CodeAcross Toronto 2017

For our second annual CodeAcross, and fifth celebration of International Open Data Day, we brought together the CivicTechTO community to tackle unique challenges from major government partners.

  1. Our co-founder Irene said it best during opening remarks: CodeAcross was not a typical hackathon...
  2. "This is not a typical hackathon...the government is here and we'll be working thru challenges w/tangible benefits"- @iquarcoo #CodeAcrossTO
  3. It was truly an Open Data Day to remember! All over the world communities celebrated the importance of liberating civic data and bringing diverse minds together to develop unique solutions to pressing policy challenges.
  4. Happy #OpenDataDay! It's great to see so many events showcasing the use, power, and importance of access to public data. #CodeAcrossTO
  5. "Are there any open data enthusiasts in the room?" Asks @thePaulV from Ontario Gov. Room cheers! #OpenDataDay #CodeAcrossTO https://t.co/yeIa9V4jvs
    "Are there any open data enthusiasts in the room?" Asks @thePaulV from Ontario Gov. Room cheers! #OpenDataDay #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/yeIa9V4jvs
  6. Great being in Chisinau for #OpenDataDay . Many plans have been made, we will have a busy year ahead. Thank you all for joining us yday. https://t.co/J8c1gT1AMC
    Great being in Chisinau for #OpenDataDay . Many plans have been made, we will have a busy year ahead. Thank you all for joining us yday. pic.twitter.com/J8c1gT1AMC
  7. your kids keep on talking about #OpenData & you still have no idea what it is? watch this 2 min video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HPpSzKNbZo  #OpenDataDay
  8. Open data is not just a one-day thing. It is a 365-day effort! Contribute to the Intl Open Data Roadmap https://t.co/SnwgNO2W5Z #OpenDataDay https://t.co/Nv1GQmzeA4
    Open data is not just a one-day thing. It is a 365-day effort! Contribute to the Intl Open Data Roadmap  http://bit.ly/2mUHtoJ  #OpenDataDay pic.twitter.com/Nv1GQmzeA4
  9. Opening remarks from returning speaker MPP Yvan Baker (Etobicoke Centre), and Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43, Scarborough East) kicked off the morning. The Province of Ontario and City of Toronto both brought brand new datasets for our challenges.
  10. . @cllrainslie is "dragging the City into the 21st century". Need more people doing this 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽#CodeAcrossTO
  11. @cllrainslie thanks for the shout out :) "dragging the City into the 21st century" great opening remarks #CodeAcrossTO https://t.co/JfQf2pErLQ
    @cllrainslie thanks for the shout out :) "dragging the City into the 21st century" great opening remarks #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/JfQf2pErLQ
  12. Chris Pentleton from the Ministry of Health said, "[CodeAcross] is just as much information-giving as it is information-getting. Plus really good bagels." We certainly agree!
  13. We were excited to be joined by folks from all different backgrounds. We even had #KidsWhoCode!
  14. More #KidsWhoCode! This little guy is browsing #CodeAcrossTO challenges. Maybe someday he'll benefit from the impact of some of these hacks! https://t.co/eg49xbNuZl
    More #KidsWhoCode! This little guy is browsing #CodeAcrossTO challenges. Maybe someday he'll benefit from the impact of some of these hacks! pic.twitter.com/eg49xbNuZl
  15. Noticeably diverse crowd at #CodeAcrossTO. Different ages, experiences, identities, & professions provide better outcomes! #OpenDataDay
  16. Inclusive code of conduct includes all tech ability levels at #CodeAcrossTO
  17. Excited to kick off #CodeAcrossTO this morning! Many gathered here to make a difference for Ontario. #onpoli pic.twitter.com/rKz2PBfnwY
  18. Our challenges were definitely the highlight. With such a variety of meaningful policy issues to hack, it was hard to choose just one! The hallways were full of friends voting and debating on which team to join. "We just want to make the biggest impact we can, using our skillset", said one participant.
  19. So impressed by the quality of the challenges at #CodeAcrossTO from #ongov #togov landlord/tenant board
  20. Wow - 8 awesome challenges to hack @ #CodeAcrossTO for #OpenDataDay17 Would love to see some of these carry on @ #GoOpenData May 5-6
  21. Participants are shopping around for a challenge! Here's what's full, and what's still available! #CodeAcrossTO #CivicTech #OpenDataDay https://t.co/FUbx0wRdFi
    Participants are shopping around for a challenge! Here's what's full, and what's still available! #CodeAcrossTO #CivicTech #OpenDataDay pic.twitter.com/FUbx0wRdFi
  22. Tentatively leaning towards data for students challenge at #CodeAcrossTO
  23. Our first challenge was from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Dream 2030 sought to build a tool to help students connect with post secondary programs that will help them land their dream jobs, in the careers of the future.
