Torontonians making an impact at Civic Tech Toronto




Its 6pm in the evening and for many it’s the end of a work day but for Civic Tech Toronto it’s just the start of their weekly hack nights. This passionate community of diverse Torontonians come together to tackle some of the city’s biggest challenges. They take the hackathon model and extend it to provide continuity for civic projects to incubate and execute. As you walk around the room you’ll find citizens with all types of expertise huddled in groups as they brainstorm and share ideas.

It’s a unique intersection of technology, design and collaboration which has resulted in multiple successful hack nights since their start in July.

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GYBO2015 Day 1: Ideas and Innovation

Get Your Bot On 2015 kicked off last night at MaRS Discovery District with an auditorium full of robotics enthusiasts. From seasoned pros to rank beginners, from elementary students to parents (and maybe even grandparents), Toronto hackers gathered to test their creativity and have some fun.

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We’re Looking for Volunteers and Mentors!

The Get Your Bot On! team that puts together a 34-hour hackathon focused on the design and prototyping of innovative ideas and solutions in robotics is looking for Mentors & Volunteers!

These are the skills we’re looking for:

  • Innovation mentors with design skills or robotics knowledge to assist teams in their ideation process on Friday evening and early Saturday morning
  • Technical mentors with skills in 3D modelling and printing, electronics, hardware, robotics, and coding to help teams build Saturday and Sunday.  We have new hardware and wearables provided by XYZ Interactive, Wearhacks, Kiwi Wearables and RedTree Robotics.
  • Design Mentors  to help teams Saturday evening and Sunday morning to tell a compelling story.
  • Volunteers for communications, photography and web.

Contact to volunteer or mentor.  Prizes and more hardware partnerships will be announced soon. Sign up for our mailing list at, follow us on Twitter @GetYourBotOn, or join our meetup group for more information about the hackathon and future events.

Special thanks to our gold sponsor Autodesk,  our host sponsor MaRS, our silver sponsors OCE, Synaptive Medical, Kiwi Wearables, and our bronze sponsor XYZ Interactive. Good luck to teams from our post-secondary partners including Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics, and the Health Innovation Hub at the University of Toronto, Imagination Catalyst at OCAD, and the York Lassonde School of Engineering.