Resources, Hack Tools + Data


<Hacking> The Future of Work will be fuelled with specially obtained datasets as well as curated open data. Here is our growing repository and how to access:

PaddleHR Title-Skill-Education Dataset: PaddleHR is providing a sample dataset which includes a current title, skillset, and years of experience all within the context of a financial institution. The dataset will be available for any team to download as a flat CSV file on Google Drive.

Canada Jobs Bank: The jobs bank is providing an XML of new and open Canadian job opportunities. The XML consists of information including title, salary, employer name, NOC code, number of available positions, date posted, etc. The list of jobs can be filtered by NOC code, location, work period, etc through URLs provided by Jobs Bank.

Brookfield Institute's 'The Talented Mr. Robot': Breaks down which jobs are most susceptible to automation and the number of Canadian's working those jobs. The dataset will be available for any team to download as a flat CSV file on Google Drive.

Brookfield Institute's 'Automation Across the Nation': Maps jobs susceptible to automation regionally so you can see which communities are most susceptible to the greatest labour market disruptions. The dataset will be available for any team to download as a flat CSV file on Google Drive.

Open Government: Labour market data is widely available on the Government of Canada's Open Data Portal including the Canadian Occupational Projections Survey. Employment Ontario from the Province of Ontario also provides a hub of data covering their services, training and programs. The organizing team is curating these pieces in Google Drive and invite participants to add valuable data they find.

Tools (Source: NY Hackathons)

  • Github Student Pack: If you're a student, you should already have this free resource pack from GitHub.
  • ngrok: A reverse tunnel. Run a server locally in any language and give it a public domain. Good for testing and demoing.
  • Fenix Web Server: A simple local webserver. Work on multiple sites simultaneously and serve any number of HTTP projects side by side with a simple GUI.
  • Caffeine (mac): Make sure your display doesn't turn off or go to sleep during your presentation (we've seen this happen).
  • F.lux: Save your eyes from blue light eye strain. F.lux makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
  • Vagrant: Create and configure lightweight, reproducible, and portable development environments. Don't mess up your dev box by installing all kinds of stuff that might conflict with your existing dev setup. Instead use dev environments using Vagrant or even Docker.
  • Atom: An open source and customizable programming IDE for just about anything.
  • Homebrew (mac): Homebrew is the missing package manager for OSX, it installs the stuff you need that Apple didn't.
  • BrowserSync: Like livereload but better, time synced browser testing. Useful when sharing a design to teammates and on multiple devices. Usually used with gulp or grunt watch tasks.
  • Origami (mac): Origami is a free tool for designing modern user interfaces and interactions. Created by Facebook.
  • Google Drive: We use Google Drive as a communication and organizational tool to keep the team on the same page. Don't bother emailing or dropboxing. We recommend to use 1 thing that does it all, from projection ideation(docs) to file uploading.
  • Pitcherific: Pitcherific helps with preparing and rehearsing your pitches, so you don't have to be all shaky on stage.
  • Alexa Skills Kit: Voice enable any app or service with Amazon Alexa

Design & Inspiration:

  • Pattern Tap: Can't figure out how to lay out your navigation or show thumbnails? Pattern Tap has a collection of awesome examples for almost every control and web design pattern.
  • Pttrns: Same as Pattern Tap but for mobile design patterns. (iOS and Android)
  • UX Archive: One of the best Mobile UX websites. Can't figure out a certain User Flow for your mobile hack? UX Archive lists just about every flow or user task from the best apps out.
  • Stock Photos That Don't Suck: Finding great stock photos is a pain. You're left with either low-res amateur photos, people wearing cheesy headsets, or photos that are out of budget for the project you're working on. This is an ongoing list of the best stock photo sites that @dustin put together.
  • 100 Days of Fonts: A great place to find beautiful combinations and usages of Google Fonts and color schemes.
  • User Inter Faces: A database of profile pictures for mockups and demoes (many can be used on live websites as well)!
  • Graphic Burger: An array of design resources such as: Mock-ups, UI Kits, Icons, Backgrounds, etc.


  • The Noun Project: Thousands of amazing icons useful for your hacks.
  • Icon Monstr: Great icon sets for just about anything.
  • Icon Moon: High-quality and varied icon fonts and icon packs.


  • Code Pen: An HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code editor in your browser with instant previews and tons of snippets and inspiration.
  • Cody House: A free library of very useful HTML, CSS, and JS nuggets with comprehensive tutorials.
  • Hover: A CSS3 Animation hover effects library. A quick and useful way to add a layer of polish to your interactions.
  • Start Bootstrap: Free Bootstrap starter templates for different types of sites. A good place to start and build upon.
  • Boot Snipp: Free Bootstrap code snippets for design elements. Similar to Pattern Tap but with provided code.

Reading list

We'd like to thank Business/Higher Education Roundtable, Aspen Institute Communication & Society Program, and Uber Technologies for contributing to our resources list.