CODE 2015 is an intense 48-hour coding sprint where innovators from coast to coast compete to build the best app utilizing federal government data from Canada's Open Government portal.
Registration and participation is FREE and we invite anyone who is over the age of majority to take part regardless of digital prowess.
Have a great idea but can’t write code? Sign-up here, register your team and use our Matchmaking Tool to find team members to help you bring your idea to life.
Participants can take part in CODE 2015 in one of three ways:
All participants must be registered as part of a team to submit an app and to be eligible for the prizes. Teams can be made up of one to four participants. Make sure you register before Sunday February 22nd at 2pm (EST), 2015 when registration will officially close.
You can find a simple overview of the rules and regulations here.
The Matchmaking Tool was built to ensure that everyone can participate in CODE 2015 and become a part of the international open data movement. You can use the Matchmaking Tool to find a team to join, or to create your own team and recruit team members based on searches for specific skillsets.
Step 1: Fill out your Profile
Go to your profile. Fill out your skills and experience sections with as much detail as possible. This is especially important if you are looking to join a team because the information in your profile will be used to match you up with other teams looking for team members. A detailed profile highlighting your past experience and skillset will also increase your chances of getting selected to participate from one of the CODE VIP HUBs.
Step 2: Create a Team or Find a Team
During the weekend of February 20th – February 22nd, 2015, developers, designers, data scientists, tech enthusiasts, and anyone interested in building an app, are invited to participate in CODE 2015.
At 6 pm (EST) on February 20th, 2015 CODE 2015 will officially begin with the announcement of the three development themes in the categories Youth, Commerce and Quality of Life. The themes will be announced on the CODE website, via email to registered participants and through the CODE 2015 social channels. All submissions must adhere to the theme in their respective categories in order to be eligible for judging.
Once the themes have been announced, it is a 48-hour coding sprint to the submission deadline on February 22nd, at 6 pm (EST).
We highly recommend everyone head over to Canada's Open Government portal before the competition starts to get familiar with the portal and the datasets available. There are more than 200,000 federal datasets to choose from and going though all of them might very well take 48 hours and leave you no time to program your submission.
Didn’t find the dataset you were looking for? Make sure you let our government partner know by requesting it here.
Lastly, don’t forget that CODE 2015 is all about the mash-up of datasets to extract maximum value. Head over to the Open Government Across Canada page and find great provincial or municipal datasets to compliment your application and increase your chances of winning.
How and Where to Participate
CODE 2015 participation is free and all Canadian residents with legal age of majority are invited to take part. CODEers can participate in one of three ways:
More information on VIP HUBs and partner HUBs can be found here.
All teams that successfully submit a working application before the deadline will compete for the $15,000 Grand Prize, three $5,000 Category Prizes, a $5,000 prize for the best submission of a student team and a $5,000 Fan Favourite Prize.
CODE Themes Announced
CODE 2015 Hacakthon Begins
CODE 2015 Hacakthon Ends
Top 15 Announced
Fan Voting Begins
Fan Voting Ends
The Fan Favourite Prize will be awarded to the team with the highest count of votes and social shares of their team profile page. Make sure you make your team profile and application presentation as professional and eye catching as possible and activate your local communities to vote for you. Here are some tips on how to best achieve this:
The top 15 teams will be invited to present their applications to the judges during the CODE 2015 Pitch Day (March 16th, 2015) in Toronto. The judges will announce the winners at the CODE 2015 Grand Finale in Toronto on March 26th, 2015. Check out CODE 2014 Top 15 Teams here.
We will be judging submissions on five areas of competency: user experience, use of open data, innovation, potential, and functionality. Submissions that have successfully combined federal, provincial and municipal datasets to tell a unique story will be looked upon favourable by the CODE judges. Be sure to check out the detailed scoring system and the CODE judges’ profiles here.
We have put together a comprehensive list of resources to help you with your CODE 2015 projects. These resources cover a range of topics including development, business, open data, art, audio, ui/ux and much more. The CODE 2015 resources can be found here.
You can also find a plethora of resources on how to extract the most value out of federal open datasets on Canada’s Open Government Portal. We encourage all participants to head over and explore the vast content on the portal and check out the provincial and municipal open data sister portals as well. Combining federal, provincial and municipal datasets to tell a unique story with your app will be looked upon favourable by the CODE 2015 judges.
Know a great resource that should be up on the CODE 2015 resource page? Send it to us at CODE@xmgstudio.com and we will review and add it to the list.
CODE 2015 has set out to galvanize developers and entrepreneurs to develop apps that will provide value for citizens and drive economic growth. One of the ways in which economic growth can be achieved is by increasing citizen productivity.
"Declining productivity is the most significant threat to Canada’s standard of living”
- Deloitte, Clear choices for a competitive Canada, 2012
CODE open data apps can impact national productivity by increasing citizen efficiency and through the creation of new enterprises that center their business on the use of open data. McKinsey has estimated that the additional economic value added as a result of open data could globally generate as much as $3 trillion a year – and perhaps as much as $5 trillion a year. The fact that this is not an unrealistic estimate at all is proven by the fact that two start-ups have been founded or acquired to date based on their work developed during CODE 2014:
The CODE team will work with the Top 15 teams to ensure the right introductions are made to help found a start-up, get the investment needed and bring the apps to market.
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