HackMTL Second Edition = HackMTL#2


HackMTL#2 is “LOCAL+SOCIAL” — a theme, we will post more on next week. We have aligned many of the APIs with LOCAL and SOCIAL flavour, from email to search to music to transit schedules, you have all you need to make your apps “local in flavour” and “social by design”. Stay tuned next week.



presented by HackDays with

YellowAPI and ContextIO




We just wrapped up HackVan and HackTO#2 in the last two months and are now 4 short weeks away from HackMTL#2. In just under a month we are having the mother of all hacks in Montreal — there will be tons of prizes, a cool venue, amazing tech rock stars and of course YOU — yeah you! YOU as in reading this post. YOU as in signing up right now and bringing your skills to the hack.

Each and every hack, we have been blown away by the support of the community, and HackMTL#2 will be no different. We have tried very hard to bring as much local flavour to the event as possible and are excited to have 5 Montreal APIs, 3 from Toronto and even 2 USA-based APIs sponsoring the event. We also have the comittment of Cossette, offering up a killer downtown venue. Finally, we are pleased to have the support of then Open Data communities in Montreal with Montreal Ouvert and Open North along with some amazing public data sets from the STL, STM, Bixi, Communauto and Ville de Montreal.

So, we are back with the second edition of HackMTL and this one promises to be bigger than our first HackMTL where we had 50 developers. We have an awesome line up of APIs, developers, sponsors and support from our tech, startup and open data communities and can’t wait for June 9th.


Event details:

  • Who: Everyone! hackers, coders, architects, designers, dreamers…
  • What: HackMTL#2. An all day hackathon
  • When: Saturday June 9th, 2012 from 9 AM to 8 PM
  • Where: Cossette HQ, 2100 Drummond, Montréal, QC, H3G 1X1
  • Registration is now open. So grab a ticket and plot your world domination!

This time around we are opening up tickets as well for the evening presentations, so if you are not interested in building an app and hacking away with us, you can still drop by and check out the awesome applications built and meet your dev community.

We will be keeping the same crazy schedule as our previous hackathons , with pretty much the same set up. There will be:

  • Awesome APIs and developers who will be supporting the APIs you will be working with
  • API introductions, presentations and workshops for you get up to speed on the APIs you will be working with
  • Food and drink all day long – you won’t have to worry about a thing!
  • Fantastic prizes from our sponsors, API providers and start-ups
  • Amazing opportunity for you to meet your startup community and other talented developers



  • 9:00 – Breakfast and intros: Meet your HackDays organizers & all the developers, get acquainted with the space
  • 9:30 – API presentations: learn about the APIs available. Each API provider will have 5 minutes to introduce their API, discuss its salient features and get you excited about using it.
  • 10:15 – Open Planning: come up with hacking idea and build a team. This is a white board exercise: if you have an idea that you would like to work on, just put its name down on the white board; if you are looking to build a team, identify yourself to other developers with the skill sets that you need. If you are looking for ideas, identify yourself to other developers as well.
  • 10:30 – Hacking setup and start. You claim a little spot with your team or by yourself and start working on your project. All the API providers will be available the entire day to provide support.
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1:00 – Continue hacking – help yourself to all the snacks you need!
  • 5:30 – Application presentation – 3 minutes for each presenter! Beers!
  • 7:00 – Judging and prizes
  • 7:30 – After party celebration at a nearby pub (to be announced!

Would you like to help us make this hackathon the best Montreal hackathon ever? Get involved!

We are looking for:

  • People: we are looking for all those who are digitally savvy, whether a coder, a designer, a marketer or good with biz models, we are looking for all manner of hacker and entrepreneur
  • APIs: does your company have an awesome API? Tell us about it, and let’s get you on board
  • Sponsorships: nothing would be possible without the awesome support of our community and our sponsors. You can help us by becoming a sponsor for the hackathon or the pre or post hackathon party. We would love to speak with you about sponsorships, so please get in touch!
  • Volunteers: can’t code but want to help, reach out and get in touch, register, some and support the community

Getting in touch: Got an idea to discuss? A suggestion? Would like to see a particular API included? Drop us a note!



There will be tons of prizes at HackMTL#2. First we will have the HackDays official prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. And we want to remind all hackers that to be eligible to win these prizes we are looking for NEW and ORIGINAL ideas, not the same ones from past hacks.  We will be doing a blog post in the coming days highlighting some of the amazing things built over the last two years, so be creative.

Official HackMTL#2 Prizes:

  • First place: $1,000
  • Second place: $750
  • Third place: $500
Un-official HackMTL#2 prizes:
  • Open Data: $300 (best use of MTL-based open data set)

For HackMTL#2, we will be introducing company sponsored prizes. These will be prizes for the best use of a company’s specific API. Stay tuned for our announcement in the coming days! Some of the prizes in the past have been CN Tower Edge Walk, a ride in a Piper Cub stunt plane, annual subscriptions to GitHub and of course all the Apple gift cards you can win!


Thank You to our Sponsors

We would like to thank our first (and repeat) sponsors without whom nothing is possible: Thank you YellowAPIFreshbooksTinEyeContextIO, Shopify, and AtomicReach

Today we also welcome our awesome venue sponsor, Cossette. As well a host of new new API sponsors, without whom we would not have the local and social APIs to make this event possible: STL, STMSendGrid, CakeMail, Wajam, Status.net, Primus and Rdio.


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  • 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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