March 8, 2019 – Techathlon kicked off Thursday, March 7 with the Kicking It Old School – Retro Gaming Challenge and Opening Ceremonies at the Innovation Centre theatre. Sixteen teams from the tech sector and beyond participated with  one person competing head to head in the elimination style tournament.

The event started with a pizza and bevie social (thanks to Curious Cafe and Russell Brewery) as teams carbed up for the friendly competition. The Mario Kart tournament was a blast! The enthusiastic crowd cheered on the players…who knew there was so many Mario Kart fans out there!?!

Check out the Global Okanagan News story

And the results are in – congrats to all the competitors and finalists:

1st place: Sokanu XAPpers – Manvir Sangha


2nd place: Crowe MacKay (and Event Sponsor) – Devin Hilbrecht

Calvin Chan in the 3rd place final with MC, Craig Calder with Airhouse and Christine Weber with WhooPass

3rd place: Mission Group DeTECHtives – Calvin Chan

Download the Mario Kart Tournament Results

Thanks to all the TECHATHLON teams for making this a great event!

Accelerate Okanagan, Advanced WP, Apero-Just Add Coffee, BDO Browser Arowsers, BigSteelBox, Coast Capital’s Boys and Girls, Crowe MacKay, GetintheLoop Wolfpack, Farris Law, Innov8, Mission Group DeTECHTives, Strawhouse-HungryLiketheWolf, Team Trellis, Two Hat, Sokanu XAPpers

Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor and TECHATHLON creative design team: Twirling Umbrellas

Thanks to our Opening Ceremonies hosts: Innovation Centre and Accelerate Okanagan

Opening Ceremonies/Mario Kart Tournament – First Prize Donor: El Taquero

Special thanks to our media partners for your in-kind promotional support:  Castanet, Bell Media – AM1150, EZRock, SunFM, Capital News, Global Okanagan

Techathlon Weekly Challenges brought to you by: 

BDO, Crowe MacKay, Hyper Hippo, Innov8 Digital Solutions, Mega Build Lab, Telus, and Two Hat Security


The Fundraiser: Techathlon is a fun-filled fundraising campaign involving eight simple but ‘ridiculous challenges’ from retro video gaming, to a stock photo contest, and rock paper scissors tournament. While there are prizes and bragging rights on the line, the ultimate goal is to raise funds for disadvantaged youth in our community. All of the proceeds from the Techathlon go to CODEanagan, a non-profit program that helps local youth connect to opportunities in the tech sector.

The cause: CODEanagan is a non-profit program designed to give disadvantaged youth, aged 16-22,  access to learning opportunities in the tech sector. Bootcamps and courses build skills in tech subjects from audio engineering and video game development to 3-D printing. Teaming up with a coach from a local tech business helps them navigate the sector. Many of these kids slip through the cracks in traditional education so CODEanagan is designed to ignite imagination and aspiration among a group who may not realize the opportunities available to them right here in the valley.

CODEanagan Program Partners: Accelerate Okanagan, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, Okanagan College, and United Way

CODEanagan Corporate Partners: Coast Capital Savings and RBC

For details about CODEanagan and the Techathlon, visit: or

Check out the photo gallery: 

Thanks to Official photograher, Lewis Brunt,  team photos coming soon!