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Waterloo presents: EngHack – a Codefest collaboration

February 3, 2017  
Posted by: Jacqueline O'Hara
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Over 300 students will converge at the University of Waterloo for EngHack, a 21-hour hackathon co-presented by the City of Waterloo and the University of Waterloo Engineering Society on Feb. 4 and 5, 2017.

Building on the success of Waterloo Codefest, the City of Waterloo's first open data challenge, EngHack brings together academia, industry and government to connect and share new ideas. Using the city's open data, EngHack leverages the creative talents of our community - supporting local economic development while offering innovative solutions and strategies to citywide challenges.

"Our community is bursting with talent, and partnering with Canada's top engineering school for our second hackathon is a natural fit," says Mayor Dave Jaworsky. "The weekend will be filled with creativity and thought, and I look forward to judging the final concepts."

EngHack is an exciting opportunity for students, with all levels of experience to connect, create and experiment over 21 hours. Coders will also meet and connect with employers to learn more about how to get ideas off the ground. This collaborative experience demystifies the complexities of programming while bringing talent and industry together.

City of Waterloo open data includes the following:

  • Building permits
  • By-law infractions (parking tickets)
  • Community Access Bikeshare stations + 10-minute updates to bike availability data (in association with CAB)
  • District plans
  • Elected officials
  • Leaf collections areas
  • Walkability network (includes trails, sidewalks, and virtual links at crosswalks)

For more information about Waterloo Codefest and EngHack, visit or follow the event on Twitter with #CodefestLab.

For more information :

City of Waterloo
Box 337, 100 Regina St S
Waterloo, Ontario
Canada, N2J 4A8