Scotiabank Hack IT: Debt Challenge


What is the Scotiabank Hack IT: Debt Challenge hackathon?

The Scotiabank Hack IT: Debt Challenge hackathon is a technology competition where over 100 innovators compete to create a digital experience that helps Canadians manage their debt and become better off.

How can I register to participate in Scotiabank Hack IT?

Registration is easy! All you have to do is create a Hackworks account using Facebook, Google+ or an email address and join the Scotiabank Hack IT hackathon. Click the “Register” button on the Scotiabank Hack IT websites homepage or click “Sign In” in the top right corner of any page. From there, choose the “Sign Up” option and follow the directions.

A Hackworks account will allow you to easily register for hackathons presented by Hackworks.

Who can participate in Scotiabank Hack IT?

The Hackathon is open to all residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) of the legal age of majority or older in their province or territory of residence except for employees of Scotiabank, Hackworks and any named sponsors, and their family members or household members (related or not). For more information on eligibility please see the full rules and regulations.

Where is the competition?

The Scotiabank Hack IT competition will take place at the brand new Scotiabank Centre at 11 Adelaide Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5H1N1. The closest Subway station is King Station on the Yonge University Line.

When is the competition?

The Scotiabank Hack IT hackathon officially kicks off on Friday, February 5th at 6:00pm and ends on Sunday, February 7th at 6:30pm.

How do I create a profile?

Once you’ve registered, your profile will automatically be created. We recommend adding a profile picture, your skills and experience and contact info. Adding information about yourself to your profile is especially important if you are looking to join a team or are looking to recruit team members to help execute on your own idea.

How do I edit my profile?

To edit your profile you must be logged in, then click your profile icon located in the top right corner of the website.

How many people can be on one team?

Teams can be made up of one to eight people. Individuals can only be on one team.

How are the teams being formed for Scotiabank Hack IT?

There are several ways you can find teammates or join an existing team:

In Person:
To give participants a chance to get to know each other in the real world and fill your bright brains with lots of information, a workshop is scheduled on January 27th at Steelcase, 200 King Street West, Suite 2400, Toronto. Colour coded nametags will be available to make it easy to identify potential teammates with skills that complement your own.

Teams can also be formed on Friday night right before coding begins. If you’re having trouble finding a team or finding a teammate, make sure to introduce yourself to a Hackworks team member on site. He/she will help you find your perfect match.

On Slack:
All registered participants are invited to join the conversation on Slack, exchange ideas with fellow participants and recruit team members. If you are registered and have not received an invitation to the Slack channel, please contact us.

Using the Matchmaking Tool:
The matchmaking tool on the Scotiabank Hack IT website is a great way for participants looking to join a team, and teams looking for additional members with certain skills, to find each other. Simply register, create your profile and start searching for teams to join; or go on to create a team page and start recruiting teammates with skillsets that will complement your own.

Every team needs to be registered on the on the Scotiabank Hack IT website to be able to submit and be eligible for prizes.

I have a confirmed ticket to Scotiabank Hack IT, what can I do to prepare?

Scotiabank Hack IT Workshop:
Attend the workshop leading up to hackathon and arm yourself with the information and know-how you need to succeed. This will also give you a chance to connect and build teams prior to the hackathon and engage with Scotiabanks’ financial experts for inspiration and insights.

Stay Connected:
Keep an eye on the Scotiabank Hack IT website for more news, register for the Scotiabank Hack IT updates as well as follow us on Twitter & like us on Facebook to never miss an announcement. Lastly, make sure you join the conversation on the Scotiabank Hack IT Slack channel to discuss your ideas with participants and get feedback from the Scotiabank mentors.

Resource Page:
Check out the Scotiabank Hack IT resource page to find useful tools that will help you develop your debt-relief focused submission, a list of coding resources and a recommended reading list. Resources will continue to be added up until the hackathon, so keep checking back.

I have a confirmed ticket for the hackathon but can’t make it to the workshop. Do I lose my spot for the hackathon?

No, absolutely not. Although participants are strongly encouraged to come talk with our financial experts and network with potential teammates, attendance is not mandatory. For those who are unable to attend the workshop, a recap will be posted on the Scotiabank Hack IT website after the event.

Do I have to stay at the Scotiabank Centre for the duration of the hackathon?

The Scotiabank Centre will be open for the duration of the hackathon and participants are encouraged to spend as much time on-site as possible – after all, that’s half the fun of participating in a hackathon! However, participants are welcome to come and go as they please.

Will meals be provided at the hackathon?

Yes, there will be meals, snacks, and beverages provided during the entire weekend of the hackathon. We will do our best to meet dietary needs, but cannot guarantee everyone’s requirements will be met. If you have any special dietary needs please contact us.

Who owns the ideas, outputs and solutions at the end of the Scotiabank Hack IT hackathon? Do they remain proprietary to the teams that developed them?

The outputs of Scotiabank Hack IT are owned by the individuals and teams who create them. If the team decides to sell or license their IP to a third party, Scotiabank has first right of refusal. If the team is interested in selling or licensing their IP to a third party, as the sponsor of the hackathon, Scotiabank requests first right of refusal.

For more details, please check out the full rules and regulations.

How will my application be judged?

We will be judging Scotiabank Hack IT submissions on five different criteria: Impact, Innovation, Functionality, User Experience and Presentation in two phases. This allows multiple judges to see every submission and ensures the great submissions rise to the top.

Submissions will first be reviewed by a committee of judges during science-fair-style judging to narrow the teams down to the top three. The top teams will then pitch to a panel of judges in front of a live audience and, after a short deliberation, the winners will be announced.

For more information on the scoring format, and judging criteria please download the judging criteria.

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