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Toronto, ON: Hosted by the creators of Canada's largest competitive hackathon, XMG Studio Inc., and supported by the Government of Canada, CODE aims to inspire an entire generation of developers and designers to develop apps based on open data. From February 28th to March 2nd over 700 registered creative do-ers, movers and shakers will participate in this race against the clock and liberate the data available on data.gc.ca. Prior to the appathon, 100 hand selected VIP participants will get the chance to network and learn from Canada's leading open data experts at the CODE Inspiration Day. All teams that successfully submit an application compete for Gold Sponsor OpenText's $25,000 Grand Prize, as well as a $5,000 second place prize and a $1,000 third place prize.

What:
CODE: 48-hour event where entrepreneurs and innovators compete to create an app utilizing data available on the Government's Open Data Portal (data.gc.ca). CODE Inspiration Day: To encourage the meaningful and productive use of the datasets CODE will begin with a day of inspirational quick-fire speeches from renowned technology and open data industry leaders including representatives from the Government of Canada, OpenText, McKinsey, Google, IBM and more.

When:
CODE: February 28th, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - March 2nd, 2014, 5:00 p.m. (EST).
CODE Inspiration Day: February 28th, 11:00 a.m. - 4:25 p.m. (EST).
The honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and official facilitator of the CODE event, will be visiting the OneEleven VIP HUB in Toronto between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on March 2nd to close the competition and will be available for questions concerning the event.

Where:
CODE OneEleven VIP HUB: OneEleven, 111 Richmond St W #5, Toronto, ON M5H 3K6, Canada
CODE Satellite HUBs: Coding "HUBS" have been arranged at the University of Calgary, University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, Humber College and Simon Fraser University.

"HUBS" will provide a location for participants to gather and code through the night. Please contact Lydia Schaele (Lydia [at] XMG.com or M: +1-289-314-1985) to arrange access to HUBs.

More information on the Canadian Open Data Experience is available on the website at www.canadianopendataexperience.com.


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