Capital One’s Gift the Code Hackathon for Charity is Digital for Good

There are many ways we can give back to society. Sure we can give financial support but we’ve always felt that the act of physically doing something for charity is just as important. Your knowledge and expertise in a field, can dramatically help those in need. For the second year, Capital One will host the Gift The Code Hackathon – a 40-hour event that brings together charities with the brilliant minds of those in the tech field. The purpose is to find ways to help charities through the power of digital.

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Gift the Code 2016

Charities often don’t have the resources to meet the needs of the digital world nor the budget. This incredible event is an opportunity for people to learn more about the charities and find solutions that may not have been attainable in the past. From Friday, November 3 to Sunday, November 5, Capital One will once again connect Toronto-based charities with coders, UX/UI designers and developers.

This year’s Gift The Code Hackathon has over 150 volunteer participants already registered through giftthecode.ca. Their mission is to come up with solutions to help charities solve the digital challenges they face, not just today but also for the future.

We’re excited to follow along! The 40 hour sprint will no doubt be thrilling from the moment participants get together right through to the judging panel. Having a glance through some of the list of people who have already registered it’s definitely inspiring to see more women involved.

“I participated in Gift The Code last year and helped build a solution for Holland Bloorview that gamified rehab for the kids” said Mahtab Sabet, associate, Capital One Canada. “I had a blast participating but learning how impactful the solution ultimately was for the charity meant the world. The opportunity to use my expertise to do something so significant with such a positive impact was a great way to spend a weekend, and I’m excited to do it again this year!”

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Six charities were selected to participate this year with a focus on accessibility to technology and innovation:

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only national 24-hour anonymous hotline created to counsel and support children and youth on the phone and web. Hundreds of kids call in each day to share what they can’t share with anyone else including areas of sex, bullying, school, work, emotional well-being and more.

The 519 is committed to the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community. The organization responds to the evolving needs by offering counseling services including parenting resources to coming out groups, trans programming and seniors’ support. The 519 also offers leadership and consulting workshop services to groups and workplaces to help improve understanding, inclusion and respect.

Autism Ontario is the leading source of information and referral on autism. It’s one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals and their families living on the spectrum. The organization provides information, education, supporting research and advocating programs and services.

Indspire is an Indigenous-led charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people and their communities. Through Indigenous education the organization serves First Nation, Inuit, and Metis students in remote, rural and urban areas across Canada. Indspire offers shared resources, programs, scholarships and bursaries to inspire achievement.

CEE Center for Young Black Professionals is dedicated to addressing economic issues affecting Black youth. The organization offers services and support to help youth  emotionally and financially. Careers, Education and Empowerment (CEE) work to address the challenges that affect Black youth today.

Gift the Code 2016
Gift the Code 2016

Sistering is a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or in an uncomfortable living situation. The women come from diverse backgrounds ranging from substance use and mental health issues, those who have experienced, or are experiencing, trauma and violence, immigrant and refugee, disabled and those without legal status. Sistering offers a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental space for women offering practical and emotional support.

This is such a great example of how Capital One is leading the corporate world using digital for good. This creative and innovative event is a meaningful way to make an impact not just for charities but those who depend on the organizations as well. By bringing charities together with individual participants who are giving more than their time and expertise, they are giving the gift of accessibility and empowerment to those who need it the most. That’s got to feel good!

Want to see how you can get involved too? Visit GiftTheCode.ca and follow #GiftTheCode and #UseDigitalForGood on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this weekend!

The Gift The Code Hackathon takes place November 3 to November 5 in Toronto at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre.

 

 

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