Hackathons

 

Hackathons can help your company find solutions in real-time.

Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Health (WIMTACH)

A Centennial College student participating in a hackathon on February 25, 2019.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event that WIMTACH hosts. Centennial College students and WIMTACH clients come together around a problem or idea and work collaboratively in teams to create solutions from scratch. Hackathons provide a space for everyone to express their knowledge and creativity to technology. WIMTACH hosts them to give students the opportunity to enhance their teamwork skills, build their resumes and make a difference.
DID YOU KNOW: The word “hackathon” is a portmanteau of “hack” and “marathon”. A hack is an investigate form of programming (that is legal); A marathon represents the non-stop work people do to get to the finish line. A hackathon, then, is a way of exploring solutions to problems through computer programming and other web and mobile-based means.

What can WIMTACH hackathons offer you?

Companies

  • An opportunity to collaborate with bright Centennial College students that could become potential employees
  • Access to each practical solution to real problems (at no cost?)
  • A place to showcase what your company has to offer
  • An opportunity to problem-solve on the spot by carefully judging each solution presented
  • Practical look into what WIMTACH has to offer in terms of technical expertise and experience

Students

  • Teamwork and leadership skill building opportunities
  • A place to apply knowledge acquired in class to real-life problems
  • An opportunity to showcase your skills, network and add your experience to your resume
  • Direct collaboration with WIMTACH and their clients that could become potential employers
  • Practical, on-the-job experience on your campus

What are examples of WIMTACH hackathon challenges?

  • Create an app to perform hand hygiene audits in hospital settings
  • Create an app to capture hospital improvement opportunities
  • Invent a game to create awareness of calcium levels in diet
  • Create an employee absence app
  • Create an anti-smoking educational app
  • Create a communications system to replace age-old pagers that are still used by some health professionals.

How can I participate in the next hackathon?

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