Hackathon "A sprint-like event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming."

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March 24 - 25, 2017

geekspeak's inaugural Hackathon in downtown Whitby, ON

The mission

In teams of 2-5, developers, designers, and marketers will come together to build functioning apps that tackle social or environmental issues in just 36 hours.

We're looking for

Participants (designers, developers, marketers), Volunteers, Sponsors, and Mentors.

Why Join?

Participants

Collaborate: work with like-minded individuals to create a functioning app worthy of showing off.

Network: connect with mentors and businesses in the tech community and potentially scope your next big opportunity.

Learn: hone your tech skills and learn some new ones.

Have fun: enjoy 36 straight hours of fun and challenging work that you can feel good about.

Sponsors

Connect: meet your peers - business owners, senior business leaders, government officials, and investors.

Recruit: meet your next developer, designer or marketer.

Market: get your company name out there by being a Hack for Good sponsor.

Give back: mentor or volunteer during the event and support the next group of innovators.

Sponsored By:

Hack for Good 2017

Hackathon FAQ

What is a Hackathon?

A sprint-like event, typically lasting several days, in which computer programmers and others involved in software development including designers and marketing professionals, meet to engage in collaborative software programs.

Can I sign up as an individual or do I need to have a team?

Individuals are more than welcome at Hack for Good! We will place people in teams of 2-5 based on your skills so that all teams include a variety of developing, designing, and marketing expertise.

What should I bring?

Please bring your laptop and any other electronic equipment that you feel will help aid you during the hackathon. Please come prepared with your preferred software and templates for mobile app development.

Will food and drinks be provided?

Yes! There will be plenty of food, coffee, and other beverages to keep you going for the 36 hours.

What if I don't know how to code?

No problem! Hackathons require more than coders to create a finished project. Teams will also need someone with design and marketing skills to help present their final product to the panel of judges.

What if I don't have an idea?

That's ok! Some people may already have an idea but some won't. Once you get in your teams and have a chance to brainstorm there will be lots of ideas to choose from! We will also provide a list of social causes and topics that will assist you in further developing an app idea in case you get stuck.

Will there be places to sleep?

There won't be any beds available but there will be a room available for lounging and relaxing when you need a break. Please bring any items for comfort if you do want to take a quick snooze during the 36 hours.

Who will own the intellectual property used to create Hack for Good apps?

All mobile apps and the intellectual property involved in its development will be solely owned by the entire team that created it during the hackathon.

I'm currently working on an app. Can I continue to develop it during the Hackathon and still qualify to win?

You can come with an idea but since the hackathon is a competition, all apps and proprietary code must be developed during the event.

Submissions cannot have been published previously or used in another contest.