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RADLab researchers join the Calgary Region Hackathon

March 02, 2016

"Hacking" doesn't have to be a bad word. RADLab team members Benjamin Reed, Stephanie Krause and Sherry Yang will compete in the Calgary Region Hackathon to create an innovative software solution that connects municipalities in the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP).

Held in the Calgary Municipal Building from March 4 to 6, Hackathon participants will work to develop innovative software solutions (websites, mobile apps, mapping products, etc.) using open data from The City of Calgary and other CRP communities. Through The City of Calgary's Open Data Strategy, 22 mobile apps have been created and brought to the Calgary market since 2014. It's initiatives like this that have led to The City of Calgary being ranked as a top ten "Open City" in Canada by the Public Sector Digest.

"Hackathons are a great way to bring people of all different backgrounds together and amplify their brain power in a short amount of time," said Benjamin Reed, RADLab support specialist. "Since the RADLab does a lot of work in different datasets, we have a lot of firepower in this area. We also wanted to participate to give back to the city we live in by adding value to this initiative."

There are nine prizes up for grabs including $5,000 for first place. The cost to participate is $50 per person ($35 for students) and registration closes on March 4 at 12 p.m. Registration is limited to the first 150 applicants.

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