This weekend, teams of developers, designers and engaged media consumers are taking over Maison Radio-Canada for CBC Montreal’s first-ever community hackathon.
At the hackathon, teams will use technology, to find creative solutions to a variety of problems.
All of the hacking will lead up to Sunday afternoon, when the teams will present their prototypes to a panel of judges. The top team will win a grand prize of $2,000, a meeting to pitch their idea to CBC executives, a ticket to Startup Fest, and consultations with mentors at Notman House. They will also be featured on CBC Montreal.
So who will choose the winning team?
Meet the #HackingCBCMTL judges
Nora Young is the host of CBC radio’s Spark, a show that focuses on technology and upcoming trends. Nora is interested in how new technology shapes the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. Nora’s favourite technology is her bicycle.
Shelagh Kinch, the managing director of CBC Montreal, hopes the hackathon will bring us closer to our audience wherever they are, on whatever device they are using. Shelagh’s excited to see CBC Montreal collaborating with Montreal’s creative thinkers to design and develop new possibilities for our journalism.
Philippe Telio is the founder of International Startup Fest, an annual event that brings together entrepreneurs from here and around the world. Phil says when it comes to startups and new ideas, dream big and set out to change the world.
Robert Medeiros is a Senior Product Architect in the Digital Operations department of the CBC. You will most often find Robert gushing about Lisp (lately Clojure), wrangling large data sets, fiddling with graph databases, and generally trying to automate himself out of a job.
John Stokes, an investor with Real Ventures, looks for ideas that challenge the norm and that “just make sense.” John also likes ideas with human insight behind them and that encourage consumers to become community activists.
What will they be looking for?
The goal of our hackathon is to make CBC Montreal more open, accessible and interactive. With that in mind, the winning group will be the one that creates a product that will help us serve the public better.