Something Awesome: The Charity App Challenge!

Scroll, click, code. In the computer world that’s akin to ready, set, go.  Over two-days in February that’s exactly what Calgary software developers will be doing to help create mobile apps that benefit Calgary charities.

We’re proud to announce that Awesome Foundation – Calgary is working with the Calgary Herald, Digital Alberta and Place2Give to find out what Calgary’s IT talent can do to help 12 Awesome Calgary charities with a two-day Hack-a-thon taking place on Saturday, February 2 through Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Calgary Herald as part of the Charity App Challenge.

While 48 hours isn’t a lot of time to develop a fully-functional gold release, the winning team will receive a chance to work with the charities to further develop and refine their apps with a $37,000 contract to be awarded after the Hack-a-thon on Sunday evening.

If you or someone you know is up to the challenge, there’s still time and room to get involved, whether as an app developer, a volunteer or as a sponsor.

If you’re an app developer or part of a team and wish to enter the Charity App Challenge, fill out the entry form here.

If you’re interested in helping out as a volunteer, fill out this form.

If you’re on Twitter and just want to help spread the word, you can keep up with the developers at either @YYCCharityHack or using the hashtag #Hack4Good.

For more information, check out the Calgary Herald website or contact Ann Huskinson, Calgary Herald Christmas Fund Manager at [email protected].

Back in the saddle again with a six-shooter and a bag o’ cash

The start of a new year means it’s time to bring back everybody’s favourite fourth-Thursday-of-the-month event.  I’m talking about, of course, Awesome Calgary’s Thousand Dollar Thursday.

This month, you can find our recap of the event on Storify, which is also embedded below for your reading pleasure.

The winner for this month was Neil Egsgard with Kensington Interaction, a space built by Neil to showcase local knowledge and to connect community in the neighbourhood of Sunnyside.  You can see Neil’s project submission on the main AF website here and read our micro-grant announcement on the International AF blog here.

Thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to join us at our event yesterday, and thank you to all of our Top4 Finalists for the month of January.  We hope we were able to bring you some exposure to your Awesome Ideas, and you never know who’s out there watching…

Big thanks to Chinook Centre for graciously hosting us this month as well.

And thank you to everyone who submitted an idea for consideration this month too.  It’s always hard to whittle down all the monthly submissions into our short lists, and we encourage you to resubmit your idea if you wish.  We’re currently accepting submissions for our February prize; if you’d like to put forward an idea, simply fill out this handy-dandy web form.  The deadline for submissions this round is Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.

Finally, we’re on the look out for new Trustees and new volunteers across a wide variety of positions.  If you feel that you have something to contribute to the Awesome Movement in Calgary (or if you’re a venue interested in hosting one of our events this year), send a message to [email protected].

Until next month, Stay Awesome!

Kensington Interaction – AF-Calgary’s January 2013 Grant


Awesome Foundation – Calgary’s January 2013 $1,000 micro-grant went to Neil Egsgard with Kensington Interaction, a space built by Neil to showcase knowledge and to connect community in the Calgary neighbourhood of Sunnyside.

Based on the concepts of constructive communication and respect, Kensington Interaction is a public display space and message board where information from the neighbourhood and art from local artists can be found and seen by the thousands of Calgarians who live in the region and commute through it everyday due to its visibility in a high traffic area.

AF-Calgary’s $1,000 will allow Neil to take his space to the next level by creating four new displays containing a wide variety of knowledge such as how to effectively choose food from various providers based on knowledge provided by local chefs and health/fitness professionals, presentation of Governor General award-winning research on conflict resolution in African refugee camps provided by a local scholar, and finally, showcasing local art and stories created by local artists.

You can check out video of Neil’s 90 second pitch at our January 2013 Awesome Calgary Thousand Dollar Thursday event on here.

If you’re in the Calgary area, be on the look out in Kensington for the new displays coming soon, or visit the space now to see what is currently being showcased.

