Gift The Code 2018

This year’s Gift the Code is going to be a smash! The third annual Gift the Code Hackathon will take place at the new, beautiful Globe and Mail Centre in downtown Toronto.

Since 2016, the Gift the Code Hackathon has had a simple purpose at its core: to help our community leveraging our collective skills and use digital for good to help bridge the tech gap faced by local charities.

Gift the Code brings together coders, developers, designers, coaches, mentors and many more smart people, and we pair them up with charities. We're looking for a diverse group of keeners with big brains and even bigger hearts. All experience levels are welcome. Everyone works together over an intense weekend to solve a problem and have an amazing time. The challenges are positive, the end result is reusable, open-source code that can be used by anyone, and we're all in good company.

Event Format and Schedule

Gift the Code is a weekend-long event. The heart of the event is to do some good, necessary work to support our local communities, and it’s also a genuinely good time. People meet each other and make friends, there are amazing speakers and judges, the food is divine – it’s not unlike a brainy, entertaining party that’s catered and comfy.

Here’s what you can expect this year:

Friday, November 16

The event kicks off on Friday evening. We’ll have dinner together and get to know one another a little. After that, everyone will break into teams and choose a charity to work with. The night is all about getting oriented and figuring out what we’ll be doing over the weekend.

6:00 p.m.: Registration
Dinner, Team Formation, Networking Cocktails
7:30 p.m.: Kick-off
8:15 p.m.: Team Registration
Choose your charity and challenge
9:00 p.m.: Charity Briefing
Meet with your charity representative(s)
12:00 a.m.: Late-Night Snack

Saturday, November 17

Saturday is spent learning more about the unique challenges each charity is facing, determining what needs to happen to help to solve it and then working out how to go about doing just that.

The rest of the hackathon is spent working together on the problem! It’s busy, it’s fast-paced, it’s energetic – but there are lots of breaks, lots of spots to chill out and plenty of scrumptious snacks to get you through the crunch.

9:00 a.m.: Breakfast
12:00 p.m.: Lunch
6:00 p.m.: Dinner
12:00 a.m.: Late-Night Snack

Sunday, November 18

The whole thing ends with a big celebration where everyone can see how much they’ve all accomplished and bask in the sweet glow of a weekend well spent.

9:00 a.m.: Breakfast
12:00 p.m.: Coding Ends &Lunch
1:00 p.m.: Expo
3:00 p.m.: Top 6 Presentations
4:00 p.m.: Celebration
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