Code(Love) Hackathon In Montreal Will Tackle Youth, Women’s and Water Issues

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The Code(Love) hackathon is nearly here and its organizers are urging developers, designers and startup enthusiasts to sign up before the big date next week.

Sponsored by BetaKit, the Code(Love) hackathon will happen at Montreal’s Notman House from May 28-29, and seeks to “create  innovative  solutions  that  help  alleviate  real­world problems  in  the  hope  of  transforming  Montreal.”

The hackathon is set to be an exciting 48-hour challenge where teams of developers, designers and citizens gather to develop applications that address three important challenges targeted at improving Montreal: the Youth Challenge, Women Challenge and One Drop Challenge. Teams working on the ONE DROP challenge will develop an app to convey the organization’s message about the water crisis and raise funds. ONE DROP, founded by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, is a Montreal-based international non-profit organization that strives to ensure that water is accessible to all.

“For me, it’s really important that we tap into our community for the next ideas and for concrete solutions that could transform our city, but also have an impact anywhere in the world,” said lead organizer Laurence Bakayoko. “People- whether they are coders, citizens, designers (or anything really)- can make a difference and change their own lives and the future.”

The event, organized and hosted by the Montreal Hub of the Global Shapers Community, wants to raise awareness about the importance of code and to educate participants on how programming can be used to improve the current state of Montreal.

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There’s also going to be a few workshops offered to participants in “coding 101″ and “technology for social good”.

The  event  is  free  for those doing the hackathon but for those only attending the workshop a donation is encouraged. Code(Love) is also an official offsite activity of C2 MTL, the big conference devoted to creativity in business.

Code(Love) is set to be a good event for several good causes, and if it’s up your alley then visit the webpage here to sign up.

Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk is Managing Editor at Betakit. Prior to Betakit Joseph wrote for the National Post, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, Regina Leader Post, Techvibes and BC Business Online. Joseph often goes crazy on twitter during NHL and NFL games.