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Developers, UX designers, startups, and entrepreneurs: come together for the first ever Hackathon!

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Influence online real estate in Canada.

For the first time ever, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is opening up a suite of our data sets from Canada's No. 1 real estate website. Over a non-stop, 48-hour period, you get to challenge yourself and other competing teams to design, build and demo a real-world solution that:

  • provides simpler, smarter, faster ways for buyers to find the right home; and
  • drives more meaningful connections between REALTORS® and consumers.
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Who can hack it?

Any developers, architects, UX designers, entrepreneurs, startups, and tech companies are welcome to participate. Better yet, bring a whole team! First-timers are also welcome.

Aside from a unique and fun challenge, what's in it for you?

  • A cellphone with a magnifying glass


    Develop industry-specific dev skills from workflows to data sources.

  • A chat bubble with a thumbs up


    Meet Canada's brightest minds and show off your skills to recruiters.

  • A trophy

    Stand Out

    Raise the bar and showcase your skills to the competition.

Our Sponsors

Our Giga Sponsor

Our Partners

Hackathon Agenda

Day 1 Friday, October 12

  • 6:30 p.m.: Registration and gift bag retrieval.
  • 7 p.m.: Networking and data briefing (apps/drinks will be served) and team-building activity. Don’t have a team yet? This is a chance to connect and join one. (Sponsored by TD)

Day 2 Saturday, October 13

  • 8:30 a.m.: Welcome breakfast
  • 9 a.m.: Introductions and data briefing
  • 10 a.m.: Start hacking!
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1 p.m.: Hacking
  • 2:30 p.m.: Break
  • 3 p.m.: Hacking
  • 6 p.m.: Dinner
  • 7 p.m.: Hacking
  • 8:30 p.m.: Late night snack

Day 3 Sunday, October 14

  • 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 9 a.m.: Hacking
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1 p.m.: Hacking
  • 2:30 p.m.: Break
  • 3 p.m.: Demo/prototype pitches to a panel of judges
  • 4 p.m.: Judging
  • 5 p.m.: Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is a hackathon?

    A hackathon is an intense event that brings together software developers, designers and UX specialists, along with industry process experts, to create something innovative to address a business challenge.

  • What is the goal of a hackathon?

    This open, collaborative and fun environment can bring a fresh perspective to business challenges, as well as give an outside-in view of products. You can quickly help form ideas and create something we’re looking for—or may not have thought of yet.

    The diversity of participants guarantees a multitude of perspectives and the time limit on hackathons creates a uniquely productive atmosphere. This forces participants to distil their visionary concepts down to actionable solutions, which increases the chances of finding innovative fixes to ongoing challenges.

  • Why should I attend? attracts more than 264 million visits and generates more than 2.6 million leads for REALTORS® every year. Displaying, on average, more than 300,000 residential, commercial and rental properties across Canada at any given time, is the go-to source to find the most trusted and up-to-date property listings.

    At the Hackathon, you’ll have the opportunity to design, build and prototype an idea that will help make it easier for Canadians to find their perfect home or sell their current property. Over a 48-hour period, you’ll get to network with some of the brightest minds in tech and show off your skills to top companies.

  • What are the rules for participants?

    Here are the basics:

    • The hackathon is open to individuals who are residents of Canada and are able to attend the event in person.
    • You must be 18+ to enter.
    • Only one entry can be submitted per contestant or per team, and it must be submitted in either English or French.
    • CREA reserves the right to disqualify any contestant or entry that does not comply with the rules or negatively reflects CREA, CREA’s members or CREA’s trademarks.

    Please read all the rules and regulations here.

  • When and where is the hackathon?

    The hackathon will be held October 12 to 14, 2018 at Bayview Yards in Ottawa, Ontario.

  • Do I have to pay to attend the hackathon?

    There is a $25 fee to sign up for the hackathon.

  • What do I need to bring?

    Bring your computer, mouse, keyboard (if you need it), mobile phone, tablet and all of your devices’ chargers or power cords. Electrical outlets will be available on a first come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring music if you have a separate device and earphones/headphones. Last, but not least, bring your energy and your brainpower!

    All snacks and meals will be provided at the event to help keep you going.

  • Can we come as a team?

    We expect and encourage teams to form in advance of the provided hackathon categories. If you don’t have a team, be sure to attend the Friday networking event to form some connections.

    Maximum team size is five people.

    See the rules for more details.

  • Who owns the intellectual property (IP) to my idea?

    In general, the team or individual who develops the project is the owner of the project, including the code, copyright, patents and all other intellectual property rights. More details about IP ownership can be found in the full Hackathon Rules.

  • Will the hackathon provide accommodation or cover travel expenses?

    No, we do not offer accommodation or reimbursement for travel expenses. Contestants are responsible for any and all costs or expenses incurred to participate in the hackathon.

  • Who will be there?

    In addition to contestants, staff from CREA, including the team, sponsors and partners will be present. Make sure to bring your business cards as this is an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded people and top companies.

  • Is the venue accessible?

    Yes. If you require accommodation, please reach out to us at and we’ll be happy to help!

  • Is parking available on site?

    Yes. Parking is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends on a first-come, first-served basis. However, we recommend you consider sustainable transit options such as cycling, ride-sharing or public transportation as an alternative to driving.

    The closest transitway stop is Bayview Station. From there, it’s about a six-minute walk to the venue.

    The closest bus stop (No. 16 and No. 95) is Tom Brown Arena at Bayview and Scott Street. From there, it’s about a four-minute walk to the venue.

  • Is there a deadline to sign up?

    Yes. The deadline to sign up is Friday, September 28 at 5 p.m., but registration may close earlier if space becomes limited.

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