Electric City Hacks is back and bigger than ever. More than 350 post-secondary students from across the country, including students from local area high schools, are expected to attend Peterborough’s only hackathon, which will return to Trent University on November 3 to 5, and this year, event organizers say is gearing up to be even greater than the inaugural hackathon last year.
Founded in 2016 by four Trent University Computer Science and Information Systems students Matthew Barnes, Waun Broderick, Dexter Fichuk, Laura Mann, and Seyedyashar Morabbi Heravi, Electric City Hacks or “ECHacks” offers post-secondary students the opportunity to put their coding knowledge to the test by creating an original hack, gadget, or app from scratch in less than 37 hours.
This year’s hackathon will consist of multiple categories such as, “Best Green Hack”, “Agriculture Hack”, “Adventure Hack” and more, to encourage participants to create with a specific purpose in mind. Prizes will be awarded to the top team in each category Sunday afternoon.
“We are so excited to be back and we’re ready for another successful Electric City Hacks hackathon,” said Mr. Morabbi Heravi. “We had a ton of fun last year and we are excited to make this opportunity accessible to even more students by offering free buses from Waterloo and Toronto to Trent. We hope that by removing this financial barrier, students of all backgrounds and with varying degrees of experience will be able to participate.”
In between hacking, participants can also look forward to a morning hike around the Trent nature areas, campus tours, and yoga classes, as well as a taste of Peterborough’s downtown with meals provided all weekend by local vendors and restaurants.