Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, a leading child and youth mentoring charity, has two challenges to offer to participants: a web plugin to connect BSBCLW's small needs to donors and a mobile web or iOS app to quickly sign up volunteers and add them to the BSBCLW's database.
Canuck Place Children's Hospice, British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider, has two challenges to offer to participants: a new website for the organization's Gift of Time Gala and an internal messaging system for their development team.
Ending Violence Association of BC (by way of PeaceGeeks) works to coordinate and support the work of victim-serving and other anti-violence programs in British Columbia. Its challenge to participants is to develop a mobile personal security app, designed to work as a 24/7 monitored alarm system.
Greater Vancouver Food Bank, a not-for profit that empowers people to nourish themselves, has two challenges to offer to participants: an app that enables a food donor to cross-reference nutritional value pre-donation and a food sort game app.
Knack aims to increase the opportunities for impact hiring through local businesses by acknowledging the diverse range of skills and knowledge of the residents of the DTES who experience barriers to traditional employment. Its challenge to participants is to build a game-like web to (predominately) mobile app that connects Earners to badges and tasks.
If you are already on a team, this event is optional. Those not on a team are required to come and learn each other's challenge ideas and form teams.
Each participant will check-in at the entrance. Information on how to set up and make themselves at home will be provided.
Participants will be informed of the challenges for the hackathon, available APIs to work with, what kind of applications they are expected to realize, sponsors, judges, judging criteria, mentors, rules and any other information.
The challenge begins! Vanhacks will come around and register teams and their chosen challenge. Mentors will be available throughout most of the hackathon to lend advice on how to tackle problems. .
Lunch will be served between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available for those who request it.
Dinner is served between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available for those who request it.
Breakfast will be served between 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available for those who request it.
Lunch is served between 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available for those who request it.
With around 20 teams participating, each demo will be limited to 3 minutes.
Winners are announced and presented with prizes: 1st Prize: $1250, 2nd Prize: $750, 3rd Prize $500.
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ViDIA, Vancouver iDevelopers Industry Association, is a group of software developers, business people and designers. Our goal is to encourage intermingling between experts and people new to iOS development and design, in the hopes of bringing about different and exciting new things.
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Online registration ends at 9 AM on March 1, 2016 or when maximum event capacity is reached. Capacity is 85 participants.
Teams may be composed of minimum 3 and a maximum 5 participants.
Participants may arrive with a pre-established team. Time will be provided on Friday night for solo participants to form teams. People are expected to know their teams by Saturday morning when they register them at 8:00 am. You will be required to select a team name and designate a team spokesperson. Individuals may only participate and register with one team. Each team is solely responsible for its own cooperation and teamwork.
Teams may begin working at 10 AM on March 5 until demo time at 2 PM on March 6. All technical designs, developed code, and production assets for each entry must be created during the VanHacks event.
Participants are expected to bring the necessary hardware and software tools to build their competition entry. Teams are permitted to use open source tools and/or code.
All solutions must be developed during the course of VanHacks. Development occurs between the start and end times of the hack. Participants may consult remote resources via mobile phone, VoIP, chat, etc., to answer technical questions, but remote resources (such as outside people sending code) are not allowed to develop or produce assets used in competition entries.
To ensure a level playing field for all contestants, all code, design, art, music, SFX, and assets must be created during the duration of VanHacks. We want to ensure that all participants start off on the same footing and preserve the true nature of a hackathon. You are, however, free to make plans, create wireframes, and brainstorm prior to the event.
VanHacks is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, previous hackathon attendance or computing experience (or lack of any of the aforementioned). We do not tolerate harassment of VanHacks participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at VanHacks. VanHacks participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the hackathon without a refund at the discretion of VanHacks organizers.
Ownsership of the solution created by participants for VanHacks is owned by the participants and the not-for-profit institution they hacked for. ViDIA & Sponsors do NOT have any rights to code created during VanHacks.
A judging panel of community personalities from a range of industries will score competitors on innovation, design, quality and impact. Teams will have a maximum of 3 minutes to present and demonstrate their prototype to the judging panel. The winning team will be announced on-site at 5:00 PM on March 6. A maximum one entry per team may be submitted. ViDIA is not responsible for any dispute regarding prize dispersal or use.
By participating as a competitor in VanHacks, participants grant organizers and participating members of the media rights to publicly disclose competition event information, review and describe applications developed and presented during the event, and rights to display event- related photos, screen shots, and links to publicly available demonstrations of contest entries. Participants may be photographed and/or videotaped during the Hackathon event. Participants agree that ViDIA and VanHacks Sponsors may use any photographs or videos obtained in this manner for promotional purposes, during or after the hackathon, in any media.
Functional demos of the solution must be done live and not through a powerpoint or prototype presentation.
VanHacks reserves the right to make rule modifications prior to the start of the event. By participating each team member agrees to abide by these Official Rules.
To be a participant you need to be either a developer or a UI/UX designer.
No you don't need to be part of a team to register. We will be hosting a Friday night social at Lighthouse Labs where team-less participants must attend to meet and form teams. On Saturday morning at 8:00 AM, we will officially register all the teams.
Generally, you’ll need to bring your computer, a charger and any other devices that will contribute to the application's creation. On top of that, you can bring things like a towel, a toothbrush, deodorant, a pillow and a blanket. Hootsuite has showers for those interested in cleaning up and there is also a small sleeping nook for those wanting a little shut-eye in the wee hours. As for food, we have you covered but if you want anything in particular there is a kitchen to make tea and prepare small bites.
Participants spend 28 hours working in teams of 3-5 people to build an application that will benefit groups from the Vancouver community. We will introduce not-for-profit groups to participants, on the website and in more detail at the hackathon, and the challenges these groups have. It is up to the participants to take these challenges and find ways to solve them through the applications they build over the weekend. In addition, mentors will be present to guide and advice participants on any difficulties they have when designing or building their applications. At the end of the 28 hours, each team will demo their working application to a panel of judges. The judges will then choose the top three projects.
Yes. Here is the VanHacks API and SDK Resource Guide.
The closing date for registration is March 1, 2016 or whenever we reach capacity. Capacity is 85 people.
Tickets are $50 each. If you purchase your ticket before February 20th, you can apply the early bird code: gets-the-worm and save $25.
At the end of the 28 hours, you should have a working application that can be demoed in front of the judges. Projects will be judged on how well the application solves the chosen problem and how well the solution works at demo time. A list of criteria will be given at the beginning of the hackacthon to help keep hackers on track. Extra points are given to those who agree to open source their project after the hackathon.
Yes there will be cash prizes. 1st Prize: $1250, 2nd Prize: $750, 3rd Prize $500.
Yes. At the end of the hackathon, you give a copy to the organization or upload it to a repo, like github, for them to download.
If you are coming in solo and want to work with others, our Friday social is a great opportunity to meet other designers and developers and form teams. Our goal is to have everyone on a team by the end of Friday night so we can quickly register the teams on Saturday morning.
If you do not have a team. Yes. If you do have a team, the Friday social is the only optional part of the weekend. The social will allow you to get more familiar with the not-for-profit organization challenges that need solving. It will also give you a little more time to discuss ideas and best ways to approach your project so you are ready to run on Saturday morning.
Yes, we only allow participants ages 18+. If you are younger and really want to participate, contact us.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org