You’re invited to Barrie’s first ever Housing Hack presented by the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc.– an energizing weekend-long hackathon where you can create digital applications and strategic insights to improve the housing market in your community. Supported by the City of Barrie, you can help meet the needs of a changing community and housing ecosystem.

Using your skills, expertise and collaborative efforts, you will have the opportunity to propose an informed and forward-thinking solution to improve the future of living in the Barrie area. Whether it's a web application, digital platform or a data-driven insight, each solution will have the potential to shape policies, decisions and future actions in the housing market.

“To ensure Barrie continues to thrive, grow and expand as a highly desired community to live in, it is vital we ensure housing is available, affordable and livable in relation to the diverse needs of our community members. Join your strengths with ours and support the Housing Hack.” – Rob Alexander, 2017 President, Barrie & District Association of REALTORS Inc.

During the 3-day event, 100 of Barrie’s most passionate and spirited developers, designers and creative thinkers will lead the charge to advance housing for all! Throughout this immersive experience, teams of 4-6 will present the product of their work to a team of top-level judges – science expo style! If your solution is chosen to be a part of the Top 5, you’ll have the opportunity to pitch in front of a panel of esteemed judges, win prizes and grow your idea beyond the hackathon!

To kick-off the hackathon, we are hosting a pre-hack workshop to jump start ambitious teams. This workshop will give participants a deeper understanding of the hackathon challenge and will present contextual information that will be imperative for the winning teams to reflect in their solutions and insights. The workshop will also share hackathon best practices so that participants are able to optimize their time throughout the hackathon.

We can't wait to have you join us for the Housing Hack!


The City of Barrie: City Hall

70 Collier St, Barrie, ON, L4M 4T5

Who Can Participate?


You can write, debug and execute code and are great at creating software and applications.


You’re passionate about your community and eager to bring your insights & skills to the event.

Digital Artists

You’re the source of creativity and can put together an impressive visual presentation of a solution.

Data Scientists

You love numbers! Finding, extracting and interpreting data is in your wheelhouse.

$5,000 IN PRIZES


The Housing Hack is for motivated and creative students and working professionals who want to contribute to their community, meet new people, collaborate on & create solutions, and gain new skills.

Participating in Housing Hack is an opportunity to shape the future of housing in Barrie. Housing Hack will bring together participants from diverse backgrounds from Barrie and the surrounding regions and give them a chance to collaborate using their interdisciplinary backgrounds.

Do you have the skills but have never attended a hackathon before? Have no fear! Hackathons are a place where participants learn and have fun by working on interesting challenges together. If you ever get stumped, there will be mentors available to help guide you through obstacles along the way. Mentors can provide feedback, different perspectives and promote development, which can ultimately help you bring your best solutions to the table!

Housing Hack is a unique event that provides you with the chance to work alongside BDAR and the City of Barrie to solve housing affordability and liveability for all. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase your talents and build community. Ready to take the plunge? Register for Housing Hack, and change the future of housing!

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