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CBC Montreal hackathon: meet the judges

Teams of developers, designers and engaged media consumers competed in CBC Montreal’s first ever community hackathon. A panel of expert judges picked the prototype they think makes news more accessible and interactive.

Teams of developers, designers and media consumers use technology to develop new journalism possibilities

CBC Montreal is holding its first hackathon the weekend of March 13, 2015. (CBC)

Teams of developers, designers and engaged media consumers competed in CBC Montreal’s first ever community hackathon. A panel of expert judges picked the prototype they think makes news more accessible and interactive.

At the hackathon, teams will use technology, to find creative solutions to a variety of problems.

All of the hacking will led up to Sunday afternoon, when teams will presented their prototypes to a panel of judges. The top team won a grand prize of $2,000, a meeting to pitch their idea to CBC executives, a ticket to Startup Fest, and consultations with mentors at Notman House. 

Nora Young, host of CBC Radio's Spark
Shelagh Kinch, managing director of CBC Montreal
Philippe Telio, founder of International Startup Fest.
Robert Medeiros, Senior Product Architect with CBC Digital Operations.
John Stokes, investor with Real Ventures.

So who chose the winning team?

Meet the #HackingCBCMTL judges

Nora Young is the host of CBC radio’s Spark, a show that focuses on technology and upcoming trends. Nora is interested in how new technology shapes the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. Nora’s favourite technology is her bicycle.

Shelagh Kinch, the managing director of CBC Montreal, hopes the hackathon will bring us closer to our audience wherever they are, on whatever device they are using. Shelagh’s excited to see CBC Montreal collaborating with Montreal’s creative thinkers to design and develop new possibilities for our journalism.

Philippe Telio is the founder of International Startup Fest, an annual event that brings together entrepreneurs from here and around the world. Phil says when it comes to startups and new ideas, dream big and set out to change the world.

Robert Medeiros is a Senior Product Architect in the Digital Operations department of the CBC. You will most often find Robert gushing about Lisp (lately Clojure), wrangling large data sets, fiddling with graph databases, and generally trying to automate himself out of a job.

John Stokes, an investor with Real Ventures, looks for ideas that challenge the norm and that “just make sense.” John also likes ideas with human insight behind them and that encourage consumers to become community activists.

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