August 20-22, 2021 | Virtual Event

Hack The 6ix

We hack to network. learn. win. create a project. collaborate. network.

About us

Hack the 6ix is the largest summer student-run, not-for-profit hackathon now in its seventh iteration, based in Toronto.

We take pride in the diversity and talent of our hackers, who help us become a key player in the Toronto tech ecosystem. We provide an outlet for students to present their ideas of the future.


Inspiring, challenging, and exciting.

Just a few words I would use to describe the past weekend I had at Hack the 6ix, all from the comfort of my own home! Working on our hackathon project remotely was definitely a unique experience and had its own set of challenges, but it was super rewarding and was an incredible learning opportunity.

Willson Wang, Hacker

So honoured to chat about diversity & inclusion at @HackThe6ix today. It's the most organized hackathon I've ever been to (from what feels like millions), and it's all virtual! Well-moderated, great questions, diverse backgrounds+views of the panelists. Kudos to the HT6 team 👏🏻

Aaiman Aamir, Speaker

Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity, I had such an amazing time this weekend. I really enjoyed my first hackathon and stepping out of my comfort zone and I am definitely looking to participate in more in the future. 😊

Samson Hua, Hacker

It was so nice to guide students through their projects, whether it was simply providing feedback on project ideas, or helping hackers deploy apps, connect their React apps to backends, and build API's for their projects, I had a great time.

Sam Eskandar, Mentor

It was great experience attending a virtual hackathon this weekend. Made new friends with my team. I’d like to thank Hack the 6ix for giving people the opportunity to learn new skills and develop something unique, even with the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Aadar Gupta, Hacker
Last year we attracted:
  • 500+


  • 90+


  • 12


  • $46k

    Prizes + swag

Why get involved

Want to land your next internship?

Hackathons are an amazing place to meet mentors and industry professionals in the tech community. A pandemic won't stop us from fostering important conversations.

Looking to learn from experts?

We value sharing knowledge and applying the things we learned. We'll host live workshops all weekend to give you the inspiration you need to get your project off the ground.

Want to be rewarded for your hard work?

With over $16,000 worth of prizes, there’s something for everyone.

Need projects on your portfolio?

Complete a project worth showcasing within 48 hours from scratch and land your next job. Check out what our hackers created last year!

Feeling stuck at home?

Physical distancing is serious, but meeting new people doesn't have to stop. Get geared up in your pajamas and make tons of virtual memories.

Sponsor Spotlight

We are here to help people, businesses and society prosper in good times and be resilient in bad times. We will earn the right to be one of Canada's most respected and successful companies. A company where we are true to our values, where our people are engaged because they know their work matters, and where our customers are our advocates because they know what matters to them matters to us. We will strive to provide an experience to customers that will be second to none. Insurance is not about things. Insurance is about people.

Check out Intact's career page!

BMO is a leading bank driven by a single purpose: to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life. Everywhere we do business, we’re focused on building, investing and transforming how we work to drive performance and continue growing the good.

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Our purpose: To deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity. We embrace the power of change to create long-lasting value in every direction for our clients, people and communities.

Check out Accenture's career page!
  • Accenture
  • Intact
  • BMO
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • Geotab
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
  • Scotiabank
  • Cockroach Labs
  • Sketch
  • echoAR
  • FDM
  • Stickermule
  • rotman
  • Metrolinx
Past Speakers

Jonathan Javier

CEO/Founder @Wonsulting

Jonathan’s mission at Wonsulting is to “turn underdogs into winners”. He's also worked in the Strategy and Operations team at Snap, Google, and Cisco coming from a non-target school/non-traditional background. He works on many initiatives, providing advice and words of wisdom on LinkedIn and through speaking engagements. In total, he has led 125+ workshops in 8 different countries including the Mena ICT Forum in Jordan, Resume/Personal Branding at Cisco, LinkedIn Strategy & Operations Offsite, Great Place To Work, Talks at Google, TEDx, and more. He's amassed 52,000+ followers on LinkedIn as well as 15+ million views yearly on his content.

Cathy Tie

Serial Entreprenuer & VC

Cathy is a serial entrepreneur and VC working on a new stealth company. She was most recently a Partner at Cervin Ventures, a $200M technology investment fund based in San Francisco. Prior to Cervin Ventures, Cathy was the CEO and co-founder at Ranomics, a venture backed company known for its gene variant synthesis platform that enables antibody optimization, drug target validation, and enzyme, protein and organism engineering. Cathy founded Ranomics at the age of 18, and was the youngest person to raise venture capital in biotechnology. Cathy was also named a Thiel Fellow in 2015 and a recipient of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list award in 2018.

Pei Li

Founder @Hack the 6ix

Pei founded Hack The 6ix during his time in the EngSci program at University of Toronto. He dropped out in 2016 to join Wealthsimple in its early stages and to pursue entrepreneurship. In 2017, Pei founded Beatcamp, a music licensing platform for hip-hop producers. After the platform was acquired in 2018, he founded CodeMode, a technology consultancy that specializes in digital transformation for enterprises. Pei is now working on Venue, an all-in-one live online events streaming platform. They are working closely with early customers such as TechTO to deliver a unique and engaging experience to event attendees.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Hack the 6ix held on August 20-22, 2021 is a live event where “hackers” (participants) design, develop, and pitch a software or hardware project built from scratch over the course of 36 hours. We will provide you with the resources and mentorship needed in order to make this happen!

  • Hack the 6ix will be hosting their second virtual hackathon this year! All events will be held and accessed on online communication platforms, so you can hack from the comfort of your home, no matter where you are!

  • Hack the 6ix applications for the 2021 year are going to be opening soon. Subscribe here if you’d like us to notify you when applications are out!

  • Any post-secondary students or recent graduates are eligible to participate in our event, regardless of school, country, or time zone.

  • Nope! Our mentors and workshops make sure that even if you’re new to coding, you’ll definitely pick up enough skills at the event to make a project. In addition, if you’re a designer or business student, your design and pitching skills are also very valuable!

  • Make sure you have a device you can develop your project on, access to internet, and video/audio capabilities for chatting with your teammates, mentors, and sponsors!

  • Don’t worry, you will have a chance to form or join a team of up to 4 people before or during the hackathon. We’re going virtual this year so you can team up with hackers regardless of their school, country, or timezone.

    For ideas, check out our submissions from last year here!

  • We’ll be hosting a variety of workshops ranging from introductory to advanced topics facilitated by our amazing sponsors and mentors. In addition, there will also be interesting tech talks by industry leaders from different companies. For breaks, we’ll have a ton of fun activities planned for you, such as games, contests, and more! Hack the 6ix is much more than just a hackathon – we want it to be an event that you’ll thoroughly enjoy while expanding your skillset and network.

  • Absolutely nothing! Hack the 6ix is a completely free event run by a non-profit organization. All resources and support for hacking for the entire event will be provided free of charge.