HackTO: This Saturday, April 14th in Toronto

Joey Devilla


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HackTO is a hackathon taking place in Toronto this Saturday, April 14th, in which developers will be challenged to come up with and implement an application that takes one or more of the sponsors' APIs and does something interesting, useful or cool -- all in the space of a few hours. The APIs that you'll be able to use at HackTO include:

Shopify will be there! Developer Relations guy David Underwood and Yours Truly, Platform Evangelist Joey deVilla, will be there to walk you through the Shopify API should you make the really excellent decision to include it in your project.

Here's the schedule for Saturday:

Time  What's Happening

9:00 a.m. Breakfast and introductions. It's your chance to meet the HackDays organizers and all the participating developers. Use this time to get settled in, see the final schedule and fuel up for a day's hacking with some breakfast.

9:30 a.m. API Presentations. Each API sponsor, including Shopify, will present their API and show you what's possible with it.

10:15 a.m. Open Planning. Come up with an idea for an application -- and remember, you have only a few hours in which to build it -- and put together a team. This is a whiteboard exercise: if you have an idea that you would like to work on, just put its name down on the whiteboard. If you're looking to build a team, identify yourself to other developers with the skill sets that you need. If you're looking for ideas, identify yourself to other developers as well.

10:30 a.m. Let the hacking begin! Claim a table and get to work! The API sponsors will be available to answer questions.

12:00 noon Lunch. Take a break, grab a bite, hang out with your fellow geeks.

1:00 p.m. Back to work! You've got until 5:30 p.m. to finish.

5:30 p.m. Presentations. Every team gets 3 minutes to present their application, and when you're not presenting, you're watching the other teams and enjoying beer.

7:00 p.m. Judging and prizes. Our panel of experts weighs in and delivers their verdict.

7:30 p.m. Celebratory food and drink at a nearby pub.

There are prizes! HackTO will offer three prizes to the apps deemed by our panel of judges to be the best:

  • First prize: $2,000
  • Second prize: $1,500
  • Third prize: $500

This all takes place at Freshbooks' new HQ, located at 35 Golden Avenue, Suite 105. Golden Avenue is just off Dundas Street West, east and south of where it branches off from Roncesvalles Avenue. The closest subway station is Dundas West; Freshbooks is a short walk away.

If you're up for a programming challenge, the chance to win prizes and the opportunity to meet the folks from some of the coolest startups there as well as the people from Toronto's vibrant tech community, come to HackTO and hack! Register now!