Hack the Globe – Social Impact Hackathon
March 1 - March 15
Hack the Globe is a social impact hackathon bringing together 128 students to use technology to solve a global develoPMent challenge inspired by the UN Sustainable DeveloPMent Goals (SDGs). The event will consist of a Kickoff event with keynote speakers and the opportunity to meet experts from international NGOs and corporate and startup sponsors, a 2-week ideation period where teAMs will work with a mentor from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to formulate their solution, and a 24-hour hackathon that will take place at the BCG office. Students will work in multidisciplinary teAMs of 4 to develop a technical prototype and business strategy and pitch their solution to a panel of industry judges. Winners will have the opportunity for mentorship and continued implementation of their project.
The target audience will be University of Toronto students (more than 60% of attendance), with equal preference for progrAMs ranging from engineering, arts, business, and professional faculties. The event will benefit University of Toronto students in three key ways. First, it will offer professional develoPMent opportunities through exposure to leading companies including the Boston Consulting Group, Google, and Uber Eats, as well as top students from other universities across Canada. Second, students will learn practical skills in progrAMming, business, and communication throughout the competition while tackling a real societal challenge, providing essential preparation for their future careers. Finally, the event provides an engaging, interactive experience for students to meet and collaborate with students from other progrAMs and schools, strengthening their personal networks and building lasting friendships.
The event will be free to attend and during the Kickoff and 24-hour Hackathon students will be given food and snacks and have the opportunity to attend tech workshops and guest talks.