Elevate Hackathon
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Gather with a diverse and inclusive community of hundreds of innovators, professionals, students and tech leaders from around the world. The Elevate Hackathon empowers people who are eager to learn and create by providing an environment for you to explore and build with mentorship and resources (i.e. data and APIs). Let us take care of food and the details, so that you can grow your ideas beyond a vision to tackle the challenges of urban growth.


500 hackers, working in teams of 4-8 individuals, including developers, creative designers, civic innovators and technical experts.
Participants will include a mix of student and early-career professionals and be recruited by directly engaging their communities as well as through the sponsor networks, campus recruiting, co-op networks, and social media.


Toronto is North America's fourth-largest city and we have a diverse and growing population representing 200 nations. Today’s leaders are facing a slew of complex social-economic challenges. We need to tap into our countries collective intelligence and create solutions around some of the toughest urban problems:
How might we create a data driven, technologically-connected city that is inclusive, safe and vibrant for everyone that calls Toronto home? What innovations and technologies will help Torontonians live better lives?

Enter the Smart City … a fully connected urban center that uses technology to improve financial security, housing affordability, environmental sustainability, communication, as well as social and economic equality for its citizens. Smart cities go to their citizens for input, apply agile methodologies and create new models of sustainability and scalability.

At the Elevate Hackathon, you’ll create the innovative building blocks of a Smart City.


Smart Economy
What innovations and technologies will define the future smart economy? How will local businesses and consumers engage in relevant and meaningful interactions that promote local commerce?

Smart Vibrant Living
What innovations and technologies will enhance our culture and wellbeing? What role can data and technology play in ensuring connection and day-to-day happiness in a smart city?

Smart Connected Communities
What innovations and technologies will facilitate healthy and safe connected communities, considering the benefits and needs of human interaction?


The hackathon will take place at the MaRS Discovery District Auditorium on the lower level.

Friday, September 21
05:30 pm: Registration Opens & Dinner
07:00 pm: Hackathon Kickoff & Opening Remarks
08:00 pm: Team Formation & Challenge Briefings
11:00 pm: Hacking Begins

Saturday, September 22
08:00 am: Breakfast
12:00 pm: Lunch
06:00 pm: Dinner

Sunday, September 23
08:00 am: Breakfast
11:30 am: Lunch & Expo Set-Up
12:30 pm: Expo Kick-Off
02:30 pm: Expo Ends & Scores are Tallied
03:00 pm: Top 5 Pitches
04:00 pm: Awards
04:15 pm: Celebrations
05:00 pm: Event Ends
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