Capital One: Gift the Code
The Gift the Code hackathon is a Capital One Canada initiative to provide local charities with a tech boost in a creative and innovative manner. Through Gift the Code, Capital One connected with the tech community and has created a successful recruiting pipeline of developers, data scientists, and product designers. The hackathon successfully helped close the technology gap of local charities and not-for-profits.
Over a 48-hour hackathon at the Globe and Mail Centre, more than 650 hackers worked tirelessly to help solve the challenge facing their charity.
Developed event strategy and generated a project plan
Designed event experience and finalized logistics
Utilized Hackworks platform for submission management, team assignment, and judging
Acquired stakeholders - charities and partners
Recruited judges, mentors, participants, and speakers
Ran hackathon and provided support for a successful hack
Since 2016, the Gift the Code Hackathon has had a simple purpose at its core: to help our community leveraging our collective skills and use digital for good to help bridge the tech gap faced by local charities. Hence, teams were able to choose the charity they would like to identify solutions for, and worked along with their charity representative to learn more about the unique challenges the charity is facing to determine what needs to happen to help solve it.
Ultimately, Capital One and Hackworks have been able to bring together over 650 generous tech enthusiasts, digital strategists, and social good experts to help bridge the technology gap faced by many charity organizations.