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Hacking for charity 

With the support of Hackworks, Capital One Canada is launching its 2016 Gift the Code Hackathon. At Brainstation’s Toronto campus, the 100 participants will first be divided into teams of four to six experts. Then, they will identify digital solutions to challenges faced by each of the six charities.

All this will take place in under 40 hours, making it a coding sprint of sorts.

The event will be hosted by Marc Saltzman, an acclaimed author, journalist and tech expert.

“We’re living in an exciting new digital world and, while many global companies are reaping the benefits of this technological revolution, not-for-profit charities could also benefit from the collective talent of Canadian tech experts,” says Saltzman. “I’m beyond excited to help host the Capital One Canada Gift the Code Hackathon and see how teams will offer smart technology solutions to help worthy causes reach their full potential.”

The featured charities are as follows:

Though the charities are considered small, the challenges they face are not, according to Capital One Canada’s managing vice president Nathalie Clark. Dedication to their respective causes and tight budgets mean that charities often have to forego technology in their efforts to provide immediate and tangible results.

“Smaller charities face an enormous challenge with respect to advanced technology solutions,” says Clark. “Through this Hackathon, we are taking meaningful action to help our charity partners bridge the digital divide and continue to expand and grow into the future.”

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