For the 1st time ever, the Department of Homeland Security, State Department, the US Chamber of Commerce, Dickinson-Wright and Northof41.org have come together with the Tech Community in Toronto in order to develop APIs which will allow entrepreneurs to develop software solutions in order to simplify the importing/exporting process. This is a friendly competition against the hackathon teams in Chicago to see which city can create the most unique projects. We have also assembled a top notch list of corporate partners with Amazon, Salesforce.com, IBM, Microsoft in order to have the most cutting edge platforms for teams to utilize as part of their project submissions over the entire weekend.
Canada and the U.S. have pursued significant initiatives that promote exports and cross-border investment, as well as negotiated trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and most recently in the news the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to open new markets. These efforts have resulted in more companies than ever engaged in cross-border trade. However, these increased volumes of trade require enhanced electronic platforms to serve all cross-border companies – that is, from large multi-nationals to small-and medium-sized entities.
Your task for this challenge will require you to build an App (Mobile or Web-based) that will incorporate APIs to submit import/export information to the Department of Homeland Security while at the same time incorporate this information into another 3rd party program such as Amazon, Salesforce.com,Microsoft Bizspark or IBM’s Bluemix Platform
Winning teams will be awarded cash and prizes totalling over $15,000