MIC Toronto Hosts Social Good Hackathon

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The Social Good Hackathon was a great weekend in Toronto for young adults

MIC Toronto Hosts: Social Good Hackathon – March 31/April 1, 2017

While most people spent the last weekend of March welcoming in spring with April Fool’s Day pranks and spring cleaning, 50 highly enthusiastic individuals between the ages of 18-29 spent their weekend at the Social Good Hackathon working in earnest to create creative solutions for three local Toronto charities.

Some of the Social Good Hackathon Organizers from MIC Toronto, CIBC, and Sandbox by DMZ

The Social Good Hackathon was the brain child of four sponsors: Capgemini’s MIC Toronto Chapter, CIBC, Red Academy, and Sandbox by DMZ . After two months of intensive planning, marketing, and co-ordination, the Social Good Hackathon came to fruition with overwhelming success! It garnered so much interest (600+ people ranging from university students to industry professionals) that this event was picked up by journalism students as well as local, startup-specific, and national media. Interest for this event wasn’t just at the participant level either. Over 20 mentors from over 10 companies volunteered their weekend to come in and help our hackers create their solutions. Even registrants who were declined an invitation to participate as hackers (we didn’t have enough space for everyone interested in the event!) asked to volunteer for the cause.

 "The Social Good Hackathon was one of the best I have ever attended because its focus was on actual tangible solutions for charities. The event was refreshing and inspiring. Not only did we make an impact but also made a couple of friends in the end. Cheers!"

Social Good Hackathon Participants, Volunteers and Organizers pose at Sandbox's Foam Mountaint

Mentor at the Social Good Hackathon speaking to participants

Similar to what one of our teams said about their solution, the Social Good Hackathon event was a “Win. Win. Win.” As part of the MIC and an active team organizing this event, our own members were able to develop skills outside of their day-to-day jobs while meeting our mandate to promote and empower the Millennial generation workforce to innovate and solve business problems. As participants, hackers were able to continue to develop and refine their skills in an inclusive community focused on team work and contribution knowing that their ideas and solutions have huge beneficial impacts to these charities. As charities, the organizations receive innovative ideas, solutions, and a new network of people excited to solve their business problems and help them focus their time and resources on what’s important – their cause.

Participants listening to each other's presentations on the Sandbox's foam mountain

Special thanks to our executive sponsors Alexis Zamkow and Joeri Van Geystelen – The MIC Toronto chapter is proud to have such enthusiastic and amazing sponsors! We really couldn’t have done this without you – thank you!


Loved what you saw? Want to know more about how the Social Good Hackathon was planned? Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming blog post in May where we will explain how our team planned and managed a Hackathon.

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