Code Against Covid
CodeAgainstCovid, PTC’s first ever hackathon, had over 80 participants from all around the world. Working in teams or as individuals, attendees got to choose to compete in either a business, healthcare or tech category. They were prompted by case studies and had to propose solutions to issues caused by COVID-19 that their particular industry faced. The hackathon ran from February 19th to February 21st and participants had 48 hours to work on their projects.
On Day 1, participants got the chance to attend a Github workshop run by Robert Graham-Hu, a 4th year System Design Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. After that, students received their prompt for the 48 hour hackathon and got to brainstorm before the Python workshop. The Python workshop was run by Aadar Gupta, a first year student at the University of Waterloo. Participants got the chance to learn Python basics, from if statements to loops, so that they could implement it into their hacks! This concluded the events for the day as eager hackers returned to work on their projects.
On Day 2, our first guest speaker, Dasha Pushkareva, spoke about her past internships and tech conference experiences that eventually led her to become a Program Manager at Microsoft. Later on, we had Tiffany Wang who joined us to talk about what it’s like to navigate through the tech industry as a woman as well as what it’s like to work at Google. After that, we had a resume workshop run by Jessie Li, who is an HBA1 student at Ivey Business School. Attendees learned how to format a professional resume, maximize their experiences, and tailor to the application. To conclude the day, participants played a few games of Among Us before going back to work on their projects and preparing for their pitches.
On Sunday, the final day of the hackathon, attendees focused on finishing their projects and submitting them before the deadline. They were then called into judging rooms where they pitched and demoed their projects to the judges. Their hacks were evaluated on factors such creativity, feasibility, and presentation skills. After the judging process, attendees enjoyed a few games of Kahoot while the judges discussed the scores. For our final guest speaker of the weekend, we had the Founding CEO of Digitera, Jordan St Jacques. He taught us the importance of iOS development and how successful apps all solve a problem.. This led to our closing ceremony where honourable mentions and winners were announced, concluding the weekend.
Special thanks for this year's sponsors: