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North Okanagan Talent Hackathon

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 and find new solutions.

Join us on October 29, 2020, for the first North Okanagan Talent Hackathon. With the recent opening of The Vernon Innovation & Entrepreneur Workspace (The VIEW), Accelerate Okanagan is gathering the North Okanagan community together around a common challenge: Talent. The Hackathon will be hosted 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. 

SCHEDULE

Virtual Hackathon (12pm-4pm)

  • Introduction to Hackathons

  • Breakout into teams to develop ideas

  • Rapid prototyping begins

  • Mentor Pop-ins

  • Practice Pitches

Virtual Public Pitch (4pm-6pm)

  • Keynote Address

  • Pitches 

  • Winner Announced

Not a coder? Not a founder? Not a problem! You don’t have to be a developer or know how to code to participate. There is no charge to join. This experience is open to all who are wanting to learn to create an innovative mindset. If you’re an out-of-the-box thinker, or someone looking to connect with the community and find innovative talent solutions, we invite you to join us. 

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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? Connect with our Community Manager, Alex Goodhew.

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