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What is the BDAR Housing Hack?

The BDAR Housing Hack is a social change and technology competition where over 100+ thought leaders and innovators come together to help the housing affordability and availability problem in Barrie.

How can I apply to participate in BDAR Housing Hack?

Applying is easy!

Click the “Apply” button on the Housing Hack Hackworks page and do one of two things:

1. Create a Hackworks account.

You will receive a confirmation email to verify your account. Once your account has been verified, you will be able to fill out your Hackworks profile with information relevant to the event including your skillsets, location, links to social profiles and a short description. A complete participant profile will enable other BDAR Housing Hack participants to search, find and invite you to their team.

After completing the profile, click the “Apply” button and follow the directions and choose the ticket type that best represents your skillsets.

Once you have successfully applied for your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email from Hackworks that you are on the waiting list and will be asked to fill out a quick survey to determine your eligibility.

Once your application (including survey results) has been reviewed, and you have been accepted to the Housing Hack hackathon, you will receive a ticket confirmation. The goal is to confirm tickets within 5 days after a full application to participate has been submitted.

2. If you already have a Hackworks account, sign into your existing Hackworks account.

Follow the direction and choose the ticket type that best represents your skillsets. You will receive a confirmation email from Hackworks and will be asked to fill out a quick survey to determine your eligibility.

Once your application (including survey results) has been reviewed, you will receive a ticket confirmation. The goal is to confirm tickets within 5 days after a full application to participate has been submitted.

Where will the BDAR Housing Hack be held?

The BDAR Housing Hack competition will take place at Barrie’s City Hall: 70 Collier St, Barrie, ON, L4M 4T5

When is the BDAR Housing Hack?

The BDAR Housing Hack officially kicks off on Friday October 20st at 6:30pm and ends on Sunday, October 22rd at 6:00pm.

How do I create a profile?

Once you’ve signed up for an account on hackworks.com, you’ll receive a verification email. Follow the link and create your profile as part of the verification process. We recommend adding a profile picture, your skills and experience and contact info. Adding information about yourself to your profile is especially important if you are looking to join a team or are looking to recruit team members to help execute on your own idea.

How do I edit my profile?

To edit your profile log into your Hackworks account and click the profile icon located in the top right corner of the website.

How many people can be on one team?

Teams must be made up of two to six people. Individuals can only be on one team.

How are the teams being formed for the BDAR Housing Hack?

There are several ways you can find teammates or join an existing team:

In Person:

Teams can be formed on Friday night right before coding begins. Colour coded nametags will be available to make it easy to identify potential teammates with skills that complement your own. If you’re having trouble finding a team or finding a teammate, make sure to introduce yourself to a Hackworks team member on site. He/she will help you find your perfect match.

On Slack:

All registered participants are invited to join the conversation on Slack, exchange ideas with fellow participants and recruit team members. If you have received a ticket for the event and have not received an invitation to the Slack channel, please contact us.

Using the Matchmaking Tool:

The matchmaking tool on the Hackworks platform is a great way for participants looking to join a team, and teams looking for additional members with certain skills, to find each other. Once you have a ticket for Housing Hack you can start searching for teams to join; or go on to create a team page and start recruiting teammates with skillsets that will complement your own.

Every team needs to be registered on the BDAR Housing Hack website to be able to submit their projects.

I have a confirmed ticket to the BDAR Housing Hack, what can I do to prepare?

Housing Hack Workshop:

Attend the workshop leading up to Housing and arm yourself with the information and know-how you need to succeed. This will also give you a chance to connect and build teams prior to the hackathon and engage with experts for inspiration and insights. Once you have a confirmed Housing Hack ticket, the option to sign up for the workshop will be available on hackworks.com.

Stay Connected: Keep an eye on the Housing Hack website for more news. Make sure you join the conversation on the Housing Hack Slack channel to discuss your ideas with participants and get feedback from hackathon mentors.

Resource Page: Check out the Housing Hack resource page to find useful tools that will inspire you and help you build something amazing in just two days! Here you will find featured technologies and a list of coding resources.

Do I have to stay at the City Hall for the duration of Housing Hack?

City Hall will be open between 9:00am and 11:00pm. You are welcome to come and go as you please but are encourage to spend as much time on-site as possible.

Will meals be provided at Housing Hack?

Yes, there will be meals, snacks, and beverages provided throughout Housing Hack. We will do our best to meet dietary needs, but cannot guarantee everyone’s requirements will be met. If you have any special dietary needs please contact us.

Who owns the ideas, outputs and solutions at the end of the BDAR Housing Hack? Do they remain proprietary to the teams that developed them?

The outputs of the BDAR Housing Hack are owned by the participants that create them. Hackworks collects the source code only to verify eligibility.

How will my application be judged?

Submissions will be accepted in two categories:

1. Applications:

Interactive software applications such as mobile applications, web applications, websites, PC applications or Mac applications

2. Insights: Data-driven stories, articles, or visualizations that result in actionable recommendations

We will be judging Housing Hack submissions in two phases using 7 different judging criteria: Pitch Perfect, Problem Solver, Experience, Impact, Innovation, Data/Tech. This allows multiple judges to see every submission and ensures the great submissions rise to the top.

During the first phase of judging, a committee of judges will review submissions. The room will be set up science fair style, where every team will be assigned a table and judges will go from team to team hearing their presentations and asking questions. The scores from the first phase will be tallied and the Top 5 will move on to the next round.

During the final phase of judging, the Top 5 teams will pitch to a panel of finale judges in front of a live audience, after a short deliberation, the winners will be announced.