Oneeleven, the advanced big data accelerator co-founded by Ontario Centres of Excellence, played host to the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE), Canada’s largest ever hackathon/appathon event, Feb. 28-March 2.
Utilizing Government of Canada open data sets, more than 900 of the most creative and innovative coders in Canada from Gander to Victoria were invited to participate in the event with more than 100 of them located at oneeleven.
“The innovation and the dedication these creative young people displayed at the event were truly inspiring,” said Dr. Tom Corr, OCE’s President and CEO and Chair of oneeleven’s board, following his tour of the event. “Fostering this kind of big data entrepreneurship was the reason we were excited to co-found oneeleven with OMERS Ventures and to have Ryerson University join as the founding academic partner.”
The apps created during the event are being reviewed by an expert panel with the creators of the 15 best being invited to pitch their apps during the CODE Grand Finale – a live judging event being held March 28 – to a panel of industry experts and potential investors in order to connect entrepreneurs directly to investment firms and venture capitalists to ensure their apps (or ideas) are brought to market.
“Over 900 coders worked diligently over the past weekend to mash up and re-purpose federal government data sets - available through data.gc.ca. The talented participants created some phenomenal apps that will help solve problems and increase productivity for Canadians,” said Hon. Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and CODE Facilitator.
“Hosting events like CODE provide an opportunity for us to see the next generation of data-driven entrepreneurs who are creating the future of our innovation economy,” said Bilal Khan, Managing Director of oneeleven.
The winning applications may go on to be released commercially either independently by the participants or in co-operation with a third party. The grand prize is $25,000 provided by OpenText, with $5,000 available to second place finisher and $1,000 for third place.