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MRU’s ID Alumni Win the Calgary Hack-a-Thon

This past May, the City of Calgary hosted hackers, designers, and big thinkers to re-imagine pedestrian comfort. Teams of three to six participants from various disciplines channeled their creative energy into using open data to develop ‘something’ (maybe an app, maybe a map) during a hackathon weekend. The goal of this annual event is to brainstorm solutions for making Calgary more livable.

The winning proposal uses simple materials — poster board and pens — to encourage community residents to share their favourite walkable destinations in their neighbourhood. It can also carry over into social media sharing using hashtags. It was developed by Gabrielle Dickson, MacKenzie Johnson, Sarah Ali, Lynn Machacek, Sean Milan and Logan Krupa.

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