A national tech challenge by Canadians, for the world

#HackTheCurve

APRIL 8 - 22 2020


Thank you to everyone who participated in #HackTheCurve

We launched #HackTheCurve and challenged teams to develop a solution that could alleviate some of the greatest difficulties being faced by Canadians as a consequence of COVID-19. Over a two-week period, teams competed for a $15,000 cash prize and $200,000 business services package.

Thank you to everyone who participated in #HackTheCurve. With more than 200 applications representing over 400 individuals, we were yet again reminded of the talent and compassion that exists in Canada’s tech community.

Congrats to Evrlinx, our #HackTheCurve winner

Congratulations to the Evrlinx team members: Aqeela Somani, Kewe Ogbaran, Lauren Bensadoun, Natasha Murji and Roger Ma.

Evrlinx is an online B2B marketplace that connects buyers and suppliers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) across Canada. Evrlinx took home the $15,000 cash prize and $200,000 business services package.

Read our blog to learn more about this new online marketplace and what’s next in store for the Evrlinx team.

Participating teams are challenged to create a digital solution that aims to help combat issues being faced by frontline workers, businesses and/or everyday Canadians as a result of COVID-19.


Examples of solutions include, but are not limited to:

  • business continuity
  • frontline worker support
  • improvements to housing and rental systems
  • healthcare improvements
  • supports for non-profit organizations
  • services helping marginalized communities
  • communication platforms
  • crisis management tools
  • delivery improvements
  • personal financial management
  • government technology solutions
  • services for seniors

Pitch competition with:

  • $15,000 in cash prizes
  • essential business services package worth over $200,000 (click here for details)
  • workshops led by experts in the startup ecosystem
  • exposure to media and government stakeholders
  • expedited application for DMZ membership
  • connections to peers across Canada
  • other great perks (details to come!)

Who can participate?

This challenge is open to Canadians in the tech community who are 18 years of age or older. Read our full terms and conditions here. If you don’t consider yourself a tech expert but think you have great insights on what is most needed, please apply, we need participants with industry knowledge too!

How are teams formed?
Can I participate as an individual?

You can apply as a team of up to five people. If you don’t have a team yet, don’t worry! Let us know on your application form and the DMZ will connect you with teammates that complement your skillset.

What are the dates for #HackTheCurve?

This two-week challenge will start on Wednesday, April 8th and will run until Wednesday, April 22nd. Judging and winner announcements will take place virtually on Thursday, April 23rd.
More details to come!

Some of the greatest startups have been built in the darkest times. The DMZ’s ultimate goal is to see a viable, high-potential startup formed as a result of #HackTheCurve.

Application deadline was on Sunday, April 5th at 11:59PM!

Big thanks to all those who applied.

Our partners

We want to thank our partners who have supported us in making #HackTheCurve a success.

Financial Partner

Payment Provider Partner

Contributing Partners

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