October 2015

On Saturday September 26th, the Canadian Safe School Network, in partnership with john st. advertising and sponsored by TELUS WISE, held Canada’s first ever cyberbullying product hackathon. The day was dedicated to producing mobile applications to combat cyberbullying – an issue that every Canadian child faces, whether directly or indirectly.

There were five teams created, which were composed of technical experts (such as coders and web developers) and subject matter experts. We had an eclectic group of individuals participate, representing the following organizations, companies and school boards: TELUS WISE, Telus, Vizwik, Peel District School Board, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), PREVNet, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Queen’s University and York University.

From 8 am to 6 pm, the teams worked tirelessly to brainstorm and generate ideas for the cyberbullying apps. By the end of the day, five fantastic ideas were presented. The app ideas were intended for various stakeholders, including student, parents, teachers and administrators, and tackled various kinds of cyberbullying problems.

We want to thank our sponsor, TELUS WISE, and all of our hackathon participants for joining us for such an inspiring, creative and impactful day.

We have a live site that connects to our hackathon – the initiative is called #BullyStop and you can visit the website at http://bullystop.ca/

The purpose of the event was to generate ideas for cyberbullying apps – but we are hoping to work with these ideas to actually produce them. Stay tuned for updates!

 

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Some of our #BullyStop signs, designed by john st.

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Tom from john st. and Ryan from CSSN presenting the opening remarks for the day.

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Gathered around for the morning introduction to the day.

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All our hackathon participants brainstorming away!

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One of the hackathon teams working away!

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