HackTO Judges

We are in the full swing of things at the HackTO HQ today. And already the APP nearing completion are making it to the whiteboard. There will be a lot of last minute racing and hang wrangling but in the meantime, is is important to know whom to bribe to win the great HackTO prizes:

HackTO Official Prizes – all cash prizes (because cash is king)

  • 1st Prize: $2,000
  • 2nd Prize: $1,500
  • 3rd Prize: $500

For this HackTO, our API providers have also stepped up to provide additional prizes to encourage you to use their APIs. These prizes will be directly awarded by the API provider to the team they deem has built the best app using their API.

Company Sponsored Prizes (best use of a company API)

Atomic Reach (best Social integration): 2 tickets for the CN Tower EdgeWalk (a 600$ value)

Context.IO: $150 iTunes Card

Freshbooks: $500

Shopify: $500 Apple Gift Certificate

SoundCloud: Free premium subscription

TinEye: $500 cash (best Multicolor API use)

Twilio: $300 Amazon Gift Certificate

Trendspottr: iPod Touch

WordPress.com: $100 of upgrade from WordPress.com

YellowAPI: $300 Apple Gift Certificate

Our judges today include:










Judy Blumstock, Director, Commercialization – Mars Innovation

Judith received her M.B.A. in finance from Columbia Business School in the U.S. and her B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining MaRS Innovation, Judith was a principal with Genesys Capital Partners, one of the largest Canadian-based venture-capital firms focused on the life sciences industry. She is a past Director of Insception, Millenium Biologix Corp., Plexagen Diagnostics, and Zelos Therapeutics Inc. Previously, Judith was a partner with Royal Bank Capital Partners Life Sciences Fund and, prior to that, Director of Bio/pharmaceutical Research at Drug Royalty Corporation.

David Crow

David Crow is a creative technologist and a technical marketer. David helps companies understand emerging technology, business models, and design practices to create compelling, sustainable digital experiences. At Microsoft, he advised emerging companies with product-market fit and got to market strategies, along with providing access to software, support, and visibility through BizSpark. Prior to joining Microsoft, David led product design, marketing, business development and corporate strategy for start-ups in Toronto, and Austin, TX. He has a Masters from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo. He blogs, runs Startup North and DemoCamp and is a community builder and connector in Toronto. Put his name in your contact list. Find him on Twitter.


  • HackREGINA Location Sponsor

    Innovation Place - Innovation Place is home to approximately 40 clients in six buildings, employing more than 1,600 people.

  • HackREGINA Event Sponsors

    iQmetrix Software - At iQmetrix, we create great experiences for retailers, their employees, and the end consumer.

    GB Internet Solutions - We’re proud parents to GasBuddy.com and OpenStoreLoyalty.com, and while we don’t like to play favorites, the GasBuddy app has over 30 million downloads!

  • HackREGINA Community Sponsors

    YellowAPI - Our curated local search API is built off of the strength of the Yellow Pages database of over 1.5 million geo-localized business listings and associated rich content.

    Canadian Youth Business Foundation - Are you an aspiring young entrepreneur, aged 18 to 39, with a solid business idea? Are you looking for the financial support and expert advice that will help you bring your great business idea to life? The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) can help.

  • HackREGINA API Sponsors

    eHealth Saskatchewan - eHealth Saskatchewan employees and consultants are committed to making a difference for Saskatchewan residents by supporting health care providers through making important clinical information available electronically.

    Cashtie - InComm’s new Cashtie API opens up access to retailers point of sale (POS) systems, allowing any approved developer to sell online goods to consumers at these high value retail locations—opening up the possibility for web and mobile applications to accept cash payments for virtual goods, services and utilities at top retailers.

    Twilio - Twilio powers the future of business communications, enabling phones, VoIP, and messaging to be embedded into web, desktop, and mobile software.

    Wit - Wit allows you to build a Siri-like speech interface for you app in 5 min! It's an API that turns speech or text into JSON.

    Windows Azure - Add a cloud backend to your apps in minutes, enabling your apps to reach every user on every platform. With support for popular languages and open REST APIs, you’ll be ready to integrate Windows Azure into your apps in minutes. Use any of Windows Azure’s APIs to complete your hacks. You’ll need to activate a FREE trial or your MSDN Windows Azure benefits prior to using Windows Azure.

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