Meet our Charity Champions
We asked our Capital One Charity Champions why they chose to be part of Gift the Code and here’s what they had to say:
Kids Help Phone
Last year, I was lucky to be a participant in Gift the Code on one of the teams. It was my first experience in any hackathon. Pulling together a solution in one weekend was an incredibly rewarding experience – and the constant supply of great food didn’t hurt! I am excited to participate in a greater capacity this year and work directly with Kids Help Phone leading up to and throughout the event.
I am participating in Gift the Code because I have seen the impact that highly skilled work can have on non-profits. With skills ranging from consulting to working in software, alongside my passion to increase the impact of non-profits, it made sense to volunteer for Gift the Code. I also love the thought of helping build something that can solve a tough problem or unlock a new opportunity for a deserving organization in a weekend!
I’ve always been proud of Capital One’s commitment to supporting Canadian charities, and the Gift the Code hackathon is a supercharged way to quickly make a meaningful difference. I have been a member of The 519 since I moved to Toronto and have always been impressed with its ability to adapt to the changing needs of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m very eager to see what will come from this year’s event and I know it will be impactful for everyone involved.
I am participating in Gift the Code because not only does it represent everything I believe in (philanthropy and technology) but it is a shining example of how Capital One lives its mission to be accessible to all. As a professional event planner, it also speaks to my passion for event management and participation. I believe this particular event is something desperately needed by the community, and the organizations supported by this initiative are all phenomenal in what they do on the ground. I am honoured to be able to, in small part, support this fantastic event alongside a group of amazing people. Witnessing the absolutely amazing work that the participants produce in such a short time is nothing short of miraculous.
When I heard that Gift the Code would be an opportunity to work with amazing charities and support incredibly creative and talented participants, I couldn’t say anything other than “sign me up!”
I am excited to connect with the Toronto tech community and collaborate on an initiative that will use technical skills for a good cause. The opportunity to create digital solutions for challenges that charities are facing is exciting and I can’t wait to get started!
I am participating in Gift the Code to experience the intersection of two things I love – Capital One and volunteering. I am excited to be in an environment with like-minded people trying to solve problems for a meaningful cause.
Gift the Code is an amazing opportunity to apply my skills and knowledge to worthy charities and their causes. I am particularly excited about working with Indspire and the other participants to guide the development and implementation of unique, open-source solutions that help Indigenous youth across Canada.
CEE: Centre for Young Black Professionals
Vijay Shankar Venkatataman
I am passionate about leveraging technology to make a positive impact on the world. Gift the Code is an incredible opportunity to work closely with charities and help craft digital solutions to their most pressing challenges. I’m also looking forward to meeting and working with other passionate techies!
I am participating in Gift the Code because I want to help amplify the work of the charity partners. I believe in the power of working collaboratively and using human-centred techniques to design solutions that are most meaningful for users. I can’t wait to see what solutions are created during Gift the Code this year!
The work that charities do to make a positive impact in their community is inspiring. Any opportunity I have to gain a better understanding of the challenges that they face from an organizational perspective – whether they are barriers to scaling, implementing tech or simply improving internal communications – is an opportunity to use my time and skills for something good.
I participated in Gift the Code last year and helped build one of the solutions. I had a blast and was able to see how impactful the solution was for the charity. The opportunity to use my expertise do something so significant with such a positive impact was a great way to spend a weekend, and I’m excited to do it again!