Toronto. 24 hours. Caffeine. Headphones. Creativity.
The task: Create an app, website, algorithm or any technical creation that will help Toronto and its citizens become more productive and happy.
Participants built and coded all throughout the day and night—using the pillows they had on-hand to take quick naps—making the event tagline, “Eat, Hack, Sleep,” a true reality.
In total, 25 hacks were created, which were then narrowed down to 14 finalists who presented on the main stage to the entire group.
Check out screenshots, demos and technologies from all 25 hacks on the Toronto Hackday 2013 Projects page.
The amazing trio of judges included Krista Jones, who leads the education innovation initiative at MaRS; Adam Barker, co-founder and head of product at EmployTouch Inc.; and Jonas Brandon, co-founder and investor at StartupNorth.
Social media was buzzing with all things #HackdayTO: 365,179 Twitter accounts were reached, generating over 1.3 million impressions.
The event brought the local developer community to MaRS and engaged our brand directly with that of LinkedIn’s. We provided the space and the entrepreneurs, while LinkedIn brought their incredible platform and awesome prizes.
As someone new to hackdays, this event proved to me that Ontario is full of amazing developers who are eager to innovate—even if it means losing precious hours of weekend sleep.