Welcome to Gift the Code, a hackathon from Capital One that will help advance the cause of six local charities by giving them a technology boost!

Driven by the desire to commit as much funding as possible toward their respective causes, local charity organizations often operate on tight budgets and rarely have access to top-tier technology talent. This prevents them from taking full advantage of digital solutions that are already available. By bringing your skills, talents and unique perspective to Gift the Code, you can change this and help give participating organizations a much-needed boost.

On the weekend of October 21 to 23, join over 100 other participants who are passionate about technology and innovation at BrainStation’s beautiful King and Spadina location. You’ll work together to develop solutions that help:

• Improve the lives of kids with disabilities;
• Support individuals in the LGBTQ community, so they can create and maintain healthy relationships with their families;
• Reduce food waste and feed the hungry;
• Provide at-risk youth with counselling, training and programming;
• Fight financial illiteracy and poverty; and
• Assist women and children suffering from domestic abuse

Fighting for different causes and providing services to diverse target groups requires creative solutions and the use of relevant technologies. What better way to make an impact on your community than by joining forces with Gift the Code and sharing your time and creativity for a good cause?

MEET THE CHARITIES!

Holland Bloorview – 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, and client- and family-centred care.

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, surplus food, which would otherwise go to waste, and delivering that food to community agencies in Toronto.

Toronto PFlag – A volunteer-run, registered charitable organization. Through support, education and advocacy, PFlag works to create a more accepting society for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and/or questioning individuals and their families, friends and allies.

Women’s Habitat – 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.

Blake Boultbee – A community-based outreach service providing counselling, therapy and life skills training to high-risk youth and families in low-income areas of east Toronto.

Starting on Monday, September 5, we’ll be providing you with a weekly blog post about each charity, that will include information about the challenges they’ll be bringing forward at Gift the Code!

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT GIFT THE CODE!