Retail Gen AI Hackathon

Retail Gen AI Hackathon | Fall 2023

October 5-13, 2023

This first edition of the Retail Gen AI Hackathon, powered by ALDO Group, and in collaboration with AWS, was a unique opportunity to work on a real-life problem, and learn how AI and data analytics can help retailers make better data-driven decisions within their operations.

Want to work collaboratively in a fun yet competitive environment to develop innovative generative AI solutions for the ALDO Group’s Data & Analytics Corporate Team?

What to expect

No need to have previous hacking and coding experience! Coaches and mentors from ALDO Group and AWS will be on-site during the final hacking phase to guide you with your proposed solutions.

  • The challenge will be released to registered teams via email on October 5th at 10:00 am.
  • Initial idea submission proposals from teams will de due on October 10th at 5pm.
  • Final phase participants (10 teams) will be announced October 11th at 3pm and will participate in the live hacking final phase on McGill campus as of October 12th at 10:00am through to October 13th at 2:00pm.
  • Final presentations will take place at 3:00pm and conclude with the prize giving ceremony from 5:30-7pm to announce the Retail Gen AI Hackathon winners.

Why participate?

  1. A great opportunity to innovate in the context of a real AI retail business challenge and validate solutions applied in a live scenario.
  2. Access to a 2-hour AWS virtual Insights Workshop and each finalist team receives AWS access for the hacking phase.
  3. Networking and mentoring with ALDO experts, academics, and students from different programs and faculties. AWS experts are available in breakout rooms and virtually for consultations.
  4. All finalist teams will receive swag, food, refreshments, private event space + breakout rooms at McGill event headquarters.

Prize money!

$6,000 1st Place Team
$3,000 2nd Place Team
$1,500 3rd Place Team
$750 Two category winners (TBD)


There is no registration fee. Open to McGill students only.

Registration is now closed.

The creative process

The creative process

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