  24. Ministry of Advanced Education and Dkills Dev. re-imagining the digital experience for students choosing post-secondary #CodeAcrossTO https://t.co/GlnAeliMAM
    Ministry of Advanced Education and Dkills Dev. re-imagining the digital experience for students choosing post-secondary #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/GlnAeliMAM
  25. The City of Toronto's Big Data Innovation Team brought a brand new dataset, Bluetooth Travel Times. Their Traffic Dashboard challenge would have teams find a better way to predict travel times on Toronto highways.
  26. Bluetooth Travel Times: newly released data on traffic #CodeAcrossTO
  27. Jesse Coleman pitching the City's Transportation Big Data Team challenge #CodeAcrossTO https://t.co/NAQMC3feCL
    Jesse Coleman pitching the City's Transportation Big Data Team challenge #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/NAQMC3feCL
  28. Big Data Innovation Team is here from @cityoftoronto Transportation, pitching data on travel times for highways! #OpenDataDay #CodeAcrossTO
  29. Special #CodeAcrossTO #opendata release: Travel times captured from Bluetooth & wifi censors on streets & highways  http://ow.ly/D5LJ309Alb1 
  30. The Landlord and Tenant Board of Ontario wanted to make the process easier for those involved in dispute applications, hoping to make the mediation process more accessible.
  31. Landlord and Tenant Board of Ontario here with their challenge. Help tenants & landlords avoid having to appear before the LTB #CodeAcrossTO https://t.co/3SmQK4ZGom
    Landlord and Tenant Board of Ontario here with their challenge. Help tenants & landlords avoid having to appear before the LTB #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/3SmQK4ZGom
  32. Neat idea: online platform with legal info and online mediators for access for justice (landlord tenant project) #CodeAcrossTO
  33. Excited to get into some landlord & tenant problems at #CodeAcrossTO today!
  34. The Ministry of Children and Youth Services challenged participants to help design a "data dashboard" to help visualize the circumstances of young people, using multiple datasets.
  35. Min. of Children & Youth Services wants to create a "data dashboard" to learn about how youth are doing in Ontario. #TOYouth #CodeAcrossTO
  36. Data rich, info poor - no more! Help @YouthON design a DATA DASHBOARD to visualize youth outcomes & tell their story #ONyouth #CodeAcrossTO
  37. The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, as well as MPP Yvan Baker, also challenged participants to help build a Digital Pathway to help students choose a post-secondary program.
  38. Check it out: I presented my challenge to help students choose their post-secondary pathway to a good career today at #CodeAcrossTO. #onpoli pic.twitter.com/wrXHnBeQIF
  39. "What jobs are out there, what skills are needed & what post-secondary programs will get students there?"- @Yvan_Baker's #CodeAcrossTO pitch
  40. A tool to help empower patients with direct access to their own medical records was brought to us by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  41. Ministry of Health and Long-term Care on improving access and use of health data. How do we make it easy to read and use? #CodeAcrossTO https://t.co/VVOWPzx7Ws
    Ministry of Health and Long-term Care on improving access and use of health data. How do we make it easy to read and use? #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/VVOWPzx7Ws
  42. The Open Government Office at the Province brought us a meta hack: data about data!
  43. Great and important pitch by @thePaulV on how to prioritize data for release as open data #CodeAcrossTO https://t.co/n2iraSMzt4
    Great and important pitch by @thePaulV on how to prioritize data for release as open data #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/n2iraSMzt4
  44. Finally, the Digital Government department wanted to find a way to make their open data available and accessible.
  45. Digital Government Ontario's Ontario.ca challenge. Be the first to see their analytics data. Help build tools for the public #CodeAcrossTO https://t.co/EbVp2IYVQv
    Digital Government Ontario's Ontario.ca challenge. Be the first to see their analytics data. Help build tools for the public #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/EbVp2IYVQv
