It's the final hours of the Canadian Open Data Experience, a 48 hour hack-a-thon where coders create apps for the community.
It’s not usually a good thing when you hear about people hacking into government data, but for 48 hours this weekend, students, entrepreneurs and amateur developers are being invited to comb through the government’s raw data online. The point? To come up with apps that can help everyday Canadians.
Last year's hackathon was very popular with over 900 contestants. This year's theme will be announced at the start of the competition, which has $40,000 in prize money. CODE 2015 will have hub points in Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto.
Now in its second year, the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) hackathon is targeted towards students, entrepreneurs, programmers, developers, and graphic designers. Participants will have two days to come up with a creative mobile app using open data sets provided by the federal government, with an eye to helping youth, commerce, or to improving quality of life.
Speaking from Toronto, Minister Tony Clement was promoting the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) hackathon, a contest that will see students and entrepreneurs building an app within 48 hours, using sets of data provided by the federal government.
A Hackathon is really a creative competition where you get developers into an intense environment, only 48 hours and some of the most important innovations we use everyday like Facebook Messenger are the products resulting from a Hackathon' - Ray Sharma on Canada AM
"Hackathon are extremely productive events that can result in an prototype of an actualy project. Last year out of the 900 participants, 15 teams, 3 teams were actually acquired" - Ray Sharma on CTV News
Treasury Board President Tony Clement teams up with XMG Studio Inc.'s Ray Sharma and other unnamed "tech enthusiasts" at Toronto-based OneEleven, where he will launch "a nation-wide tour" to promote the annual Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE 2015).
XMG Studios founder Ray Sharma describes the event as a 48-hour "pressure cooker" for innovation. "When we're put into tight situations, the creative element of our persona can express itself".
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