Join us for a Hackathon here in Ottawa June 27-29th, 2014
We’ll be working to build solutions to address challenges faced by non-profits, humanitarian and community organizations.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Hackathon?
A hackathon is an event where people get together (usually over a weekend) to try and build a prototype to solve some problem defined by the event.
At RHoK Ottawa, we are going to build open source software that solves hard problems facing humanity and humanitarians. For example, we are working with Amnesty to build a tablet app to help collect signatures.
What do you mean by hack? Like breaking into computers and wrecking other people’s stuff?
Most certainly not! We’re using the word “hack” here in it’s original sense: To come up with a clever and unconventional solution to a problem.
Do I have to be a “hacker” to participate?
Not at all! Building great software requires designers, developers and people who are familiar with the problems we are solving, but most importantly we need people who are passionate about solving problems.
Do I have to have a lot of experience?
No! Hackathons are a great way to learn from people with more experience or to learn from people who have skills completely different from your own. If you are just getting started with CSS or want to know more about web pages we want you there
What do I need to bring?
We strongly recommend that you bring a laptop, since we are building software at the event, but it’s not absolutely essential.
What do you expect people to build in a weekend?
To be very clear, it’s really hard to build something complete and working in a weekend. If at the end of the weekend, your team only has card board prototypes of an app flow, that’s perfectly ok! The whole point of a hackathon is to get people with different skill sets together to try and solve a problem.
Schedule for Friday, June 27th
||Friday, June 27th
||Event begins: snacks and drinks to be served
||Let the hacking begin!
||Lounge closes for the evening
Schedule for Saturday, June 28th
||Saturday, June 28th
||Coffee and breakfast served
||Venue closed for the night
Schedule for Sunday, June 29th
||Sunday, June 29th
||Breakfast and coffee served
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