  46. Ready... set... hack!
  47. Challenges are underway. Lots of innovative thinkers at the Transportation Big Data Innovation Team #CodeAcrossTO #OpenDataDay https://t.co/lJ0uiGPOhd
    Challenges are underway. Lots of innovative thinkers at the Transportation Big Data Innovation Team #CodeAcrossTO #OpenDataDay pic.twitter.com/lJ0uiGPOhd
  48. Check out this very appropriate old phone speed dial in #CodeAcrossTO breakout room 327 "Data process" indeed! #OpenDataDay https://t.co/5BFP48BawF
    Check out this very appropriate old phone speed dial in #CodeAcrossTO breakout room 327 "Data process" indeed! #OpenDataDay pic.twitter.com/5BFP48BawF
  49. Jesse Coleman from the City's Transportation Big Data Innovation Team inspiring the room on today's challenge. #CodeAcrossTO https://t.co/HHQBnjIhsh
    Jesse Coleman from the City's Transportation Big Data Innovation Team inspiring the room on today's challenge. #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/HHQBnjIhsh
  50. Brainstorming underway to discuss apps to make health data more useful. Identifying needs like immunization notification #CodeAcrossTO https://t.co/DmBnTysKZy
    Brainstorming underway to discuss apps to make health data more useful. Identifying needs like immunization notification #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/DmBnTysKZy
  51. #CodeAcrossTO interesting challenge/ opportunity to learn about creating youth data dashboard. https://t.co/yZm6oSmmef
    #CodeAcrossTO interesting challenge/ opportunity to learn about creating youth data dashboard. pic.twitter.com/yZm6oSmmef
  52. Our teams were having so much fun, it was hard to get everyone rounded up for lunch! The food was exceptional, though. Hacking sure makes you hungry! Thanks to Casa Manila for the delicious Filipino food!
  53. You know it's a good event when you have a hard time getting people to break for lunch..  #CodeAcrossTO https://t.co/wAQ05VEjER
    You know it's a good event when you have a hard time getting people to break for lunch.. #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/wAQ05VEjER
  54. Lunch provided a great opportunity to check out one of our sponsors, Randstad.
  55. Come visit one of our sponsors @randstadtech at the 7th floor lounge to get more information on career opportunities #CodeAcrossTO https://t.co/cxg1AUrvML
    Come visit one of our sponsors @RandstadTech at the 7th floor lounge to get more information on career opportunities #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/cxg1AUrvML
  56. If you're at #CodeAcrossTO and want to talk about the job market, come find me at the #RandstadCanada booth
  57. Our Twitter game was on-point. Not only did we trend across Toronto, but #CodeAcrossTO trended nation-wide! In fact, Claire and Cameron found each other on Twitter, met in person, and found out they are actually cousins!
  58. Wishing everyone at @CivicTechTO #CodeAcrossTO a wonderful day of civic hacking! Wish I could be there 🤗
  59. My twitter feed is all positive & inspiring #tech today. #DementiaHack & #CodeAcrossTO in 🇨🇦, #PiParty in 🇬🇧 & #OpenDataDay across 🌎.
  60. Met a long lost cousin at #CodeAcrossTO! @CameronMcwatt - how many other #Guyanese McWatts are there in Toronto!? Do we look alike 😁 https://t.co/GmzCBB15nT
    Met a long lost cousin at #CodeAcrossTO! @CameronMcwatt - how many other #Guyanese McWatts are there in Toronto!? Do we look alike 😁 pic.twitter.com/GmzCBB15nT
  61. Getting back to business, our teams spent the afternoon working on their challenges.
  62. Overheard at #CodeAcrossTO : Let's ask what the top five occupations were out of each post-secondary program." #digitalpathways #onpoli https://t.co/uAtLTQDMcq
    Overheard at #CodeAcrossTO : Let's ask what the top five occupations were out of each post-secondary program." #digitalpathways #onpoli pic.twitter.com/uAtLTQDMcq
  63. #onyouth data dashboard streams of work: analysis, viz, web display, community engagement #CodeAcrossTO #collaboration pic.twitter.com/0Kbb9sCsuRhttps://t.co/0Kbb9sCsuRpic.twitter.com/0Kbb9sCsuR
  64. Reviewing breakout group work to strategize ways #highereducation should adapt to changing world at #CodeAcrossTO https://t.co/uY6JkmGqSI
    Reviewing breakout group work to strategize ways #highereducation should adapt to changing world at #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/uY6JkmGqSI
  65. Check out these awesome women working on the Transportation challenge! #CodeAcrossTO #OpenData @TO_Transport brought an excellent project 👌 https://t.co/072p3T1LZd
    Check out these awesome women working on the Transportation challenge! #CodeAcrossTO #OpenData @TO_Transport brought an excellent project 👌 pic.twitter.com/072p3T1LZd
  66. We've recruited some brilliant minds to provide some strategic foresight on higher education at #CodeAcrossTO @CivicTechTO https://t.co/dJ53FVxkL1
    We've recruited some brilliant minds to provide some strategic foresight on higher education at #CodeAcrossTO @CivicTechTO pic.twitter.com/dJ53FVxkL1
