Calling on Kitchener-Waterloo startups to join us

Established startups are invited to pitch for funding at our PCH Hardware Hackathon on June 12-14 2015 at the Tannery Events Centre in Kitchener, Ontario.

The PCH Hackathon will be an application only event, aiming to attract Kitchener-Waterloo’s best makers, designers, engineers, technology-enthusiasts, marketers and designers. Participants will spend the weekend bringing products to life as they get their hands dirty building a prototype of a connected device in just three days.


This is the first PCH Hackathon in Kitchener-Waterloo and follows successful events in Toronto, San Francisco and Dublin, Ireland.

The Kitchener-Waterloo event is an exclusive application-only hackathon, which is open to 120 participants in the area. Interested participants can apply by Friday May 15 by completing a brief application form here.

In addition to time for attendees to build their prototypes, the weekend will also include:

  • Five minute pitch-off sessions for established startups (non-Hackathon participants) to pitch their prototype to a panel of judges. The winning startup will win a trip to PCH’s Hong Kong meetup in August and have the opportunity to go to Shenzhen, the heart of hardware manufacturing – takes place Friday June 12.
  • Two Panel discussions including some of the biggest names in technology worldwide – Friday June 12 and Sunday 14 (more details coming soon).
  • Public access allowing members of the public to attend pitches and talks on the Friday and Sunday night – Friday June 12 and Sunday 14.

On Friday June 12, PCH Hackathon participants will be invited to pitch ideas to the crowd and attract attendees to form design and production teams.

State of the art 3D printers will be available at the Hackathon event.

In 54 hours, the teams will go from idea to prototype with help from mentors. The event will include one-on-one mentorship, optional workshops, speakers and pitch practice. During the hackathon, participants will have access to an incredible list of resources including developer kits, prototyping tools, as well as 3D printers, CNC machines, soldering irons, and a laser cutter.

There will be cash prizes for the first place team of $3,000, and a variety of other prizes for finalists.

“Ontario is now firmly established as a thriving hub for the startup scene and we want to harness some of that energy in this, our second PCH Hackathon here this year. The PCH Hackathons have already resulted in the development of some amazing ideas and prototypes and we are now opening up the challenge to the Kitchener-Waterloo community. Hackathons are today’s garages where companies get their start.”

PCH Founder and CEO Liam Casey

“We are so thrilled to host a PCH Hackathon in Kitchener-Waterloo — one of the hotbeds for hardware in not just Canada, but the world. It really is amazing to see what people can put together in only 54 hours and I’m excited to see the products that are going to come from the inventive community of Kitchener-Waterloo.”

Katherine Hague, VP of Community Engagement and Hackathons, PCH

Pre-Hackathon Meetup

PCH will host a pre-hackathon meetup in Waterloo on Thursday, May 14. This is a free event offering attendees an opportunity to mingle with industry experts and have the chance to present their latest hardware prototypes to fellow hardware enthusiasts.

When? Thursday, May 13 6-8pm
Where? Death Valley’s Little Brother, 84 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2J 2X4. Get Directions.
Registration? Admission is free but RSVP is required here

Ticket Prices

  • Regular prices are $50 for the full weekend pass.
  • Regular prices are $20 for spectators of the Friday & Sunday demo nights.

Applicants can apply for a spot here.


  • $3,000 in cash prizes to the first place hackathon team.
  • Trip for two to Hong Kong for winning Friday night pitch team.

To learn more about PCH Hardware Hackathons, watch the video here.