How You Can Hack Solutions for Six Toronto-based Charities

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How You Can Hack Solutions for Six Toronto-based Charities

Spend a weekend using your tech skills to make your community a better place.


Lots of worthy non-profits face similar challenges—they’re in touch with their communities and the policies that affect them, and focus their limited resources on this expertise. This means that they often aren’t in a position to invest in technology solutions and tech talent, thus creating a digital divide in the non-profit world.

In steps the Capital One Gift the Code Hackathon, which will bring together over 100 developers, designers, and community leaders to work on solutions for six Toronto-based charities.

Participants can come to the event as part of a team, or pod, or get assigned to one when they get there. Teams of four to six people will work collaboratively to come up with a technology solution for a local non-profit. At the end of 40 pressure-filled but fun hours of brainstorming, hard work, and snacks, they’ll present their prototype (and see what everyone else was up to as well).

The weekend-long hackathon will take place from October 21–23 at BrainStation’s Toronto campus at King and Spadina.

The hackathon will be hosted be tech expert, author, and journalist Marc Saltzman, and will be supported by volunteers and Capital One Canada developers.

Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served—because coding needs fuel.

Nathalie Clark is the Managing Vice-President for Capital One Canada, and is excited about the potential for the hackathon to bring together top technology talent with deserving causes. “Through this hackathon, we are taking meaningful action to help our charity partners bridge the digital divide and continue to expand and grow into the future.”

The charities include:

You can sign up for the Capital One Gift the Code Hackathon here, where you can use your tech-related skills to support the community around you.

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