Grow UP Hackathon

Grow Up Cannabis Hackathon Launches in Toronto

The intersection between cannabis and technology cannot be overstated. From supply chain tracking and strain identification to potency testing and distribution management, the applications for advanced tech within the cannabis industry are staggering.

Now coders, designers, and engineers are coming together for Grow Up’s first hackathon. The 24 hour hackfest will pit some of the brightest minds in tech against some of the industry’s most challenging problems.

What to Expect at Grow Up’s Hackathon

The hackathon will take place September 6-7 in the vibrant and newly legalized atmosphere of Toronto, Canada. Participants will lock themselves away for 24 hours to brainstorm, commiserate, and develop as many groundbreaking concepts as possible.

TourBuds, Canada’s first luxury cannabis party bus, will transport winners to the stunning scenery of Niagara Falls to attend the award ceremony at the Grow Up Conference & Expo taking place September 7-8. During the whirlwind session, teams will compete against one another to revolutionize tech industry-wide.

How It’s Changing the Industry

The marijuana industry is growing rapidly and so too is the demand for innovative tech solutions within the space. Hackers will tackle concepts ranging from tracking, purchasing, and reporting to strain identification, verification, and even integration into the entertainment industry.

Efficiency and accuracy in these fields could translate to less regulation and more transparency for cannabis companies across the globe. The projects will be judged by managing directors and VPs of some of the biggest companies in cannabis, including Jay Rosenzweig (Rosenzweig & Co.), Alex Blumenstein (Leaf Forward), Matt Shalhoub (Green Acre Capital), and Rachel Colic (Pure Global Cannabis).  

Attending the Hackathon

Innovators of all kinds are welcome to apply for the event. Registration is free and additional prizes are being announced regularly thanks to sponsorships from brands like Trellis,, Hotbox, Hacker Noon, and Merry Jane. The event is an excellent opening act for Grow Up’s Conference & Expo featuring keynote speaker Kevin O’Leary.

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend innovator lectures, network with other professionals, and gain a better understanding of the complexities of the cannabis tech landscape.

The hackathon is set to be one of the most exciting events to hit Canada’s cannabis scene this year. The intersection between cannabis and technology continues to grow and events like Grow Up’s Hackathon are sure to become an increasingly vital component in the evolution of cannabis business.


  • Patricia Miller is an executive editor at Innovative Properties Worldwide. She explores science, technology, and policy shaping the legal cannabis sector. Follow her work when you subscribe to Cannabis & Tech Today at or visit her website

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