City and University co-host first hackathon

Event offers experiential learning opportunity for students, recognition of local tech talent, innovative online tools for residents

Guelph, Ontario, February 13, 2014 – For the first time ever, the City and University of Guelph are co-hosting a community hackathon in celebration of the internationally-recognized Open Data Day on February 22.

The hackathon is designed for students, local application developers and interested community members to use City data to create innovative mobile and web-based applications and tools for Guelph residents.

Making civic information more readily available and relevant to Guelph residents, in transparent and accountable ways is one of four focus areas the City is pursuing as part of its open government efforts.

What: Open Guelph Hackathon

Who: The panel of judges includes Brydon Gilliss, Threefortynine; Mayor Karen Farbridge; Rozita Dara, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Guelph; Jamie Doran, Innovation Guelph

Where: The atrium in the Science Complex at the University of Guelph, 50 Stone Road East

When: Saturday, February 22 at 9 a.m. to Sunday, February 23 at 1 p.m.

Coordination and support provided by Kyle Mackie of Kyle Mackie Consulting; Sean Yo of Demo Camp Guelph; Innovation Guelph and the Guelph Chamber of Commerce.

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About Guelph’s open government
Guelph is setting a new standard of openness in municipal government and aims to be the first in Canada to develop an open government action plan at the municipal level.

At the City of Guelph, open government means becoming a more transparent and accountable government; making the best use of technology; and empowering its staff, Council and the community to actively participate in solutions that improve municipal services and life in Guelph. Learn more at

For more information

Blair Labelle
City Clerk
Corporate and Human Resources
519-822-1260 extension 2232