TerribleHack (2+2)/22/22

An event for making bad ideas a reality.
The same old taste, but now online via Discord!

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What is TerribleHack?

Most hackathons are about coming up with innovative new ideas and making plausible startup prototypes. This one is different. This one is about making terrible hacks! Take some time to make your bad ideas a reality.

We have a long history of TerribleHack shenanigans, both in person and virtual!

Read about TerribleHack's history

Where is it?

This year, we will be running an online hackathon on Discord from Friday April 22 to Sunday April 24, 2022. More information will be posted, but this event is open to all!

How it's going to work

We start in the evening on Friday. You'll have the weekend to work on a project. Demos will be on Sunday evening, where we'll join together for a video call to show our projects to each other. Can't make the call? Feel free to send a demo video as well, and we will all watch it together!

Sign up regardless of whether you've got a team, you don't have one but want help finding one, you'd rather make something on your own, or even if you just want to spectate!

Chat on Discord with us as you go! Invites will be circulated closer to the event. We'll also run small, optional events here and there, such as watching The Room (2003) together, or doing a virtual Bob Ross follow-along in mspaint.

Who are we?

We started TerribleHack in 2015. We were young students at the University of Waterloo, eager to temporarily break away from the pressure and professionalism of traditional hackathons. We wanted some dedicated time to mix humour and technical savvy and to share the results with our friends. The result was the first TerribleHack, and in the years since, the tradition has continued.

We are now University of Waterloo graduates. Now that time and space have no meaning, we're here to send you some much-needed levity over the wire with another online TerribleHack!


What sorts of projects do people make at TerribleHack? Here are some of our favourites from past events!


Proof-of-dab based cryptocurrency. It's like proof of work, but you can only mine blocks if the data from your device accelerometer indicates that you are dabbing.

By Marcel O'Neil, David Gu, and Curtis Chong for TerribleHack XI, 2018


Use the Google speech-to-text API to generate presentation slides as you talk! Turn what you say into bullet points and fetch clipart from the internet live as you speak.

By Tristan Hume and Marc Mailhot for TerribleHack IV, 2016

Smoke Detector Detector

Smoke detectors are disruptive and annoying, so to warn you about nearby smoke detectors, this machine starts a fire, listens for smoke detector alarms, and then alerts you when it detects a smoke detector.

By Spencer Whitehead, Alex Foley, Ethan Guo, and Scholar Sun for TerribleHack VI, 2017

Water Bird Dating Simulator

Don't lie, you've always wanted to flirt with a goose. There's something devilishly appealing about their bad boy attitudes. And now you can, with this steamy game!

By Ena Bukal, Maddy Leadbetter and Yangzi Guo for TerribleHack VR, 2020

Take a look at past demos on YouTube or one of our many old Devposts for more inspiration. You can also read about the event's history, which is also pretty dank.

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