MacHacks is a weekend-long event providing 36 hours for teams to create an innovative project using AI for a problem in Healthcare, The Environment, Business, or Quantum Computing.                                                      IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE YOU MUST SIGN UP. MACHACKS WEBSITE:  


Submission Guidelines

  1. Each team has to create a 5-minute video about their chosen challenge explaining their innovation and the submission deadline is due 10.00 AM EST on January 23. 
  2. There will be no live presentations and your video submitted will be counted as your final submission. 
  3. The video should be filmed in proper lighting and with clear audio making it easier for the judges to understand the video. The code must be submitted on Github.
  4. Please explain your project in a clear and concise manner. 



Enzymes are proteins which catalyze chemical reactions in living organisms. They are ubiquitous and critical to life. Nearly every chemical process in the body is enzyme-dependent, including such functions as DNA replication, metabolism, tissue repair, and so on. The study of enzymes is important to help combat enzyme disorders, such as phenylketonuria, as well as to better understand how to keep humans healthy. The goal of this challenge is to predict enzyme classes from chemical reactions using deep neural networks. The challenge is simple; correctly assign at least the first enzyme commission number to each reaction. The necessary training and test datasets have been provided here

Healthcare AI:

AI in the healthcare industry is rapidly growing. Use AI to solve any healthcare issue such as patient waiting room optimization or anything else.

Environmental AI hack:

As our world leaders begin to address the rapid deterioration of our climate and environment, AI will be used more to help address these issues. Use AI to solve any environmental problem.

Business Solution:

From Wall Street to small businesses AI can be used to make money anywhere. Use AI to solve a problem in the business world.

IBM Quantum Computing Challenge:

Qiskit is open-source software for working with quantum computers at the level of circuits, pulses, and algorithms. Additionally, several domain-specific application API’s exist on top of this core module.

The central goal of Qiskit is to build a software stack that makes it easy for anyone to use quantum computers, regardless of their skill level or area of interest; Qiskit allows one to easily design experiments and applications and run them on real quantum computers and/or classical simulators. Qiskit is already in use around the world by beginners, hobbyists, educators, researchers, and commercial companies. The best use of quiskit will win the prize.

Riskfuel Challenge:

Riskfuel creates real-time risk management and valuation solutions that are accurate and very very fast. Their sponsored problem consists involves training a deep neural network to approximate the analytic Black-Scholes price of a European Put option. The neural net will be evaluated on a validation set defined on a closed domain of input parameters. Your goal is to obtain the best model performance (ie. Mean and Maximum Squared Error). The challenge can be found here

Assembly AI Challenge:

AssemblyAI offers a state-of-the-art API for automatic speech recognition. Voted the Best Public API of 2020 and funded by Y Combinator, our API is used by thousands of developers to transcribe millions of audio and video files every day. The challenge we are offering is to build the best project using the AssemblyAI API. The winning team will win a $100 Amazon gift card per person. Quickstart can be found here.

Google DSC Challenge:

McMaster’s google DSC hosts information sessions, hands-on workshops, and student-community collaborative projects centred around the latest and greatest in technology, all with the support of Google and Google Developers. DSC’s challenge includes designing an AI solution that aids in helping all demographics in improving their mental health and physical well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, using Google’s offered products like TensorFlow, Firebase, and Flutter. McMaster Google DSC has attached 4 articles to help with research. 1,2,3,4

Hackathon Sponsors


$CAD6,802 in prizes

IBM Quantum Computing: Nintendo Switches

Everyone on the winning team will receive a Nintendo Switch

Business Solutions: Airpods

Everyone on the winning team will receive Airpods.

Healthcare: $200 Gift Card

Everyone on the winning team will receive a gift card with a total value of $200

AssemblyAI Challenge: AMZN Gift Card $100

Awarded to the winner of the AssemblyAI API Challenge.

Riskfuel Challenge: $700 Total Value

Everyone on the winning team will receive a Riskfuel Sweater, a Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook, and a chance to interview at Riskfuel for future opportunities.

Environmental: Samsung Galaxy Buds

Everyone on the winning team will receive Samsung Galaxy Buds

Inviand Challenge: Cash Prize of $800

Cash split amongst all winning team members

Best Domain Registered with

PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger

McMaster Google DSC: AMZN Gift Card $50

1- 50 dollar gift card for the whole team. Awarded to the winners of the McMaster Google DSC Challenge

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Grove Beginner Kit

Best Use of Google Cloud:

Google Cloud Swag Bag or Backpack

Most Creative use of Twilio:

Twilio Swag Box GameGo Console

Best Use of Auth0:Exclusive Auth0

Swag made for MLH Winners (Branded Tumbler, Rubik's Cube & Sticker)

Best use of MATLAB

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Dr. Sue Becker

Dr. R.Tharmarasa

Dr. R.Tharmarasa

Onolunosen Aziegbe

Onolunosen Aziegbe

Lyan Abdul

Nikola Pocuca

Nikola Pocuca

Dr. Sean Wagner

Dr. Sean Wagner
Research Scientist and IBM Quantum Technical Ambassador

Alana Bodo

Alana Bodo
Environmental Solution

Dr George Paulik

Dr George Paulik
Room Temperature Electronics Group and IBM Quantum Ambassador

Mary Siebert

Mary Siebert
MLH rep

Emina Burnazovic
Google DSC

Punya Cheema

Punya Cheema
Google DSC

Jodie Lobana

Jodie Lobana
Business Stream

Mathusan Gunabalasingam

Mathusan Gunabalasingam

Sian Ford

J.M Stokes

J.M Stokes

Norman Spencer

Judging Criteria

  • Ambition of Problem
    Scale and complexity of the problem being explored.
  • Innovation of Solution
    Scale and novelty of the technology being used, and/or the architectural approach taken.
  • Quality of Implementation
    The ability of the team to reach a conclusion about the viability of the project.
  • People Impact
    The ability of the team to reach a conclusion about the viability of the project.
  • Quality of Presentation
    The ability for the judges to clearly understand (1) what the desired functionality is, and (2) see that the functionality is behaving as expected.

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