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