Jeff Lehman

Mayor, City of Barrie

Jeff Lehman

Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. From 2014-2017, Lehman chaired Ontario’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus (LUMCO), representing Ontario’s 27 largest cities. As the head of Council, he is leading Barrie through a period of rapid change. During his first term in office, major new campuses were developed in Barrie by IBM, TD Bank, Cogeco, Napoleon, and others, and Barrie led all metropolitan areas east of Alberta in the rate of job creation. In October 2014, Mayor Lehman was re-elected with 92.3% of the popular vote. In 2015, Barrie was named the safest big city in the country, and was just named Canada’s 3rd most entrepreneurial city by the Financial Post.

Geoff Le Quelenec

CEO, Jacobs LP Inc

Geoff Le Quelenec

Geoff Le Quelenec is CEO of Jacobs L P Inc., a Canadian consultancy specializing in small business, association and startup technology. With 20 years of background in technology solutions for all sizes of organization and a partner network of specialists across North America, Jacobs L P Inc. makes sure your technology works for your business.

David Reid

President Elect, OREA

David Reid

David Reid is the 2017 President-elect for the Ontario Real Estate Association. Mr. Reid is co-owner and sales representative at Enjoy Muskoka Realty Inc. Brokerage in Muskoka. He has been active in the real estate profession for 14 years. He is a Past-President of the Muskoka Haliburton Orillia – The Lakelands Association of REALTORS®, and previously served as Director of the Association. Mr. Reid has served as member and Chair of several of the Association’s committees including the MLS® and professional standards committees. At OREA, he currently serves as Chair of the finance/audit committee and member of the governance committee.

Dianne Usher

Director, CREA

Dianne Usher

Dianne Usher began her real estate career in 1978 as a sales representative and quickly climbed the management ranks at Royal LePage and attained the prominent position of Area Manager for the Central Toronto Core. She is also a Broker and C.I.P.S. designee. Dianne has served as Director and President of the Ontario Real Estate Association, Director and President of York Region Real Estate Board, Regional Director of the Canadian Real Estate Association, and Director and President of Toronto Real Estate Board. Dianne has also served on numerous committees and task forces for all levels of Organized Real Estate. She is currently the Senior Vice President and Division Manager of Johnston and Daniel a Division of Royal LePage, Central Toronto.


Solutions & Insights

Housing Hack operates differently than your traditional hackathon. At Housing Hack, submissions will be accepted in two categories: Applications and Insights.

Applications are interactive software applications that can be created from insights to address the problem directly. These can range from mobile applications, web applications, websites, PC applications or Mac applications. Applications require a set of technical skills needed to build the systems of the solutions.

Insights are trends or information that has the potential to drive future action. An insight can expose a certain way of looking at the problem, identify core issues or reveal new information that is vital to the outcome of a solution. Insights require a set of skills that can extract and portray data as a result of strategic thinking.



The Expo

When you think ‘science fair’, what comes to mind? Do you imagine a giant open-concept room with tables lined up in rows? What about impressive presentation boards and projects being showcased by students? Housing Hack will be reminiscent of your high school science fair, whereby participants will showcase the solutions they created during the hackathon!

At the Expo, participants will pitch their submissions to fellow participants, judges and members of the public. This is an awesome opportunity for participants to showcase their abilities and network with the community. Guests are also free to roam around, browse and interact with the many solutions made at Housing Hack.

Committee Judges will spend time with each team to evaluate their solutions based on the judging criteria. Teams will have 5 minutes to make their pitch and dazzle the judges. After pitching, participants can answer questions about their solutions and receive valuable feedback from the judges. The best solutions will then move on to the Top 5 Pitches!

Top 5 Pitches

Becoming one of the Top 5 teams is a stunning accomplishment! After convincing the commitee judges that your submission is one of the best, you'll have the opportunity to present in front of our esteemed Finale Judges – ‘Dragon’s Den’ style!

Teams will have 5 minutes to pitch their solution, and 3 minutes to have a Q&A with the judges. By having the opportunity to pitch for the second time, teams can gain additional exposure for their talents and put their solutions on the map! After careful deliberation, the judges will then determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!