How Our Hackathons Work

We run free data science hackathons for Grades 5-12 classrooms in Canada. Our hackathons are designed to be collaborative and competitive, where students solve a problem by “hacking” or analyzing an open dataset over a set time period. Currently, we offer both online and in-person hackathons, and follow provincial health regulations and rules with respect to COVID-19.

How our online hackathons work

  • Students need a secure internet connection to participate.
  • The hackathons typically run over a single day, or for 2-3 days.
  • Students attend a virtual launch event, led by Callysto experts, to get an overview of the hackathon challenges and ask questions.
  • Students work independently (or in groups) on their hackathon challenges.
  • Virtual or in-person support sessions from Callysto experts are available, as needed.
  • Students submit their analyses and final reports to the Callysto team for judging.
  • Callysto announces the hackathon winners.

Hackathon offerings

  • Virtual or in-person hackathons: Grades 5-12 teachers (or school districts) can ask Callysto to organize the hackathon. We handle the event from start to finish.
  • Hackathon resources: Callysto can provide resources and materials for Grades 5-12 teachers in Canada looking to host their own hackathons. We also have a hackathon planning guide to help you get started.

Teacher Training

We provide free group, or one-on-one training for Grades 5-12 teachers in Canada about:

  • How to use Callysto in the classroom
  • How to help students learn to interpret graphs
  • How to create a data science hackathon
  • How to use data science in everyday classroom curricula

Customized Data Science Learning Modules

We help Grades 5-12 teachers in Canada create customized data science modules to fit their curricula, and student needs. For more information please email

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