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Elevate Hackathon2018-08-15T16:53:17+00:00

Toronto’s hackathon

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.

Who Participates?

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.  

Building a Smart City

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 socio-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.

Challenge Statements

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 Living

What innovations and technologies will create adequate and satisfactory urban dwellings? What role can data and technology play in ensuring a unique and innovative use of space to accommodate our growing population, and mitigate the adverse impacts of gentrification?

Smart Connected Communities

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

Prizes

There is a total of $18,000 available in prize money for teams that participate and win as well as complimentary passes to Elevate Tracks, consulting services to help solutions get to market and exposure beyond the Hackathon.

1st Place Team: $10,000

2nd Place Team: $5,000

3rd Place Team: $3,000

The prize amount will be split equally between all members of that team.

To learn more about the judging process please click here.

2018 Leaders & Mentors

Leaders in the tech industry will get together at the Elevate Hackathon to inspire and interact with hackers. Stay tuned for this year’s mentors, speakers and judges.

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Become a Partner or Sponsor

Our sponsors and partners are leaders in technology and innovation.  They are committed to building a world-class technology ecosystem to empower Canada’s emerging and established data science, developer, designer talent and entrepreneurs to create something they’re proud of that can make our communities better. Interested in sponsoring? Click here.

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