"It’s like nothing I’ve attended before, it’s high-quality people working on interesting technical challenges with really cool companies"

Ismail Syed, deCODE '16 Participant, Shopify team


Delivered by the Legacy Conference, deCODE connects the brightest (and hypest) engineers, designers and computer science students with startups across the country, for two days of hacking and recruiting. deCODE now in its fifth iteration, is taking place in four different cities across Canada.





OTTAWA  //  march 31-1

VANCOUVER  //  May 6-7

Companies we work with


Work alongside company engineers and student teammates to tackle a problem presented by the company themselves


Learn about company culture and technology first-hand through collaboration and lightning talks


Meet some of Canada's brightest students and easily network with company engineers and recruiters.

  • The people who got selected were awesome. Just awesome.

    deCODE, November 2015

  • I like how it was organized, as well as the menu. The startup I worked for had great mentors who were willing to not only help during the hackathon but also after if anything they could assist with.

    deCODE, April 2016

  • The fact that it was a cooperative environment, the people were very friendly, and I learned a lot."

    deCODE, November 2016

  • In a short span of time the way, we got a taste of whole software development life. It was different and interesting than plain coding.

    deCODE, November 2016

  • Imagine an interview with a chill startup and a hackathon had a baby - that’s deCODE.

    deCODE Participant, November 2015

  • Great place to meet top quality talent. I would’ve really benefitted from this experience as a student.

    Bilal Ahmad, Amazon Software Engineer, April 2016

  • A remarkably effective way for companies to connect with, engage, and recruit young software talent.

    Allan Wille, Founder & CEO of Klipfolio Inc, October 2016







Community Partners


What is deCODE?

deCODE is an exclusive initiative which invites selected hackers to work alongside company engineers to create innovative solutions to problems the companies themselves face.

Giving these hackers the chance to collaborate with industry experts and gain first-hand experience with their technology.


Who can participate?

Anyone with coding knowledge can apply, however, only selected hackers will be able to participate.

Selected students will be notified a few weeks prior to the event.


How much does it cost?

Gratis (FREE) :)
Admission and participation is free, and covers the food costs, lodging and swag for the two days of hacking.


Do you offer travel reimbursements?

Yup! Send your receipts to we@hackdecode.io after the event, and we'll either send you a cheque or e-transfer - your call!


How big are the teams?

Students will be placed in teams of 7, and will be accompanied by engineers from their selected company.


Do I get to keep the project after the event?

Hell yeah! We always try to ensure the workshops are as non-confidential as possible.

(It's not free labour)


What should I bring?

Your talent and laptop.


How do I attend?

Go ahead and apply for our upcoming events this Spring!

We'll be sending out acceptances closer to the dates of the event, so keep an eye out for our emails!

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