Frequently Asked Questions


When will hackathon projects be developed and announced?
We are organizing a Big, Bold Ideas session for subject matter experts and end-users on Friday, September 15th. Do you have a big, bold idea? Contact us to learn more about how to participate. Challenges will be announced online and in-person at a pre-hack meetup on October 3rd. Mark your calendars to join!

Who can attend?
Attendance is open to everyone of all ages and backgrounds. We ask that participants under 16 be accompanied by an adult. First time hackathon participants are welcome! Everyone will have skills to bring to the success of this event.

How much does it cost to attend <Hacking> the Future of Work?
There is a $10 registration fee to reserve your spot at the hackathon, however, all attendees will receive a full refund within 4 days following the event.

How are teams formed?
Teams will form organically following problem pitches on Friday evening. Choose the project that appeals to you most and where you feel your expertise will be most valuable.  

Must I attend the entire weekend?
Try to be there for your team and commit to the event program. We understand that commitments and last-minute emergencies may prevent participants from hacking through the weekend.

Are the travel fees or other expenses to be reimbursed?
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the hackathon. We will reimburse out-of-towners up to 100CAD upon presentation of a receipt at the event (gas, bus etc). Contact us if you’d like help finding Ottawa accommodation. 

What should I build?
Work with the designated subject matter expert to prototype a tech-based solution. Here are some criteria to keep in mind: 

  • Impact – Does this solution have a real impact for its target audience? Is it scalable? Does it solve a stated problem of the community organization?
  • Creativity – Is the solution novel? Does it approach the problem in a creative or never-seen-before way?
  • Design – How well designed is this solution? Did the design process include the user?  Is it seamless for the user?
  • Technical Achievement – Does this prototype a solution to a technical problem? 

What datasets are available?
We have access to a wide range of open datasets from all levels of government as well as shared data from some key players in the labour market field. We have begun packaging these and a (growing) dataset repository will be out and about soon.

I have a question not listed here. Who should I ask?
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