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!?!
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
3rd place: Mission Group DeTECHtives – Calvin Chan
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
Check out the photo gallery: www.facebook.com/supermegaultimateTECHATHLON
Thanks to Official photograher, Lewis Brunt, team photos coming soon!