Gift the Code 2018
The Gift the Code™ Hackathon is gaining momentum, growing bigger and better each year. In 2018, the number of participants increased by over 40% to more than 200 hackers – not to mention that 32% of participants were female. Held at the beautiful Globe and Mail Centre in downtown Toronto, the 40-hour hackathon kicked off on the evening of Friday, November 16 and lasted all weekend long.
Our many talented hackers formed teams and built sophisticated, problem-focused and impactful solutions to help solve the challenges of our beneficiary charities: Kids' Help Phone, The Movember Foundation, Toronto Cat Rescue, Camp Quality, The Boys and Girls Club of Canada and The Centre for Mindfulness Studies. Charity reps were moved by how much value they could get out of the solutions the teams provided, helping them to close the tech gap they face and to serve their communities more widely and effectively. The impact of that tech gap is being felt across the non-profit sector. In fact, 74% of charities say that it’s threatening the long-term success of their organizations. As a company that’s making significant investments in tech infrastructure, Capital One sees events like Gift the Code as a huge opportunity to help bridge this gap by sharing our skills, contacts and resources. We’re thrilled with the success of this year’s event.