Canada-US Cross-Border Hackathon

engaging hackathon

[48 hour event, multi-location, Google Hangouts, Livestreaming, team communications, onsite logistics, event management, moderator, host Trade Commissioner, judging, awards]

amplifi led organization and implementation of the Ontario leg of this international event seeking to improve trade efficiency and border crossing administration of small-value parcels.  amplifi was responsible for all logistical details on the Canadian site for this 48-hour app development hackathon event that hosted 100 registrants at each of the Toronto and Chicago sites.  In collaboration with the US Department of Homeland Security, State Department, the US Chamber of Commerce, Dickinson-Wright, North of 41, and TechConnex, amplifi designed, developed and hosted Canadian participation and technology connections of this competition that ran simultaneously in Toronto and Chicago.

The scope of services included securing the site locale, program and team structuring and communications tools, developing floorplans, site logistics including catering for the two-plus day event, securing Border Agents as expert resources and on-site volunteers, coordinating video streaming between the two locations, arranging for media coverage (traditional and social) and overall event management.  amplifi staff served as moderator and MC for the event and facilitated the judgingprocess of final entries leading to cash rewards for three finalists.