Another four great ideas were showcased at our January Awesome Calgary Thousand Dollar Thursday event. To relive the all the action, check out <a href="

After taking a small break for the holidays, AF-Calgary returned to award another $1,000 micro-grant to an Awesome Idea for the month of January.”>our recap on Storify!

Photo Credit: Tristan Bauer

Source: The Awesome Foundation

Important Information regarding this month’s Thousand Dollar Thursday event at Chinook Centre

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Just a reminder that our Awesome Calgary Thousand Dollar Thursday event for January 2013 (our first of the new year!) will be held at Chinook Centre.

This month, we’ll be on the lower level of the shopping mall at Target Court (formally Zellers), near the escalators and the Starbucks kiosk.

  • What:  January 2013 Awesome Calgary Thousand Dollar Thursday
  • Where:  Chinook Centre, 6455 Macleod Trail SW at Target Court, Lower Level (formally Zellers, beside the escalators and Starbucks kiosk)
  • When:  Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Important Information for Calgary Transit Users

If you’re a transit user (like the author of this blog post) or planning to take transit to this month’s venue, please note that the Chinook LRT station is closed for construction for the next eight months for modifications to accommodate four-car CTrain cars in the future, and that you won’t be able to board or disembark from the CTrain at that station.

Alternative route information can be found at Calgary Transit’s website, but if you’re a CTrain user and want to take that to the venue, shuttle buses to Chinook station are available at the 39 Avenue CTrain station.

The Chinook bus terminal has been relocated to 3 Street SW as well and all buses that normally would have stopped at the Chinook LRT station can be caught there.

For the most up-to-date information regarding alternative transit routes at Chinook, make sure to check out Calgary Transit’s website.

Finally, the new year means we’re on the look out for bold ideas and new ways of thinking.  We’re looking to bring on many new Trustees and volunteers in a variety of fields for 2013, so if you’ve ever thought about (or if you’re interested!) in joining Team AF-Calgary, now’s the perfect time to send an email to [email protected].

Hope to see you this Thursday!

The Podcast Yet to be Named – Episode 0b: We Survived The Apocalypse!

The pilot podcast with No Name (yet!) is back with Episode 0b! 

The pilot podcast with No Name (yet!) is back with Episode 0b!  We’re still looking for a catchy name, so if you have any suggestions, let us know!


We survived the Mayan Apocalypse…so now what do we do?

As Calgary as Canada’s Cultural Capital continues on until the end of March, @regtiangha@lonnietaylor return to Steeps Tea to talk about some of the cool things happening in Calgary this month (and beyond!) including the kick-off of Hart Legacy Wrestling, the return of NHL Hockey, the 2nd Annual Calgary Arts Champions Congress, InvestYYC, Image Square – The Canon Experience Centre and…Warp Engines??


Recorded on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Steeps Tea on 17th Avenue SW.

Intro and Outro Theme:  Free Software Song 2 by Jono Bacon


 The Podcast Yet to be Named – Episode 0b: We Survived The Apocalypse! (64kbps AAC, 16MB)


  • 00:00.000 – Intro
  • 00:32.000 – We survived The Apocalypse!  So, now what?
  • 01:03.000 – The Cultural Year Continues!
  • 02:48.250 – 2nd Annual Calgary Arts Champions Congress
  • 03:17.562 – Calgary 2012 – InvestYYC
  • 05:07.875 – Hockey’s Back!
  • 07:41.406 – Hart Legacy Wrestling
  • 10:52.000 – Old Arenas and Sports Teams in Calgary
  • 13:49.687 – Augmented Reality in Calgary – Ingress Follow-Up
  • 16:44.562 – Image Square – The Canon Experience Centre
  • 23:22.062 – Calgary as a Test Bed, Proving Ground and Pilot City for Various Companies
  • 25:58.500 – …So, now what?
  • 27:51.656 – Warp Engines. Or:  Wherein the entire episode starts to fall apart.
  • 29:35.375 – Final Thoughts
  • 31:55.500 – Keep Calm and Drink Tea