Capital One Canada, with the support of Hackworks, will kick off its Gift the Code Hackathon on Friday, October 21, 2016 to Sunday, October 23, 2016. In just 40 hours, over 100 participants passionate about problem solving will brainstorm, build and submit technology solutions to address specific digital challenges faced by six Toronto-based charities.
Driven by the desire to commit as much funding as possible toward their respective causes, local charity organizations often operate on tight budgets which can prevent them from taking full advantage of digital solutions and top-tier technology talent that could help advance their mission even more. The Capital One Canada Gift the Code Hackathon aspires to change this and give participating organizations a much-needed boost.
Introducing the charities:
• 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.
• 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.
• Toronto PFlag
- A volunteer-run, registered charitable organization. Through support, education and advocacy, Toronto PFlag works to create a more accepting society for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families, friends and allies.
• Holland Bloorview
- Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities. It is a global leader in applied research, teaching and learning, and client- and family-centred care.
• 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.
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