthetics, interaction and user experience? Is it intuitive or are the graphics beautiful?
  • Ingenuity:
    Has the team used anything interesting to solve a problem, such as a clever piece of code or a workaround?
  • Pitch:
    How well does the pitch communicate the problem or need and the proposed solution? Was the pitch video engaging and persuasive?
  • Technical Difficulty:
    How technically impressive is the hack? Does it incorporate several different components? Did the technology involved make you go “Wow”?

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