Canadian Open Data Experience {CODE} 2014 Event


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Thank you to the numerous parties that contributed to the huge success of the Canadian Open Data Experience {CODE} 2014. Owing to the great participation in this event, CODE can now be known as the largest competitive hackathon in Canada.

Over 900 developers, students, and open data enthusiasts from across Canada participated in the CODE 48-hour hackathon. The teams competed and built apps using datasets from, working under the theme of “Solving Problems and Increasing Productivity Through the Use of Open Data”.

To complement the theme, a series of motivational presentations were made as part of CODE “Inspiration Day” on February 28, 2014, focusing on the world of open data where technology and information come together.

The Results of the Canadian Open Data Experience:

This infographic features some of the highlights of the Canadian Open Data 

Experience hackathon held from February 28th to March 2, 2014.

The Goods

  • 190,000 datasets registered in the portal
  • 227 new datasets contributed by 36 departments

The Participants from coast to coast

February 28 to March 2, 2014

Map of Canada highlighting the regions with participants from CODE

Top 5 Datasets Downloaded

  • Fuel Consumption Ratings, Natural Resources Canada
  • Border Wait Times, Canada Border Services Agency
  • Average rents for areas with a population of 10,000+, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp.
  • Charities Listings, Canada Revenue Agency
  • Permanent Resident Applications Processed Abroad and Processing Times, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

931 participants, 290 teams, 111 apps created

The Results

The Top 3

  • NewRoots (Electric Sheep)
  • A Healthier Commute (Team Quantified)
  • Deep Breath (SYLM)

The 15 Finalists

Canadian Travellers (3lywa) / Charity Pie (Nobis Studios) / Where 2 LIVE (TRAK) / Squalid Salad (DemoFirst) / International Assistance Map (Spitballz) / Canadian Industries (Ninja Cornz) / Cultural Business App (Mintah) / NewRoots (Electric Sheep) / FarmSpot (IPPETAD) / A Healthier Commute (Team Quantified) / Munchables (SuperSymmetry) / Flu Clinic (Coding Forces) / Deep Breath (SYLM) / TRADAR (Big Yellow Cat) / CAN Fuel (Moyers & Stark)

Online Social Interest

Top 10 Online visiting countries (% of Total international visits)

United States 42.08%
India 11.20%
Germany 3.17%
France 2.94%
Pakistan 2.71%
China 2.26%
United Kingdom 1.92%
Ukraine 1.47%
Hungary 1.36%
South Korea 1.36%


20 minutes – Average time users from Facebook spent on


67% of social traffic came from Twitter

Number of downloads for the weekend: 8,646

Number of visits for the weekend: 6,843

CODE 2014 participation across Canada:



Video: CODE Inspiration Day (February 28, 2014) presentations
Video: The Honourable Tony Clement at McGill University, January 31, 2014

Details of the CODE 2014 event

CODE was an open data hackathon event where developers, students, and open data enthusiasts were invited to use Government of Canada datasets to develop consumer-friendly applications.

CODE was supported by the Government of Canada and hosted by XMG Studio Inc., one of the largest indie mobile gaming studios in Canada.

Open Government is about greater openness and accountability, strengthening democracy, and driving innovation and economic opportunities for all Canadians—and events like CODE represent amazing opportunities to advance these principles.

Participants took part in CODE in two ways: through a centralized HUB in Toronto, or participated remotely from their homes, schools, or their local coffee shops. At the end of the CODE hackathon, participants submitted their completed applications online to be evaluated.

The teams that submitted the top 15 applications, as judged by a review panel, were invited to the CODE Grand Finale event on March 28, 2014, where they pitched their apps during a live judging event to a panel of industry experts and potential investors. The teams that created the three best applications, as declared by the review panel at the Grand Finale event, were awarded cash prizes of $25,000, $5,000 and $1,000.

For new and experienced developers alike, visit the Working with Data and Application Program Interfaces to browse through how-to videos, presentations, and tips on how to use Government of Canada data to assist you with developing your own apps.

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