Tuesday, June 22, 2021

In praise of hackathons

As various levels of government in Canada join the open data movement, it raises a question: What can you do with all that data, and who’s going to do it? The answer, according to Romy Ilano, founder of a U.S. mobile shopping startup, is hold a hackathon. Her report here on the recent Code for Oakland event  is filled with joy.

OK, it comes from an IT enthusiast, but as she writes, “Who wouldn’t want to spend a weekend meeting smart, passionate people pushing forward to make stuff for the world to use? This is fun!”

You, too, could put in a few hours helping neighbors figure out how to get more muscular with MPs. Or help mentor a youngster.
 
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Howard Solomon
Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@] soloreporter.com

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