On November 4th, 350 of the most out-of-the-box student thinkers from across Canada will descend on Peterborough for Trent University’s first ever Hackathon. Research in Motion and the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster have come on as major sponsors for the event, among others.
Electric City Hacks, partnered with Major League Hacking, is a 36 hour event taking place November 4th to 6th in Gzowski College (First Peoples House of Learning) in Trent University’s Symons campus. This Hackathon will challenge student innovators to design, build, and demonstrate their developments.
Electric City Hacks has invited all post secondary and highschool students interested in the development, innovation and progression of technology to apply. They are expecting over 350 students from across the country to take part in this collaborative event. Creating an environment for students to learn, create and excel, Electric City Hacks will also be a fantastic chance to vie for future employment as many of their sponsors will be sending representative scouts to find student talent in the tech industry. Other sponsors include TD Financial, Fresh Books Cloud Accounting and TribalScale.
“We are extremely excited to support the first ever Electric City Hacks at Trent University. Hackathons are a fantastic way to expose talent, grow, recruit and bring new innovative companies to Peterborough,” says Michael Skinner, President & CEO of the Innovation Cluster.
Over a dozen workshops will be taking place over the course of the weekend targeting both university students as well as high school students to highlight the possibility of tech. How to code, robotics and a hackathon bootcamp for highschool students are just a few examples of the amazing workshops that will be held throughout the 36 hour event.
“We decided to hold Electric City Hacks because we saw how many opportunities it brought to the schools that hosted them, and how it completely revolutionized tech industries in each community,” says Dexter Fichuk of EC Hacks.
The entire event, breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks will be provided to participants free of charge. There will also be designated sleeping areas and the Innovation Cluster will be hosting the ‘Chill Zone’ with beanbag chairs for the hackers to think creatively and relax. The Innovation Cluster will also provide Chimp Treats’ NiceCream in the ‘Chill Zone’ to participants of their pitch workshop!
Electric City Hacks notes that anyone interested in technology and innovation is still able to apply to be apart of Electric City Hacks. To apply please visit: http://2016.echacks.xyz/.