The word "hack" is used to describe how multiple technologies can be used together in a new and innovative way, which is what we'll be doing during the Toronto Climathon. It is a climate change themed hackathon that brings together developers, designers, engineers, scientists, creators and others to use big data and turn the global warming challenge into an opportunity.
Glen Murray, Ontario's environment and climate change minister, will be welcoming you on October 28.
You will be challenged to reduce the carbon emissions from Toronto’s transportation grid (TTC, private, commercial and other vehicles) by 5 per cent within a cost-neutral framework, using big data assets that we'll provide from organizations such as NASA and Toronto's Open Data Team.
The jury will be rewarding the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams and there will be a special Climate Hero prize for the largest reduction of emissions as well as a People’s Choice award. The 1st place team will receive three months of desk space at DevHub for up to 3 people (value of $4000!), an offer to pitch at the next HackerNestTech Social and an awesome trophy to take home. The 2nd and 3rd places as well as the Climate Hero and People’s Choice winners will take home a trophy and some really sweet swag from our sponsors.
The 24 hour hack will run from Friday, October 28 to Saturday, October 29 at Lighthouse Labs, 46 Spadina Avenue, Toronto.
2:30 pm - Opening Remarks
3:00 pm - Hackathon Begins
7:00 pm - Dinner
8:00 am - Breakfast
12:30 pm - Lunch
3:00 pm - Hackathon Ends; Tools Down!
3:30 pm - Presentations & Demos
6:30 pm - Judging Ceremony
About Lighthouse Labs
Founded in 2013, Lighthouse Labs is an immersive, modern approach to teaching web and mobile software development. With a hands on curriculum built by a community of industry experts, they focus on transforming passionate people into agile programmers. Lighthouse Labs maintains unprecedented employment rates of over 95% within 3 months of graduation and has graduated over 500 students into amazing careers.
About the Climate-KIC Climathon
You'll be joining many others around the world in cities like Paris and Shanghai, let's make Toronto stand out!
The global Climathon is a 24-hour climate change event which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 28 October 2016. Climate-KIC’s Climathon brings together the challenges of the world’s cities with the people who have the passion and ability to solve them. Participants gather for 24 hours to engage in a climate-related problem solving workshop. City citizens around the world take direct climate action in their own cities by coming up with innovative solutions to local climate change problems.
Last year’s Climathon saw 19 cities around the world take part in the first-ever Climathon challenge in June 2015, check out this story by the Guardian. The Climathon engaged more than 2.6 million people worldwide to take climate action. Visit climathon.climate-kic.org for an overview of partner organisations and the climate change challenges per city, more cities from around the world will add their challenges in the months ahead. Follow the Climathon on social media via the #Climathon hashtag, and the Climate-KIC channels at twitter.com/climatekic and facebook.com/climatekic.