gift the code


Think it. Code it. Gift it.

The challenges that face small charities on a daily basis can be endless. Funding, support and finding great human capital are all issues that can hinder the development of small charities. Although these problems pop up regularly, one of the biggest problems small charities face is keeping up with the ever-changing demand of technology.

With this is mind, we are very excited to announce that from Friday, October 21, 2016 to Sunday, October 23, 2016, Capital One Canada, with the support of Hackworks, will host a hackathon dubbed Gift the Code. Over a 40-hour time period, the event will bring together over 100 participants passionate about problem-solving. It will facilitate an environment for individuals to brainstorm, build and submit technology solutions created to address specific tech-based problems and challenges faced by six Toronto-based charities.

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“Smaller charities face an enormous challenge with respect to advanced technology solutions,” said Nathalie Clark, Chief Operating Officer, Capital One Canada. “Through this hackathon, we’re taking meaningful action to help our charity partners bridge the digital divide and continue to expand and grow into the future.”

Events like this are so important because they fuse the great pool of talent held in the city of Toronto with organizations that truly need their help to succeed. By coming up with creative solutions to the technological problems that these six charities face, it allows the organizations to focus on what they do best – helping those in need.

The event will be hosted by tech expert Marc Saltzman and the 40-hour coding sprint will bring the talents of the coding volunteers and Capital One Canada developers together as they group off into teams to create the best digital solutions they can for the problems outlined by the six partner charities.

If you think you have the chops to be one of the 150+ coders, strategists, copywriters or UX/UI designers, sign up and give your time to a charitable cause. It’s a great event that can truly benefit from your support.

Check out the charities you can help below:

  • Blake Boultbee – A community-based outreach service providing counseling, therapy and life skills training to at-risk youth and families in low-income areas of east Toronto.
  • Prosper Canada – A national charity dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation. A champion for financial empowerment, the organization works with governments, businesses and community groups to develop and promote financial policies, programs, and resources that transform lives and foster prosperity for all Canadians.
  • Holland Bloorview – Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities. It’s a global leader in applied research, teaching, and learning, and client- and family-centred care.
  • Second Harvest Second Harvest is the largest food rescue program in Canada. Since 1985, Second Harvest has been picking up donated, surplus food, which would otherwise go to waste, and delivering that food to community agencies in Toronto.
  • Toronto Pflag – A volunteer-run, registered charitable organization. Through support, education and advocacy, Toronto Pflag works to create a more accepting society for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families, friends and allies.
  • Women’s Habitat – An organization that provides shelter and support services to women and their children who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, financial and/or spiritual violence.

To learn more about the Gift the Code hackathon or to participate, visit:

This post was sponsored by Capital One Canada but our opinions are, as always, our own.