Think it. Code it. Gift it.

October 21-23, 2016

What the hack is it?

We're taking coders and designers, putting them together in a great space, serving up a hearty helping of tech-based challenges, and letting it all simmer together for a couple of days.

The best part, it's all for charity. You'll be using your super powers for good — creating functional, usable tech solutions for organizations who work tirelessly to help others and make the world a kinder place. What's better than that?

On Friday, October 21, participants will form groups and be assigned to a charity to represent. After that, they'll review some challenge statements from the charity and select a problem to tackle over the 40-hour hacking sprint.

Why a hackathon?

The advantage of a big, organized hackathon is five-fold:

  • Coders and designers approach technology problems with fresh perspectives
  • Prototyping is rapid and iterative
  • A creative pressure-cooker environment is created, allowing everyone to feed off of the combined brain power and positive vibes
  • A friendly atmosphere of competitive collaboration arises (it's for charity, but you can still kick butt)
  • We're recruiting some amazing thinkers and innovators from the field to be judges

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When and where the hack is it?

We're looking forward to meeting everyone on Friday, October 21, starting at 5:30 p.m. EDT. You'll be welcomed into the inviting environment of the BrainStation Toronto Campus.

After your thought lightbulbs have blown out, the event will close with an expo, judging period and celebration in the afternoon of Sunday, October 23.

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Who the hack can enter?

Coders, techies, designers and other bright people with great ideas on how to solve technology challenges! We need you to participate!

Which charities will be gifted with code?

Over the course of the 40-hour hacking sprint, participants will work together to form solutions to the digital challenges faced by their assigned charity. The participating charities are listed below.

Blake Boultbee Youth Outreach Services

The Blake Boultbee Youth Outreach Service (BBYOS) is a charitable, community-based outreach service established in 1989. BBYOS provides a variety of services to high-risk youth and families in Blake-Boultbee, a high-density, low-income area of east Toronto. BBYOS is a key agency in the area, directly serving 12- to 25-year-old children, youth and adults with long-term counselling, therapy and life skills training.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Holland Bloorview is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities. It's a global leader in applied research, teaching and learning, as well as client- and family-centred care. Its vision is to create a world of possibility for kids with disabilities.

Prosper Canada

A national charity dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation. A champion for financial empowerment, the organization works with governments, businesses and community groups to develop and promote financial policies, programs and resources that transform lives and foster prosperity for all Canadians.

Second Harvest

Second Harvest is the largest food rescue program in Canada. Since 1985, Second Harvest has been picking up donated and surplus food, which would otherwise go to waste, and delivering that food to community agencies in Toronto. Currently, Second Harvest delivers rescued food to over 220 social service agencies.

Women’s Habitat

Women’s Habitat is an organization that provides shelter and support services to women and their children who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, financial and/or spiritual violence. The shelter opened in 1978 and an outreach centre was added in 2006 to provide support services to women and children in the community.

Toronto PFLAG

Toronto PFLAG is the volunteer-run local chapter of PFLAG Canada. Through support, education and advocacy it works to create a more accepting society for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families, friends and allies.

Heads Up!

There will be plenty of food to chow down on! Breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus snacks will be provided to keep you fueled up and happy throughout the event. If you have specific dietary restrictions or allergies, please let us know ahead of the event, so we can feed you best.


Join us at the BrainStation Toronto Campus:

460 King St. West
Toronto, ON M5V 1L7


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