Inspiring cross-border tech talent and solving mobility challenges.

The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation is proud to host its inaugural cross-border hackathon on September 25-27, 2020. BorderHacks will inspire tech talent locally to get involved in our technology community, ultimately contributing to unlocking the potential of our future programmers, hackers, and designers with a focus on mobility and cross-border issues such as healthcare, logistics, and cybersecurity.

This event will be completely hosted online! Over 400 students are expected to join us on this three-day event, where all participants will be given 36 hours to come up with their greatest hack. The theme for this hackathon is Mobility! Students are free to interpret the theme however they want.

Participants will be given the opportunity to come up with their greatest creation that will be later presented and judged by a panel of qualified adjudicators and win top tech and cash prizes to be announced!

FREE educational events such as workshops to help hone and adopt new skills in the field of computer science are also on the agenda. We believe that these activities will give contestants a taste of both entrepreneurship and a feel for the work environment that they will soon find themselves.

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$23,430 in prizes

People's Choice (3)

Vote for your favourite project here on Discord. The first-place team will get $1000 CAD, second place will get $750 CAD, and third place will get $500 CAD!

WaveDirect Technical Communications Giveaway

Attend the WaveDirect Technical Communications workshop for a chance to win an ASUS ROG STRIX G512L Gaming Laptop, valued at $1600.00 – must be present in the workshop to “enter”!

WaveDirect Award

Design a mobile application, that allows for quick and easy access to widgets that enable our end-users to manage their account, without an overly complicated user experience.

1) If you only accomplish the 4 needed items, winner receives $500
2) If you accomplish one “nice to have” the prize doubles – winner receives $1000
3) If you accomplish our Nice-To-Have feature – the prize triples – winner receives $1500 – opportunity to consult further with us on a possible real-life solution implementation with mentorship and coaching opportunities from our internal experts!

OneLedger - Tracking Car parts from Manufacturer to Consumer

We live in a world where everything can be dismantled very easily. This is especially true for the used car sales sector, where before you purchase a used car, there is a very high possibility that the car has changed hands many times. The more it changes hands, the more is the possibility of having some of the parts duplicated. This presents us with a need to create a decentralized trustless platform where the original manufacturer of the car can upload the information about the parts of the car, and an end-user can verify this information anytime in the life of a car.

AudaciaBioscience - Pilot for the Implementation of a Regional COVID-19 Status Certificate

The aim of this challenge is to implement a secure ‘COVID-19 status certificate’ for citizens of Canada and USA who live in a border city. The solution will outline a diagnostic testing strategy to detect the presence or absence of the COVID19 virus (nasal, saliva) and antibodies (blood), and transfer the results to a secure portal.

St Clair College - Analysis and modeling of vehicle traffic along the Huron Church Road Corridor

Develop a solution to monitor the traffic travelling along the Huron Church Rd. corridor to determine the traffic patterns affecting the volume commercial and commuter vehicles, crossing the bridge and remaining in Windsor. From this data, develop a model to predict traffic patterns for time of day and when the border opens up to non-essential travel. Our first challenge is restricted to current students of St. Clair College or those that will be entering St. Clair College by Fall of 2021. We are awarding a $1000 tuition prize to each St. Clair participant of the winning team in our “Commercial Border Traffic” Challenge. (Please note there are no substitutions and tuition amounts are restricted to $1000 per winning participant.  They cannot be combined or transferred). IBM has also graciously sponsored this challenge with a collection of cool IBM swag for your team.

DigitalOcean Award (8)

Each winning team will receive up to $250 of DigitalOcean credits!

Bugsee Award

Each winning team will receive up to $200 of Bugsee credits!

St. Clair College - Mobility Marketplace Award

Help to shape the future of mobility in your community and develop a solution to address environmental issues and congestion on roadways by providing a marketplace to buy or sell transportation services for commuters.

Wolfram Award (18)

The top 15 teams (max 4 people per team) will be awarded with a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

Best Domain Registered with provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from for their project this weekend!

WDBA Award


Best use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See the full list of products here: Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini

Minecraft Creative Building Tournament

BorderHacks and EZYMode are partnering together to host a building tournament! The top prize is a $50 Amazon gift card and two runner ups receive $25 each! NOTE: No teams, everyone works on their own build.

Show us Your Setup

Mention us on our Twitter account with a picture of your setup and have a chance to win a $25 gift card. Make sure your screen also shows our Discord server!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


BorderHacks applications are open to students from across the world with priority given to students in the cross-border regions of Michigan and Ontario. Whether you are a freshman or completing your PhD, we want you to register! We will also be accepting high school students! Each application is reviewed from the BorderHacks organizing team, and decisions will be sent out on a rolling basis.



- 3-minute video demoing their hack


Noah Campbell

Noah Campbell
Lead Organizer

Judging Criteria

  • Level of Mobility
    Think about how can your hack improve the ease of access in any of the following areas: Fintech, healthcare, finance, supply chain, or any other related field


  • Fintech
  • Cybersecurity
  • Healthcare