People Before Profit Hackathon


Join us on February 16 & 17, 2018 for the People Before Profit Hackathon, and make a positive change for your community! The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) is hosting our first hackathon to tackle social problems with technological change in the financial industry and we want you! We give participants 10 hours to come up with any app or digital concept that demonstrates social good in the financial industry and compete for $5000+ in cash and prizes!

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values is an independent network of banks and credit unions using finance to deliver sustainable economic, social and environmental development.

Read our participant FAQ or community partner FAQ to learn more. For additional questions, please contact hackathon@vancity.com.

Hackers: register your team

Interested in using your skills to create more social, economic and environmental impact? Create a team of 3 to 5 or come as an indvidual to be matched into a team and compete for $5000+ in cash and prizes!

Register now

Community partners: pitch your problem

We are seeking 3-5 passionate community partners to present a problem for our hackers to solve.  Partners will be asked to present the problem to a group of 100+ hackers for 5 minutes then answer questions.  Hackers will then get to work presenting possible solutions the following day.

Submit a problem


Event itinerary

Day 1 - Feb 16

Day 2 - Feb 17

6:30 PM - Registration

7:00 PM - Welcome / Topics

8:00 PM - Team formation / Sign up for mentor sessions

9:00 PM - Wrap

8:30 AM - Doors open / workspace assignment

9:00 AM - Hack Starts

12:00 PM - Lunch

6:30 PM -  Dinner and Submission Deadline

7:30 PM - Pitches/Presentations

8:30 PM - Judging and Prize Awards

9:30 PM - Wrap


* A final schedule will be posted and distributed closer to the event.


Hackathon instructions

Teams can build apps from scratch (Mobile App / Consumer Web App / Business Web App). Your team can create a solution that directly meets one of our community partner ‘Problem Statements’, or your own identified social impact solution.

Prizes will be awarded by the judging panel to winners at the end of Day 2 of the hackathon.

There will be 2 rounds of judging on Day 2. During Round One, judges will hear the pitches from all teams building on their technology and fill out a scoring sheet on each team.

Round one judging will be based on:

  1. How much progress you make
  2. Concept – does it solve a real problem?
  3. Feasibility – could this become a workable solution for a GABV-aligned Financial Institution?

The top 5 project teams will pitch on the main stage.

Independent participants will be invited ahead of the event on Day 1 to organize teams by pitching through a networking session. Teams with less than 5 participants can contact other members about joining projects.


Participant FAQ

Who can participate in the hackathon?

The GABV Vancouver Hackathon is open to any registered attendee to participate. You can be a developer, designer, biz dev person, idea person, or anything in between.

What types of projects can hackathon teams work on?

Hackathon teams can work on any type of project (web apps, mobile apps, wearable solutions, data visualizations, algorithms, even video presentations or visual mock-ups). Typically 95%+ of teams will end up building web and mobile applications.

How do I form a hackathon team?

You can form a hackathon team before the hackathon (either with friends / co-workers). Teams are asked to be between 3-5 participants. Most participants will find teams at the hackathon kick-off (Friday before the main event) either by hearing the idea pitches or by finding a project team to join that has free spaces and interest. Teams must register before the full event kick-off and will be locked in for the remainder of the event.

How do project teams get judged?

When it comes to winning a sponsor’s prize, your team is responsible for demoing the project to the sponsor on Saturday at the specified time. Judges are solely responsible for choosing which teams win the prizes.

The first round of judging takes place on Friday. A judge (who may be another sponsor, conference speaker, investor, or expert) will visit your table and hear your 2-minute product pitch. Projects will mainly be judged on 1) Progress on the solution 2) Communication of the idea and 3) Would this make a viable solution to solve one of the addressed problems?

Who owns the technology that hackathon teams produce?

The teams that work on the projects own the project technologies, however ‘just being a team member’ at the hackathon does not mean that you get to own any code or IP that your teammates (or the audience) produce in the future based on the idea. Any ideas you pitch or share at the hackathon are released into the ‘public domain’ and we do not require attendees to sign non-disclosure agreements! It’s just a hackathon — if you’re worried about people stealing your startup idea — then this might not be the right place to unveil it.

Does the hackathon, its sponsors, or mentors provide any assistance to teams?

Almost all the sponsors are available to help you with your project (even if you’re not even using their technology!) You can contact the sponsors directly online through hackathon@vancity.com. We will also have a list of mentors you can contact for specific help.


Community Partner FAQ

Why should I participate?

Hackathons are proven ground for finding innovative solutions to societal challenges. If you are passionate about contributing to solutions to help solve challenges facing your community, you’re invited to participate!

What is the time commitment?

3-4 hours total. You will be presenting a Community Problem: These are presented on Friday, February 16th and we ask Community Partners to check in at 6:30pm and be available until 9:00pm. Additionally, you may be blocked into a mentor session on Saturday, February 17th to clarify your problem and answer questions from teams.

What is a problem statement?

Great question – we are seeking broad based community problems that grapple with social, economic and environmental challenges.

Here is a sample from a previous event to get you thinking:

“Financial Literacy for a Sandwich Generation.” How can we use technology to provide clearer insights of those managing ‘multi-household’ finances? Develop a solution that:

  • Responds to financial events that occur in multi-generational households
  • Recognizes potential financial impacts to housing, property tax, etc.

How do project teams get judged?

When it comes to winning a sponsor’s prize, teams are responsible for demoing the project on Saturday at the specified time. Judges are solely responsible for choosing which teams win the prizes.

The first round of judging takes place on Friday. A judge (who may be another sponsor, conference speaker, investor, or expert) will visit your table and hear your 2-minute product pitch. Projects will mainly be judged on 1) Progress on the solution 2) Communication of the idea and 3) Would this make a viable solution to solve one of the addressed problems?

Who owns the technology that hackathon teams produce?

The teams that work on the projects own the project technologies, however ‘just being a team member’ at the hackathon does not mean that they get to own any code or IP that their teammates (or the audience) produce in the future based on the idea. Any ideas pitched or shared at the hackathon are released into the ‘public domain’ and we do not require attendees to sign non-disclosure agreements.