30 May 2022 – 07:32
No one questions the fact that the Okanagan, and particularly Kelowna, has an affordable housing problem.
It is the fourth most expensive major Canadian city for rents and has some of the most expensive real estate.
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Accelerate Okanagan is looking for creative ideas on how to solve the problem with a one-day affordable housing hackathon.
“Local communities are experiencing a rapid increase in housing issues, including supply and demand, rising costs, new housing starts, community planning, and more,” reads a press release from Accelerate Okanagan. . “The impacts of these challenges are far-reaching and affect not only current Okanagan residents, but also future residents and the sustainability of life in the Okanagan Valley. Solving these complex challenges will require people from different backgrounds to come together in unique ways.
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The hackathon concept will divide participants into teams who, through a process called “Design Thinking,” will “bring ideas to life in hours.”
The session will take place on June 23 at the Innovation Center in downtown Kelowna. Participants can register here.
“This event is open to anyone interested in developing an innovative mindset and creating creative solutions to a critical challenge facing our community,” the press release reads. “You don’t have to be a coder or work in IT to participate in a hackathon. In fact, the most successful concepts are generated when teams have a diverse set of skills, perspectives, and experiences.
At the end of the day, each team will present their ideas and a winner will be chosen. Community members can attend just to hear the presentations and keynote speaker, Paula Quinn of KF Aerospace.
The hackathon starts at 9:00 a.m. The pitches can be listened to from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“Hackathons are a great opportunity to collaborate and make new connections in the community,” said Alex Goodhew, community manager at Accelerate Okanagan, in the press release. “Whether you work in the housing industry, currently reside in the Okanagan, or are new to the area and want to expand your network, this is a great opportunity to connect. The teamwork I see at these events is truly inspiring.”
Last winter, Accelerate Okanagan held similar events focusing on climate change and waste. The winner of the challenge to eliminate waste, for example, came up with the idea of a food cooperative program that would create a localized self-sustaining supply chain.
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