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Hack the North expanding to host 1,500 people this year

The hackathon will take place at the University of Waterloo from September 13-15
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The University of Waterloo is hosting the 6th annual Hack the North event beginning Friday. 

1,500 people will be coming in from India, China, Germany, Ukraine, United Kingdom and many other countries to take part in Canada's biggest hackathon. 

"We have people who work in these teams or four, or up to four, and they work for 36 hours straight building technical projects. We have actually had some pretty cool projects at our event," said Joyce Shi, Sponsorship Coordinator with Hack the North. 

She said that in a previous year, someone used standard Wi-Fi hardware to scan objects through walls. 

Not only is the event expanding to include more people, the public will also have the chance to take a look at the creations. 

Co-director Corbin McElhanney said they will be opening the doors of the Engineering five building at UW to the public on Sunday. 

"It's basically like a science fair style demo, where anybody can come in, look at some of the projects that hackers have been building, get them to demonstrate the projects for them, and just get a sense for what Hack the North is about in a much more first-hand way."

As part of a demonstration for the event, there will be a CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron flying over the area.

This helicopter will then land at the University of Waterloo campus. 

The keynote speaker for the 2019 event is Jack Dorsey - the co-founder of Twitter and Square. 


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