The Government of Canada is looking for tech enthusiasts, willing to test their digital prowess against a ticking clock.

The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, along with Ray Sharma of XMG Studio Inc., will kick off a nation-wide tour to promote CODE 2015 – The Canadian Open Data Experience next week in Toronto.

Part of the Government of Canada's Action Plan on Open Government, CODE 2015 inspires the open data community to come together to compete over 48 hours to create web and mobile apps using publicly available data sets available at

Students, entrepreneurs and innovators are invited to come learn about Open Government in Canada, and how CODE 2015 is inspiring Canadians to use open data to build a better world. Speak with Minister Clement, Ray Sharma and past and future participants. The Toronto stop is hosted at the offices of OneEleven, Canada's most prolific community of data-driven tech entrepreneurs.  

Date:  January 14th, 2015
Time & Schedule: Speakers & networking reception: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Place: OneEleven, 111 Richmond St. W, Suite 5, Toronto, ON M5H 2G4


Why Open Data: The Government of Canada has been working with the national and international open government community to create greater transparency and accountability, increase citizen engagement, and drive innovation and economic opportunities through open data, open information, and open dialogue. The Digital Canada 150 Strategy reinforces these goals. CODE showcases not only the breadth of data available to Canadians, but also the depth of talent in Canada's developer community, while also opening doors for future technology and business leaders.

How it works: The CODE hackathon takes place over the weekend of International Open Data Day from February 20 to February 22, 2015. The national competition is open to anyone interested in developing applications (web & mobile), regardless of digital prowess. Participants can take part in three ways: apply to attend the 48-hour event at one of three VIP HUBs in Toronto, Vancouver and Montréal; register to participate from a space made available by CODE supporters; or participate virtually. At the end of the CODE hackathon, participants submit their completed applications online to be evaluated and considered for $40,000 in prizes.