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North Okanagan Talent Hackathon | Explained

Calling all out-of-the-box thinkers who are motivated to build talent solutions!

Entrepreneurs can’t build great companies alone. Finding and retaining top talent and skilled knowledge workers continues to be a key issue for business owners not just in the Okanagan but across the country. If we want to build a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem and increase the number of businesses that scale in the Okanagan, we must address this challenge.

With the recent opening of The Vernon Innovation & Entrepreneur Workspace (The VIEW), Accelerate Okanagan will be hosting the first North Okanagan Talent Hackathon on Thursday, October 29, 2020. It will be held virtually to maintain COVID-19 health and safety standards.

This Hackathon is all about collaboration and ideation. Teams will be formed, introduced to a challenge statement, and get hacking. Solutions and prototypes can come alive in a matter of hours using a process called Design Thinking. You don’t have to be a developer or know how to code to participate. This experience is open to all who are wanting to learn to create an innovative mindset.

The hacking process looks something like this:

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Rocky Ozaki and his team from the NoW of Work, will lead this half-day of virtual hacking  followed by a virtual pitch event that is open to anyone to attend. While a winner will be named and prizes will be awarded, the day is less about choosing a winner and more about coming together as a community to solve a common challenge.

The North Okanagan Talent Hackathon promises to be an exciting opportunity for anyone who is wanting to learn and use collaboration and diversity-of-thought as tools to inspire new ideas and solutions.

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Ready to sign up as a hackathon participant? Email our North Okanagan Community Lead, Jessica Wicks.

Want to watch the finale pitch event? Register here.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email our Community Manager, Alex Goodhew.

Want to learn more about Hackathons? Read our Hackathons Decoded blog.

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