Hacking For A Better World

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Hacking For A Better World

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Hacking For A Better World

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Steacie Library Dungeon Hackfest 2017

By York University Libraries

Date: February 22nd – 23rd 2017

Time: 9:00am Feb 22nd – 5:00pm Feb 23rd

Location: Steacie Science and Engineering Library.

Do you love crunching data? Creating breathtaking visualization? Or do want to learn how to do those things? Do you have a brilliant business involving data idea but you are not sure how to build it? Do you think that there’s some wisdom hidden in someone else’s data that can help us understand the world better? Are you a go-getter who will hack your way to your goals?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, we invite you to participate in the Third Steacie Library Hackfest!

What is a Hackfest? If you haven’t been to one, it is about spending two days collaborating with your fellow students on a particular project, and bringing the project to reality! Students from disciplines such as Computer Science and Engineering, Fine Arts, Business, Digital Media, and Health will work together to share ideas and create solutions.

If you want to gain experience bringing an idea to life, or just want to participate in a fun collaborative environment, mark your calendar for the Annual Steacie Library Hackfest supported by LaunchYU, on February 22nd-23rd, 2017. We look forward to seeing you there!

Breakfast, lunch, and caffeine provided!


Day 1: Wednesday February 22, 2017


0900: Registration & Breakfast
0930: Idea Pitches
1030: Start Hacking
1100: Presentation: Introduction to Project Management!
1230: Lunch


1330: Mentor Drop In (Until 5PM)
1330: Keep Hacking


1800: Dinner
1900: Keep Hacking
2200: Day’s Done
Day 2: Thursday February 23, 2017


0900: Breakfast
1000: Hacking & Presentation Prep.
1030: Mentor Drop In (Focusing on Presentation)
1230: Lunch


1400: Final Presentations
  • YU Meet
  • York Explore
  • YU Assistant
  • Seats@YorkU
  • Wake Me Up
  • Taste of YorkU
  • CSM
  • Frendr
  • Jumba
  • Armanco
  • It’s Time
  • Gold Standard
  • Hackstreet Boyz
  • CS York
  • Smyrt
1600: Networking Reception
1700: Hackfest is done!

Registration is now closed

If you have any concerns or to update us on your attendance, 

please use our contact form below.

Thank you!


Below are some resources, which might aid you in your project.

New to UI and graphic design?
More Data Sets
Free and open datasets on business & economics
  • CANSIM — Statistics Canada’s key socioeconomic database, updated daily.
  • International Monetary Fund — all datasets, including International Financial Statistics, Balance of Payment Statistics, Government Finance Statistics, and Direction of Trade Statistics
  • UNdata — A portal to the many products produced by the United Nationas Statistical Division. The numerous databases, tables and glossaries containing over 60 million data points cover a wide range of themes.
  • World Bank — all datasets, including World Development Indicators (1345 data series in development from 214 countries and 34 country groupings, with data going back to 1960).


Vassilios Tzerpos

Vassilios received his Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 2001, and joined York University in the fall of the same year. He is interested in software engineering, in particular software maintenance, reverse engineering and software clustering.

Hassan Jaferi

As a commercialization manager at MaRS Innovation, Hassan divides his time between projects located in York University’s Innovation York office and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s Technology Transfer office, located in the Sunnybrook Research Institute.

James “Jim” Freemantle

James “Jim” Freemantle (BSc Physics Waterloo, MSc Physics York University), is the York University Project Manager for the OSIRIS-REx Lidar Altimeter (OLA) Science Support Team on the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. Before OLA he was the Project Manager for the Canadian Met Sensor on board the Phoenix Mars Lander. Jim has had a long career using remote sensing to monitor environmental change. When not chasing down the OLA team for project reports and deliverables, Jim enjoys pounding the pavement as a long distance runner.

Taha Hasan Ubaid

Taha is a web developer, and a lifelong nutella enthusiast. He’s also a Microsoft Student Partner with a focus on Infrastructure, Cloud and Developer Tools. A lot of his time is spent talking to other developers, particularly students, and mentoring them at various Hackathons.

Mona Elayyan

Mona Elayyan currently works at York University, Scott Library Reference as a the Environmental Studies and English Literature Liaison Librarian. She holds three degrees from the University of Toronto: a Masters of Information, an Electrical Engineering and English Specialist. Mona is excited to be at her first Hackfest at Steacie Library and cannot wait to see the creative projects students will create.

Walter Giesbrecht

Walter Giesbrecht has been the data librarian at York University Toronto since 1998; prior to this he was an organic chemist, atmospheric chemist, seabird biologist, crayfish biologist, medical research technician, and science librarian.

Krassimir Gadjokov

Krassimir Gadjokov is a Senior Security Consultant at TELUS. He’s extremely experienced in professional in Cyber Security, Application and System Security. He also has vast knowledge of information and communication technology and is deeply knowledgeable in system analysis as well as business processes.

Stacy Allison-Cassin

Stacy Allison-Cassin is the W.P. Scott Chair in E-Librarianship, an endowed chair position which she began at York University in January 2015. She is researching the application of Linked Open Data (LOD) in libraries and archives through the development of a framework to map the folk music scene in Toronto during the 1960s. 





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