Thank you for a great event!

March 3, 2014


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Thank you to everyone who made the first Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) a success!

In particular, we want to thank the event organizers, XMG Studio and everyone who dedicated their weekend to supporting CODE, including all our open government colleagues from across the Government of Canada.

Treasury Board President Tony Clement at the CODE Appathon Hub
Treasury Board President Tony Clement at the CODE Appathon Hub in Toronto, Ontario March 2, 2014. Photo : XMG Studio Inc.

Most importantly, we want to thank the over 900 participants from across Canada who turned their talents toward “Solving Problems and Increasing Productivity Through the Use of Open Data.” They teamed up to produce 110 submissions before the 5 p.m. March 2 deadline, and we’re incredibly excited to see the results.

We were overwhelmed by the innovation, teamwork and sense of community that we saw on display this weekend. It was fantastic to see teams interacting, trading notes, and generally enjoying themselves. We hope all the virtual participants found the weekend rewarding. From the stream of email questions we received, and the buzz on Twitter, it would certainly seem so. It was useful to see which data sets were of greatest interest to the participants.

If you want to get a better sense of how the weekend went, check out XMG’s @CODE_Hackathon Twitter account.

To all the participants—take a well-deserved rest. At least, until the week of March 17th when the top 15 apps will be featured on XMG’s CODE website and voting will open for the CODE Fan Favorite Prize!

The team

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Submitted by Beth Watters on March 12, 2014 - 12:55 PM

Hi data team, I am a communications advisor for the Assistant Commissioner (AC) of Information Technology and CIO of the Canada Revenue Agency. The AC is looking to see how many CRA employees participated in your hackathon as he would like to congratulate them through his weekly web message. Would anyone on your team be able to tell us if any CRA employees participated? If you are unable to release names would you be able to give us a number? We had one developer contact us so far to tell us that he participated but want to extend congratulations to all those involved. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I can be contacted by email or by phone 613-946-2020. Many thanks, Beth