A Recap of IX Hackathon 2019

From the opening remarks right up until when the finalists were announced, the last few days of IX’s 4th Annual Hackathon have been a whirlwind. 

A picture of Distinguished Engineer and Head of IX Labs, Mayuran Yogarajah
Distinguished Engineer and Head of IX Labs, Mayuran Yogarajah, delivering opening remarks around how the hackathon was born from his vision to provide a creative and collaborative space for engineers.

Hackathon teams spent the week exploring this year’s theme of “Code Connects Us,” as they locked into their workspaces scattered with coffee cups, notebooks and laptops. Participants were extremely dedicated to the solutions they were building, with some even staying to hack overnight. 

On Thursday morning, IX engineers and Hackathon judges gathered to hear the finalists’ presentations. Also in attendance were IX Lab partners from across the Canadian tech community, including representatives from The Knowledge Society, MaRS Discovery District and The DMZ. Each hack was well thought out, creative and demonstrated the true talents of IX engineering, as well as how code can facilitate useful, powerful and meaningful experiences. Index’s CTO, Marc Staveley, and VP of Engineering, Chris Kaknevicius, took the stage to announce the winners.

In third place was Team The Bored Identity who created a platform using Identity to solve homelessness in Toronto. The team identified that one of the leading causes of homelessness is not being able to locate and reconnect with friends and family. Their tool uses Identity for good, serving digital ads to find long lost relatives in order to ultimately help those out of poverty and homelessness. Check out their pitch here

A picture of engineers working during the IX Hackathon

In second place was Team Are We Getting Paid For This? who created a tool that would display relevant images based on speech inputs. The group worked to create a speech to text to image tool with plenty of practical applications! Check out their pitch here.

In first place was Team Sabotage who created a company-wide team recognition software. The team aimed to improve feedback and recognition across the company by creating a social media-like application called IX Appreciate. Check out their pitch here

Congratulations to all of the teams that participated in this year’s IX Hackathon, with a special shoutout to our valued partners, The Knowledge Society, for submitting a team and showcasing what the next generation of engineers are capable of.

A picture of engineers working during the IX Hackathon

“The IX Hackathon was an amazing experience! I’ve always wanted to build something that democratizes education to the world, and IX gave me the chance to,” said Liam Hinzman, TKS Innovator. “I learned a ton about validating problems, designing solutions, and building an actual product. Can’t wait for IX Hackathon 2020!” 

Until next year! 

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