Stantec Idea Hackathon


Who can participate in the Stantec Idea Hackathon?

We encourage students and professionals interested in design/planning, technology, real estate, development, academia, or public policy to register.

The Stantec Idea Hackathon is open to those 18 and over.

How are teams formed?

If you have team members in mind, you can find their profiles once they have registered on the platform and add them to your team. You will automatically be added to the Idea Hackathon Slack group, which you can also use to find teammates. If you do not have team members in mind, there will be time at the beginning of the event to find other participants to team up with.

What if I don’t have a team?

Don’t worry! We’ve set aside some time at the start of Day 1 to allow participants to find team members. The Hackworks team will also be there to facilitate this process. Please arrive on time so you can take advantage of this opportunity.

What is the best team size?

Teams should have between three and five participants.

What do I need to bring?

Bring any devices that you’ll need for brainstorming and building your proposal such as your laptop. We’ll provide WIFI, electrical connection, sticky notes, whiteboards, markers, and delicious food and drinks.

Is the venue open overnight?

No, the venue will close at 10:00pm on Day 1, but don’t worry - you can still continue to work on your hackathon proposal at your team’s discretion. We suggest teams find a nearby coffee shop or restaurant to keep the conversation and creativity flowing!

What are the prizes?

The teams will compete for a prize package valued at $5,000, and the top two, prize-winning teams in will be chosen by a panel of judges. Prizes will include cash and the potential internship opportunities.

Who owns the intellectual property?

In the spirit of making Tampa communities stronger and more resilient we see the output of the hackathon being of value to the public for collaboration and inspiration. All submissions at the end of the hackathon will be compiled in the Stantec Idea Book – a digital catalog publicly sharing the ideas born from the hackathon’s collective brainstorming, with credit given to the ideas’ creators. Our hope is to inspire community stakeholders to continue to build and realize participant ideas and only grow the conversation even further outside the walls of the hackathon.

I’ve never done a hackathon before; can I still participate?

Yes! Hackathons are a great opportunity to have fun, network and apply your skills in a new way.

How can I register for the hackathon?

Click JOIN on the right-hand side of this page. Once you click JOIN, you will be prompted to sign in or create a Hackworks account. Continue to follow the prompts to register.

How do I create a profile?

Once you’ve signed up for an account on, you’ll receive a verification email, follow the link and create your profile as part of the verification process. We recommend adding a profile picture, your skills and experience, and contact info. Adding information about yourself to your profile is especially important if you are looking to join a team or are looking to recruit team members to help build your own idea.

How do I edit my profile?

To edit your profile, log into your Hackworks account and click the profile icon located in the top right corner of the website.

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