CBC Montreal hackathon happening live

Ideas are formalized and the teams are formed — now it's 48 hours of hacking to make those ideas a reality.

CBC Montreal is hosting its first hackathon on March 14 and 15

Some of this weekend's hackers take a brief break to pose. (CBC)

It's officially crunch time.

Many of the participants have been at Maison Radio-Canada for nearly 48 hours, working to finesse their ideas into a workable pitch.

Yesterday, participants consulted with different CBC journalists to ask them how technology could help them with their jobs. Today, they'll present their finalized pitch to our team of judges, and this evening, the best pitch will receive a prize of $2,000, as well as a meeting with CBC executives and consultations with different Montreal tech leaders.