Hackergal Hackathon

D. Roy Kennedy Public School
919 Woodroffe Avenue
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December 12, 2017 – Ottawa, ON - Hackergal Hackathon is coming to OCDSB schools tomorrow, December 13, 2017.  During a Hackergal Hackathon - groups of girls work together over a one-day period to first learn how to use a game development platform and; then how to create a functioning game. 

D. Roy Kennedy Principal, Andrew Nordman believes providing girls with the opportunity to experience coding and combining it with the excitement of a hackathon has the potential to inspire.

Hackergal Co-Founder and Managing Director, Lucy Ho will be at D. Roy Kennedy School to oversee the girl’s projects. Ms. Ho says women are vastly underrepresented in the tech industry all over the world, and she hopes Hackergal will encourage a new wave of Canadian female coders to bring equality to the booming industry. You can discover more information about Hackergal at

The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board will be at the school to deliver a short speech on the importance of girls in technology and observer first-hand the students’ designs.

Julie Leese, Chief Information Officer for Transport Canada, will offer her coding expertise to the girls.

Trustee, Theresa Kavanagh a long-time champion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the classroom will also be at the school.

D. Roy Kennedy Public School - Hackathon Schedule

Date: December 13, 2017 

9:00 a.m.         Welcome and introduction to Hackergal’s Mission

9:15 a.m.         Hackathon Phase One: game theme reveal, planning, and ideation

10:45 a.m.       Hackathon Phase Two: working on creating and coding a game

12:00 p.m.       Continuation of Hackathon Phase Two

1:15 p.m.         Hackathon Phase Three: refinement and submission of game

1:45 p.m.         Minister Brison introduced

1:50 p.m.         Minister Brison delivers remarks

2:45 p.m.         Hackergal hands out badges to students 

Hackergal events are also taking place in other OCDSB schools including

Westwind Public School School students will travel to nearby Goulbourne Middle School to promote their love of technology with the younger students. Both schools are well known as being Hackergal Champions. Metcalf Public School and Saw Mill Creek Public School are also expecting to be visited by Ms. Ho. Vimy Ridge Public School has several Hackergal activities planned for tomorrow as well.  


For more information, please contact: Sharlene Hunter, Communications Officer at 613-596-8264 or 
D. Roy Kennedy Principal, Andrew Nordman at 613-728-1993


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