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C3Tech is a regional initiative that will bring the local tech and cycling communities together. This partnership will build tools to help residents and visitors safely and easily navigate Windsor and Essex County by bike.


Hackforge has joined with The City of Windsor Bicycle Committee, the County Wide Active Transportation System (CWATS),  Parallel 42 Systems, and the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab (OTIL) to bring this project to life.

Throughout 2022 we will connect with organizations to improve and engage the community through hackathons, mapping parties, and development/software tutorials. Hackforge events are learning, networking, and community-building opportunities for people of all ages and experience levels. 

 

As this project is being created, users can follow the progress at WindsorEssexCycling.ca

Developers

The backbone of this project will be OpenStreetMaps (OSM) and it's cycling-specific layer CyclOSM. We have identified other open source solutions - such as the turn-by-turn navigation application BRouter - that can also be integrated into our final product. We encourage developers to bring their own solutions to the table as well!

Registration is now open for our Cycling Hackathon, which will run  from May 1st to June 4th. Register as an individual or team for the chance to win cash prizes!

But keep in mind that you do not need to wait for an event to contribute! Anyone interested can submit pull a request for review at any time, and we are planning periodic open-discussion sessions where developers are encouraged to ask questions and share ideas. Developers can also engage with the rest of the Hackforge community on our Discord server.

Cyclists

To help us make a tool you want to use, we need your advice and input into what it should do and how it should work.

Through our survey and town hall session, we have received input from cyclists across the county that resulted in this set of feature ideas:

Register for our upcoming Hackathon to help lead a development team on creating features that will improve cycling for locals and visitors - no coding experience required!

Businesses and Organizations

Whether you’re a cycling club, a homeschool co-op, or a winery, you can benefit from and contribute to this initiative as well. We aim to cover the entire region and to offer information that will be of interest to cyclists with a diverse range of experience and interests. Submit your business information to make sure you appear on our maps, and join our town hall forums to let us know what digital cycling tools will serve you best. 

If you’re really interested in having a specific feature available in the final tool, get in touch to learn more about how you can offer a bounty or prize for the best implementation of your idea. More information about development sponsorship can be found here.

 

Upcoming Events

C3Tech Cycling Hackathon Info Session
Thursday, April 14 @ 7pm Facebook Meetup Linkedin | Zoom

Whether you've already registered for the Hackathon or are considering signing up, this event will help you prepare. Join us to learn more about the hackathon format, the technologies involved, and the community-sourced development ideas you may choose to pursue.

This is also a great chance to meet other participants you can join forces with, and to ask questions of event organizers

If you are unable to attend this event, or would like to reach out to organizers directly, please email lauren@hackf.org

Pre-Hackathon Social
Friday, April 29 @ 6pm  Facebook | Meetup | Linkedin

Before we get deep into the official business of the C3Tech Cycling Hackathon, join us for an informal in-person gathering on Friday, April 29th. Meet event organizers, mentors, judges, and other participants in a casual environment, complete with food and drinks!

Stay tuned - location to be announced soon!

C3Tech Cycling Hackathon
Sunday, May 1 - Saturday, June 4 Register

The C3Tech Cycling Hackathon will run for five weeks, with an official kickoff on April 1st, and a closing event on June 4th.

Throughout that time, participants will have the chance to participate in weekly events to learn more about design and software development. There will also be access to mentors in various fields and disciplines to provide expert advice. Participants are welcome to collaborate with their teammates using their preferred method (in-person, Zoom, Discord, etc.)

C3Tech Cycling Hackathon Kickoff
Sunday, May 1 @ 1pm

Featuring a roundtable comprised of transportation activists, cyclists, and municipal representatives, this event will help to set the stage for why C3Tech is happening and what we’re hoping this hackathon can help achieve. Learn more about the community-generated ideas foWindsorEssexCycling.ca and get pumped up to help solve local cycling problems!

Hackathon participants will receive the Zoom link automatically, and those interested in attending the kickoff as observers are welcome to register for it via Zoom. 

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