Toronto and Chicago hosting first cross-border hackathon

The Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Consulate General of Toronto, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Dickinson-Wright, and Northof41.org are partnering to launch the first cross border hackathon between Toronto and Chicago.

Toronto teams will work out of the Myplanet offices in Toronto, where they will be competing against sister city Chicago to see which city can build the most innovative projects in response to specific problem statements. Teams can build either mobile or web-based apps to submit import and export information to the DHS, while also incorporating this information into third party programs — and hackathon sponsors — such as Amazon, Salesforce.com, Microsoft Bizspark or IBM’s Bluemix Platform.

Winning teams, determined based on pitch quality, originality, and technical development, will be awarded cash prizes that total over $15,000. The hackathon will take place the weekend of February 26 until February 28.

Those interested in participating in the hackathon can get more details here.

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang is BetaKit's News Editor.