CUHackingWith many Carleton University alum currently calling Martello ‘home’ we were thrilled to be asked to be a sponsor for CUHacking – the largest hackathon in Ottawa to date, with more than 800 applicants from around the world. So what’s a hackathon? Well, let’s paint you a picture; imagine over 300 university students working in teams to bring an idea to life through different challenges that will create either a software or hardware project over an intense 24 hour period. With the hackathon taking place March 4-5, we are busy at Martello putting together a team of mentors who will be able to assist students over the 24 hour period and we are developing a challenge that we know will really put the student’s skills to the test.  You can be sure there will be lots of Red Bull and most probably pizza as well but the real objective of this amazing event is for students to be challenged to develop some applicable skills and to learn something new along the way. At Martello, we are always looking for top talent and we see participating in CUHacking as an opportunity to go ‘straight to the source’.  As a sponsor, we get to run our own challenge and be in the front row as new ideas are discovered among the top-tier of engineering students at Carleton University.

The Challenge

The details are still a secret, but one thing’s for sure: Martello’s challenge won’t be a theoretical exercise. Our objective is to structure a challenge that responds to a real-life problem, and results in a working demo that students can show their friends, profs and future employers. That’s really a reflection of Martello’s culture and how we engage the talented people that make up our team. For example, we have a strong internal mentorship program at Martello where co-op students are paired to work with a mentor throughout their term and are actively developing key features of our product that customers will use every day.  The strong relationship between employee and student encourages a constant exchange of knowledge and ideas that in turn leads to a positive placement experience and allows us to develop skills that we would then look to hire for when the time comes.

Will We See you There?

For more details on this event be sure to check out the CUHacking website and follow us on twitter @MartelloTech for day-of-event pictures and updates.  We can’t wait to be there with other sponsors like March Networks, Bloomberg, GitHub and Real Decoy. Let the hacking begin!