SECUREHACKS 2021: FEB 20-21, 2021

SecureHacks is a virtual Hackathon that encourages high-school students from around the world to develop solutions that will help increase our personal security online. Within the span of 36 hours, you and your team will work together to develop functional prototypes of digital solutions aimed towards solving the challenges society encounters among these difficult times. There will be workshops, keynote presentations, interactive activities, and mentors to assist your creation along every step of the way. Near the end, you will virtually present your prototype to a team of judges, all of whom are experienced individuals in the cybersecurity industry.  


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Name: Position: Workshop Title:
Jason Hughes Technical Recruiter at Fortinet  Introduction to Cyber Security Careers
Angela McAllister Academic Outreach at The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security Cybersecurity and the New Economy: Are you Ready?
Dominic Vogel Founder & Chief Strategist at CyberSC A Career in Cyber Security
Adrian Stevens Principal Program Manager at Microsoft The Internet of Things



  1. It's Fun!
  2. Learn! Whether you are seasoned Hackathon veteran or first-time beginner, you will acquire something new out of SecureHacks 2021. 
  3. Network with professionals. Successful entrepreneurs, world-renowned speakers, and amazing mentors will participate at SecureHacks 2021.
  4. Win amazing prizes valued at over $9,000!
  5. Make new friends and expand your connections.
  6. Gain valuable skills! This is an event like no other!


  1. Apply on DevPost
  2. Follow email instructions for steps to confirm your participation
  3. Wait for a follow up email to join our Discord channel.
  4. Invite your friends and create a team. 
  5. Start Hacking!


XdHacks Mini is a global high-school Hackathon organization dedicated towards hosting high-school Hackathons to inspire more youth to be engaged with the field of STEAM. Our events are where individuals come together and use technology to transform their ideas into reality in an attempt to create a feasible solution towards solving a relevant, real-world problem.

At XdHacks Mini, one of our core values is in teaching students of the importance of interdisciplinary learning in the modern technology industry. Our focus on students developing an interdisciplinary mindset sets us apart from other Hackathon organizations. We highlight the significance of soft skills such as presenting a pitch, in tandem with hard skills like coding. We believe entrepreneurship, in addition to having a deep foundation within a skill like coding, sets students up best for the future.



  • Individuals in grades 6-12. (Participants must provide proof if requested)
  • Team size of 1-5 people. (XdHacks Mini Vancouver will help create teams for those looking for teams.)
  • Citizens of any country in the world (as legally permissible in their country)






Unlike the previous iterations of XdHacks Mini, participants will not pitch or present their project for this online hackathon. However, participants are strongly encouraged to create a slideshow about their product to go along with the video. Their product should be a prototype, user interface and front end development are not necessary for submitting a successful project. Even if the program itself isn’t finished, that is fine. Your submission should simply show your thinking process when tackling the theme, and illustrate how you plan to tackle the theme of with the beginnings of your solution. However, this is not a case competition and we want to see some practical work/coding done!


In order to be eligible for a prize, your team must: 

  • Submit a video demo less than 5 minutes long.
  • Provide your code in a some sort of public repository


NOTE: SecureHacks 2021 is a weekend hackathon -> coding of projects before the start of the hackathon is not permitted and teams will not be eligible for prizes. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$9,000 in prizes

First Place

1-year subscription to Centered for each team member

1 Sublime Merge or Sublime Text License Key for each team member

$100 Amazon Gift Card

All Participants

1-month free Starter plan to Qoom.

2-week free trial to Centered

Taskade Unlimited upgrade

$120 in Sashido credits

Second Place

1-year subscription to Centered for each team member

$50 Amazon Gift Card

Qoom Challenge Prize

Winners of the Qoom Challenge will receive a 1-year Starter plan and an opportunity to become a Qoom Creator through a Software development apprenticeship program.

Third Place

1-year subscription to Centered for each team member

Best Website Design (3)

XYZ domain

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:



XdHacks Mini Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    How effective is the solution to the target audience? How impressive was the project technically? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly original technique or various components?
  • Design
    Is the product visually appealing? Did the team create an aesthetically preferable user experience? Does the team have an accessible platform for the audience?
  • Practicality
    Is the product economically and socially feasible? Does the function of the project work? Does the project address the problem they are trying to solve? Is the solution accessible and sustainable in the long term?
  • Prototype
    Is your prototype comprehensive and able to communicate your entire project? Is the prototype functional and able to show the ideal outcome of the solution?
  • Presentation
    Does the slide show effectively showcase the project? Is there any contradiction between the slide show and the product? Did the slide show successfully and sufficiently outline all details about the project?

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