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Hack the North 2022: In pictures

For the first time since 2019, Hack the North was held in person at the University of Waterloo. The student-run hackathon, launched in 2014, began Friday night and continued through to Sunday afternoon. It is one of the biggest events of its kind in the world, drawing more than 1,000 students from numerous countries.

The following is a selection of photos taken over the three days by Anthony Reinhart of Communitech.

For more Hack the North 2022 coverage, see our stories from the opening and closing ceremonies.

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Setting the table at the Help Desk

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Enjoying a warm Friday evening before the hacking begins

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Filing into Engineering 7

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Participants mingle with sponsors (below) in Engineering 7

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Checking out the sponsor and partner booths

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Communitech swag flying off the table

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Entering Laurier's Lazaridis Hall for the opening ceremonies

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Waiting for the show to begin

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Hearing from sponsor ETHGlobal, which was started by Hack the North's founders

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Resting up before the presentations – and the hacking – begin

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Sponsor swag from RBC!

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Waiting for will.i.am to drop in for the keynote

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will.i.am, Grammy-winning musician and tech enthusiast, addresses the crowd.

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Taking in the keynote from the balcony at Lazaridis Hall

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Relaxing with a puzzle back at Engineering 7

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Meeting of minds as the hacking is set to begin

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Pointing the way to one of the many, many hacking spaces in Engineering 7

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Vital information for a weekend-long hackathon

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Hackers ascend the stairs as the first night falls.

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Fuelling up on Day 2

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Hacking in the hardware lab

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Hacking and snacking – they just go together

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Working it out on the whiteboard

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A hive of activity (hacktivity?) on Saturday afternoon

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Sponsors at work

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Focus time in the quiet spaces

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Sleeping in shifts is one way to approach it.

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Activities are always at hand during breaks from the hacking.

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Workshops were available to help hackers through their challenges.

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Follow the arrows!

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A bit of advice can go a long, long way.

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Serious work or a few laughs – why not both?

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Will this idea fly?

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Team bonding session at the photo booth

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Teams toil into the wee hours of Sunday morning as the finish line nears.

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Contemplation – and snacks close at hand.

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Maybe this'll work...

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Down for a quick recharge

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These benches are surprisingly comfy.

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No pressure.

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Pierogies for the win!

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The Navcare team, the first of 12 finalists, fires up the crowd as the closing ceremony kicks off.

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Britafull, a finalist team, developed a system to remind your roommate to refill the water jug.

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The crowd was riveted.

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The finalists take the stage at Lazaridis Hall.

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Hack the North Co-Directors Jessica Zhang (left) and Oana Binder wrap things up.

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Filing out of Lazaridis Hall to head back to E7

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Saying goodbye after an intense few days

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Heading to the exit, past the stacks of chairs

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Catching a team photo to look back on

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And one in front of the big sign

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Don't miss your bus!!

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Tearing down the sponsor bay

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Empty slippers and a full whiteboard

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Peace out!

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Gone, just like that

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Let's see...do I have everything?

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All that's left is to take down the tent.

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Another successful Hack the North, put to bed. See you next year!

"Communitech helps tech-driven companies start, grow and succeed. Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of entrepreneurs committed to making Waterloo Region a global innovation leader. At the time it was crazy talk, but somehow this community managed to pull it off. Today, Communitech is a public-private innovation hub that supports a community of more than 1400 companies — from startups to scale-ups to large global players. Communitech helps tech companies start, grow and succeed in three distinct ways: - Communitech is a place – the center of gravity for entrepreneurs and innovators. A clubhouse for building cool shit and great companies. - Communitech delivers programs – helping companies at all stages with access to capital, customers and talent. We are here to help them grow and innovate. - Communitech partners in building a world-leading ecosystem – making sure we have all the ingredients (and the brand) to go from a small startup to a global giant."

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