NOVEMBER 23 - 26, 2021

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Win 1 of 4 prizes of $5,000

Win 1 of 4 prizes of $5,000

Challenging Canadians to create tech-enabled solutions that combat hate

In the wake of the rising number of hate crimes taking place in society, the DMZ and Penny Appeal Canada have teamed up to launch Hack Against Hate. During this 4-day national competition, young Canadians are invited to brainstorm and build a prototype for a digital solution that combats hate crimes in an effort to make our world a more safe, inclusive, and happy place to live.

Participants are placed in teams and receive professional training and mentorship on building and pitching a tech solution. At the end of the Hack Against Hate competition, the top 4 teams will each receive $5,000 in cash prizes.

What kinds of products or services are accepted?

  • Tools that provide victim support or crisis intervention services
  • Community building tools to enable safety support systems and stabilize communities that are at risk
  • Solutions created for use by mental health professionals, non-police crisis teams, familial support workers, or others in similar fields
  • Tools that help social media users identify and combat misinformation
  • Products or services that educate the public on hate crime
  • Tools to help institutions, schools, and employers report hate speech and spread positivity

What do participants get?

  • Hands-on support over a virtual 4-day program that helps you ideate and build innovative anti-hate tech solutions
  • Expert-led workshops on design thinking, product development, UX/UI, customer discovery, pitching, and more
  • Dedicated mentorship and support from the DMZ and Penny Appeal Canada
  • The chance to pitch your digital solution for the chance to win 1 of 4 $5,000 cash prizes
  • Marketing and PR exposure through the DMZ’s channels

How are teams formed?

You can apply as a team of up to 4 people. If you don’t have a team yet, don’t worry! Let us know on your application form and the DMZ will connect you with teammates that complement your skillset. If you already have a team with 2-4 individuals, only one submission is required per team upon registration.

What are the key dates?

The 4-day virtual challenge will begin on Tuesday, November 23 and will run until Friday, November 26. Judging and winner announcements will take place virtually on Friday, November 26.

Who is eligible to participate?

To register, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen (excluding Quebec), a permanent resident of Canada, or hold current and valid authorization under the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Be between the ages of 15 - 29 years old* and currently enrolled in high school or a university, college, or trade program.
  • Be interested in creating an anti-hate solution; you are welcome to register with an existing product idea, or you can come up with your idea once you are assigned a team.

*If the individual is under the age of 18 in their province or territory of residence, the individual must provide appropriate parental/legal guardian consent for the individual’s participation in the competition.

What is a hate crime?

Hate can manifest in a variety of forms. Hate crimes include, but are not limited to, physical and psychological intimidation, blackmail, property damage, violence, or inflicting any other type of negative impact towards an individual or community based on their skin colour, ethnicity, religion/belief, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other motivations.

Register by Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

If you’re competing with a team, only one submission form is necessary.

Hack Against Hate Partners

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Penny Appeal Canada is a relief and development organization with a really BIG vision for the world. We want to create the best societies we can and break the cycles of need and poverty for good with our long-term sustainable solution approach. That’s why we work to turn small change into a BIG DIFFERENCE.

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The DMZ is a leading startup incubator equipping the next generation of leading tech entrepreneurs with the tools needed to build, launch, and scale highly impactful startups. By providing connections to customers, coaching, capital, and a community, the DMZ’s customized approach helps innovators reach the next milestone in their entrepreneurial journey – whatever that might be. Through its award-winning programming, the DMZ has helped more than 620 startups raise $1.42 billion in capital and create 4,400+ jobs. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada with globally- accessible programming, the DMZ has a widely-recognized international presence with offices in Vietnam and India, and partnerships across North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

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