Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat



Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

January 06, 2014 13:49 ET

Minister Clement Promotes CODE Appathon with Mohawk College Students

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 6, 2014) - Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

The Government of Canada is supporting and promoting its first national Open Data appathon entitled the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE), slated for the end of February. Tech developers, students and Open Data enthusiasts will be challenged to turn valuable data into useful and user-friendly apps, and the winning teams will be rewarded with prizes.

Treasury Board President Tony Clement was in Hamilton today to promote CODE at Mohawk College. CODE is part of the Government's effort to promote the kind of technological advances that lead to the start-up of new businesses, economic expansion and job creation, as well as social benefits, like using data to save time in our day-to-day schedules.

To fully harness the powers of Open Data, the Government of Canada is releasing data sets into the hands of entrepreneurs and other open data enthusiasts-through data.gc.ca, Canada's federal Open Data Portal.

Quick Facts

  • The Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) is a 48-hour appathon taking place from Friday, February 28 to Sunday, March 2, 2014.
  • CODE participants can apply to participate at a centralized HUB in Toronto or they can participate remotely from their homes, schools, or their local coffee shop.
  • At the end of the CODE appathon, participants will submit their completed apps online to be evaluated by a review panel.
  • The top 15 teams will be invited to the CODE Grand Finale event on March 28, in Toronto, where they will pitch their apps during a live judging event.

Quotes

"Our Government is promoting and supporting CODE to encourage entrepreneurial innovation that leads to the start-up of new business, economic expansion and job creation," said Minister Clement. "Innovations like the apps created at CODE will ensure Canada remains at the forefront of the global Open Data movement."

Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board

"Mohawk students are keen to participate in challenges like these with other coders and developers. Highlighting new trends in technology through collaboration between the federal government and industry will help our students grow in knowledge and experience. What better way than to use our own federal government Open Data to impact both our students and the world around them."

Tony Thoma, Dean, Engineering Technology, Media and Entertainment, Mohawk College

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