  67. Alex came around with cookies! #HackerFuel
  68. The final hour was a mad dash to prepare for pitches, save for a few penguin-inspired breaks.
  69. Overheard at #CodeAcrossTO : "I think we're almost ready to start asking questions about our data." #digitalpathways #onpoli pic.twitter.com/rvZMLXNl0Dhttps://t.co/rvZMLXNl0Dpic.twitter.com/rvZMLXNl0Dhttps://t.co/rvZMLXNl0Dpic.twitter.com/rvZMLXNl0D
  70. "We're through the questions, and now on to the user journey" lots of progress for the Student Pathways team! #CodeAcrossTO https://t.co/UQQU38v6hm
    "We're through the questions, and now on to the user journey" lots of progress for the Student Pathways team! #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/UQQU38v6hm
  71. Overheard at #CodeAcrossTO : "There will be a last minute scramble, but we'll be ready to go when it's time." #digitalpathway #onpoli https://t.co/HtOB5vANyT
    Overheard at #CodeAcrossTO : "There will be a last minute scramble, but we'll be ready to go when it's time." #digitalpathway #onpoli pic.twitter.com/HtOB5vANyT
  72. "Everyone has knowledge gaps, you just have to play on your strengths and focus on your dream. Never give up!" - wise words at #CodeAcrossTO
  73. At the end of the hack, groups came together to present their outcomes. Each team had one minute to present to the room.
  74. All good things must come to an end. Follow along as we go through the outcomes of today's challenges with breakout groups! #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/IjkmjxnYE1
  75. 5 hrs later...time to see the unveiling of hacker solutions to #CodeAcrossTO challenges. What did the #onyouth data dashboard team create? https://t.co/0srUTlngqd
    5 hrs later...time to see the unveiling of hacker solutions to #CodeAcrossTO challenges. What did the #onyouth data dashboard team create? pic.twitter.com/0srUTlngqd
  76. The pitches begin! Transportation is up first. Here we go with "Pitched at #CodeAcrossTO." https://t.co/Mr94aZ0GdD
    The pitches begin! Transportation is up first. Here we go with "Pitched at #CodeAcrossTO." pic.twitter.com/Mr94aZ0GdD
  77. Show real time traffic data for users on the go. Split into 2 groups and got API docs done! Nice job #TransportationData team! #CodeAcrossTO
  78. Pitched at #CodeAcrossTO : Create a portal to allow landlords and tenants to speak directly. They'd never set foot in a tribunal. #onpoli https://t.co/KJ1xka8jem
    Pitched at #CodeAcrossTO : Create a portal to allow landlords and tenants to speak directly. They'd never set foot in a tribunal. #onpoli pic.twitter.com/KJ1xka8jem
  79. The #PersonalHealhRecord team broke it down into personas, which would allow for users to specify what they're looking for. #CodeAcrossTO
  80. Using the example of #Hamilton, #MCYS Youth group saw a dashboard that has 3 parts with metrics by region. Very impressive! #CodeAcrossTO
  81. Pitched at #CodeAcrossTO: Envisioning a transformation of the post-secondary education system. #dream2030 #onpoli https://t.co/JapzH91keT
    Pitched at #CodeAcrossTO: Envisioning a transformation of the post-secondary education system. #dream2030 #onpoli pic.twitter.com/JapzH91keT
  82. Thanks Nathan for reporting back for the data prioritization group! And thanks all who contributed! #CodeAcrossTO https://t.co/HuqnzCkqA5
    Thanks Nathan for reporting back for the data prioritization group! And thanks all who contributed! #CodeAcrossTO pic.twitter.com/HuqnzCkqA5
  83. Stay tuned for detailed reports on challenges. Everyone had a blast, we can't wait until next year!
  84. Big civic education day for me at #CodeAcrossTO. The way that civic hacking gets govt staff in the room for unfettered public access is 💥
  85. Had such an amazing time at #CodeAcrossTO today!Already looking forward to seeing all these brilliant minds again!❤#OpenDataDay @CivicTechTO
  86. So sad to have missed #CodeAcrossTO today. I can't wait to hear more about all the challenges and solutions.  https://twitter.com/Yvan_Baker/statuses/838128844586500105 
  87. Had a blast today at #CodeAcrossTO! Thank you so much @UrbanDigitalTO for having me, and @GrassrootsON. @CivicTechTO is legendary! 👌👌
  88. More detailed summaries of the #CodeAcrossTO challenge groups will be available after today. Stay tuned for updates. Thank you all! pic.twitter.com/EgE21GW2uy
  89. Thank you so much to our sponsors and volunteers - we couldn't have done it without you!
  90. Wrapping up #CodeAcrossTO! Huge thank you to all today's hackers, and to the generous sponsors! #onpoli https://t.co/8F35fFL7mM
    Wrapping up #CodeAcrossTO! Huge thank you to all today's hackers, and to the generous sponsors! #onpoli pic.twitter.com/8F35fFL7mM