écoHackMTL: An excellent launch

We had an excellent turnout for the écoHackMTL launch.  A big thank-you to everyone who helped me put it together!  If you missed the action you can see a few photos over on our facebook page.

With close to 75 people in the room the energy was phenomenal, and we had a good mix of developers, community activists and NGOs, and representatives from the city.  Those were exactly the connections that we were trying to make possible.

Now the questions is how much of that momentum we can translate into concrete projects between now and the hack itself in October.

Stay tuned.  And for more info check out www.ecohackmtl.org. Read more...

écoHackMTL Launches today!

It's been a long time in the works, but my latest project: écoHackMTL has its official launch today!  

Cities are getting smarter, greener, and more open. But the challenges of this urban century are huge: climate change, rapid urbanization, resource constraints, food security. We all know the list.

But cities are also home to an amazing diversity of skilled, creative, and dedicated people.  There are community activists, NGOs, hackers, developers, and city officials all committed to making our cities better places.  écoHackMTL is an experiment into what happens when you put all those people together and help them collaborate on finding solutions to some of our most pressing urban problems.  Stay tuned to find out more. 

And if you are in Montreal today:  Come on out!

For more on the project and the amazing group of organizations that have help put it together you can also see www.ecohackmtl.org Read more...


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