Join me and over 150 participants next week at the annual Gift the Code Hackathon here in Toronto. See firsthand how technology is helping bridge the gap between charity organizations and digital development and making our world a better place.
Post Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and something I strongly believe in.
Gift The Code Hackathon is a 40-hour hackathon that will bring together 150 UX/UI designers, coders, and developers to present technology solutions to help solve specific digital challenges faced by many charities. Charities lag behind when it comes to digital development in order to save money. Gift the Code hopes to bring charities into the future by connecting them with a pool of much-needed tech talent.
The hardest part about getting new technologies into the hands of charities is getting started. It’s not that the tools and methods aren’t available, but there’s so many possibilities for platforms, activities, and resources, it can be tremendously difficult to separate the time-saving from the time-consuming and the useful to the useless. It’s things like Gift the Code that break down these doors and change our world for the better.
“Technologies are evolving exponentially, and charities without dedicated digital resources often get left behind, impacting their ability to efficiently provide support to where it’s needed most,” said Christina McClung, Vice President, Capital One Canada. “Through Gift the Code, we are taking meaningful action to help our charity partners bridge the digital divide, continue to expand and be better equipped for the future.”
The event starts on the evening of Friday, November 3rd, where hackers will form teams consisting of four to six experts at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre. As a bonus, all code created during the weekend will be available on a public code repository in an open-source format so other charities can use it to leverage and further develop based on their own needs.
There are many people giving a hand throughout the duration of the hackathon including a mix of everyday volunteers and Capital One Canada associates. Capital One is the leading sponsor on Gift the Code and are looking to push digital for good. They’ve done a really great job picking some fantastic charities including local ones that I strongly believe in and I can’t wait to see how they implement all of this new technology.
“We are thrilled to participate in Gift the Code 2017. As the main resource for individuals on the spectrum and their families, we need to make accessing our vital information easier,” says Jeff Bomben, Communications Coordinator, Autism Ontario. “Our technology must be flexible and responsive to meet the growing needs of our community. We are looking forward to working with our outstanding teams and can’t wait to see the results.”
The following are the charities who will be supported during Gift the Code Hackathon:
● Kids Help Phone – Canada’s only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, Live Chat and information and referral service for young people.
● The 519 – A leading LGBTQ community resource, advocating for the health, happiness and full participation of the community in Toronto and beyond.
● Autism Ontario – The leading source of ASD information online and represents thousands of families across the province through 25 Chapters.
● Indspire – Led by Indigenous people for Indigenous people, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education.
● CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals – Advances the economic and social development of Toronto’s Black youth facing multiple barriers to employment.
● Sistering – Guided by the principles of Anti-Racism/Anti- Oppression, Sistering supports some of Toronto’s most marginalized women – often homeless or precariously housed – by offering practical and emotional support through programs and services that enable them to take greater control over their lives, and advocating to change the social conditions that endanger women’s lives.
If you want to follow the story this weekend, follow the hashtags #GiftTheCode and #UseDigitalForGood on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also visit giftthecode.ca to learn more. I’ll be judging the final entries on the Sunday which is a first for me, and I couldn’t be more excited to see what these brilliant minds come up with.