United Way invites you to the Techathlon – Opening Ceremonies

Blog March 7, 2019

Posted by Eryca

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The United Way along with several program partners are bringing together Okanagan tech companies for some friendly competition and an amazing cause.

Techathlon kicks off Thursday, March 7 with the Kicking It Old School – Retro Gaming Challenge and Opening Ceremonies. Local media are welcome to join us for the head-to-head Mario Kart Challenge in the Innovation Centre theatre. Sixteen teams will have one person compete in the elimination style tournament. The weekly challenges continue for 8 weeks concluding with the closing ceremonies and Rock/Paper/Scissors tournament April 25, 2019 at coLab’s Affinity Hall.


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 <CODE>anagan, a non-profit program that helps local youth connect to opportunities in the tech sector. 

The Cause: <CODE>anagan 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 <CODE>anagan is designed to ignite imagination and aspiration among a group who may not realize the opportunities available to them right here in the valley. 

WHEN: Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm; Mario Kart Tourney starts at 5 pm

WHERE: Innovation Centre, 460 Doyle Ave., Kelowna, BC                                               

WHO: 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, XAP Xapsters

Presenting Sponsor: Twirling Umbrellas

Weekly Challenge Sponsors: BDO, Crowe MacKay, Hyper Hippo, Innov8 Digital Solutions, Mega Build Lab, Telus, Two Hat Security

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

CODEanagan Corporate Partners: Coast Capital Savings, RBC


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


For details about <CODE>anagan and the Techathlon, visit: http://codeanagan.com or https://www.techathlon.ca/

Tickets >>> http://trellis.org/techathlon-openingceremonies


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