Vancouver and Toronto join 40 cities for global hackathon to address overfishing

It’s no secret that overfishing is a serious global problem that, according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, is continuously putting our oceans under pressure to meet the needs of growing populations in developing countries and a growing appetite for seafood in developed areas.

To tackle the issue, Toronto and Vancouver are 40 other global cities to encourage people to participate in Fishackathon on April 22-24, which will bring together developers and designers, fisheries and aquatic scientists, and policy experts to work on creating applications and tools that address sustainable fishing challenges, including Great Lakes-focused issues like invasive aquatic species.

The event is being hosted by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, which is the entry point for collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, and the public and private sectors.

“Fishackathon is a wonderful example of how creativity, science and environmental consciousness can collaborate to create long-term innovative solutions to the world’s most challenging issues,” said U.S. Consul General Juan A. Alsace. “We hope that with their spirit of social innovation, entrepreneurship, science and diversity, Toronto teams will create usable solutions to impact millions of people and numerous communities all over the world.”

Winners will go on to represent the Ontario region at the international level for prizes of $10,000 in cash and an Application Development Grant. For more information on the event, check out the website here.