Virtually anywhere! In person opening ceremony starting at 10 AM at Rutherford Physics Building (3600 Rue University, Montreal)

November 5 - 6, 2022

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At its core, the McGill Physics Hackathon is a friendly computer programming competition. The goal is simple: over a 24-hour period, in a team of 2-5 people, put together some project which involves scientific computing and the physical sciences! There are no themes; the goal is to have fun and be creative. We want to welcome everyone into the wonderful world of scientific computing!

Throughout the event, you'll have the opportunity to meet and learn from like-minded, curious, and passionate individuals. Experts from both academia and industry will also be present, either to help you with your projects, or just to chat!

Disciplinary knowledge is optional; curiosity is the key!

If you have any questions regarding logistics, teams, judging, or anything else, please consult the frequently asked questions (FAQs) or contact us at .


In recent years, advanced scientific computing has been a powerful force in both academia and industry. Stunning scientific breakthroughs, such as the first direct image of a black hole by the Event Horizon Telescope, would be impossible without the use of computational physics to handle unprecedented quantities and kinds of data. Similar breakthroughs are occurring virtually everywhere we look, as we witness a technological revolution in which industry, the sciences, and a new digital economy are intimately linked.


This year's Physics Hackathon will be the second to take place virtually, with an in-person opening ceremony to connect hackers in the Montreal area. Once again, anyone from anywhere can participate. We hope you will join us, whether you are a high school, CEGEP, undergraduate, or graduate student! Anyone with an interest in programming and the physical sciences is invited to attend and hone their programming, scientific, and communication skills.

The McGill Physics Hackathon is committed to a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. All participants, sponsors, mentors, and judges agree to our code of conductClick to Download File. .

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The Physics Hackathon would not be possible without our amazing sponsors. We invite you to partner with us! Check out our Sponsorship Prospectus for more details, and email us at

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In past years we ran a series of introductory coding workshops leading up to the event, or codetober, this year we will not be offering workshops. Please checkout some of the resources linked below on Unix and command line tools, Python programming, Machine Learning, Arduino's, and C++/ROOT.

  • Workshop on command line interface and unix computing - Link
  • Python Programming Crash Course - Link

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Everyone interested! You can attend this virtual event from anywhere in the world. Students from any high school, CEGEP, college, or university who have an interest in the physical sciences, programming, computational arts, or data visualization are welcome!

A: Hackers will be challenged to form a team and use their scientific, programming, and artistic skills to put together a project which shows something cool in the physical sciences. This could be a simulation of some physical phenomenon, a tool for understanding or visualizing some concept, or something else we haven't thought of!

A: The event is entirely online, and will take place on a Discord server. On this server, you'll be able to chat with other hackers, mentors, judges, organizers, and sponsor representatives.

Registration will stay open until 1 PM on November 5th! Team registration will occur in a different form that will be available to registered hackers in the week before the event, and to all participants during the event.

A: No! We want you to exercise your creativity. There will be special prizes for the best project involving astrophysics and the best project employing machine learning, but we encourage you to let your imagination run wild!

A: No! The goal of the Hackathon is learn and have fun, and you can use any programming language you want. Many people even use the Hackathon as an opportunity to learn a new language!

A: You are welcome to think about topics which might interest you before the event, but all of the actual programming should happen at the Hackathon itself, and not before.

A: Teams can be anywhere from 2 to 5 people, and can be made up of hackers from a mix of all levels and backgrounds. If you don't have a team, that's okay! We'll help you make one at the event.

A: All hackers should register individually. A link to register teams will be sent out a few days before the event. For folks who come to the Hackathon without a team, that's okay! We'll help you make one at the event.

A: Towards the end of October! We have ordered all of your stuff and are currently waiting to receive it.

A: Can't think of a project right now? We've got you covered! Click here to get inspired. At the actual event, we'll have lots of experts from both academia and industry to help you put something together.

A: At the end of the competition, you'll have the chance to show off your work to members of both industry and academia. Projects will be judged according to technical execution (did you solve a technical problem?), communication (were you able to clearly present what you did?), and aesthetics (is the solution beautiful/polished?).

A: That's totally okay! We would love to have you there for as much as you can attend.

A: Participants under 18 will need to have a parent or guardian sign a consent form allowing you to participate.

A: The forms are available for download here: Attendance, Photography (In-person only), please submit them to our google form here when signed.


The Hackathon would not be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors. Click on any of the images below to learn more about them. We thank them for partnering with us and enabling us to hold this event!

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Rutherford Physics Building
3600 Rue University, Montréal, QC
H3A 2T8, Canada

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