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Gillian Shaw of the Vancouver Sun reports, “Canada’s federal government has an abundance of data, and is asking Canadian software programmers and innovators to figure out how to best use it. In the first country wide open-data hackathon, dubbed CODE – Canadian Open Data Experience – Ottawa is calling on the nation’s computing and design talent to use the government’s open data to create apps that will help Canadians. ‘From air-and water-quality monitoring, to border waiting times, to information on permanent residency applications, crime statistics and vehicle recalls, Open Data has the potential to drive social, political, and economic change,’ Tony Clement, president of the Treasury Board of Canada, said in a letter to CODE participants.”

 

Shaw continues, “Clement and Ray Sharma, CEO of Toronto’s XMG Studio Inc., which is hosting CODE, were at UBC on Tuesday to talk about it and answer questions. The 48-hour hackathon starts at 5 p.m. on Feb. 28 and ends at 5 p.m. on March 2. Participants can attend the CODE VIP Hub in Toronto on Feb. 28, or take part virtually – from homes, schools, universities and coffee shops across Canada. The government’s Open Data portal was launched last year at data.gc.ca. There is a $25,000 grand prize, donated by OpenText, with a $5,000 second prize and $1,000 for third place. If you don’t know computer code from a security code, don’t worry, this hackathon could still be for you.”

 

Read more here.

 

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