Aviva Canada and OneEleven announce first ever DisasterTech Hackathon

Published: September 12, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



Aviva Canada has announced a collaboration with OneEleven that will see the first DisasterTech Hackathon hosted in Canada. The 48-hour hackathon will take place in Toronto next month, the companies announced Monday.

OneEleven describes itself as “North America’s largest scaleup innovation hub” and will host the event at its office at 325 Front St. West in Toronto on Oct. 13, which is actually the International Day for Disaster Reduction. The hackathon will conclude on Oct. 15.

In the press release, Aviva Canada says floods, wildfires, earthquakes, winter storms and winds are the five most common catastrophes in Canada. Ontario and Quebec have been hit by severe winds and rain this year, resulting in extensive flooding. Wildfires have swept through British Columbia and continue to burn, while blazes (chiefly Fort McMurray) beat up the insurance market in 2016.

The hackathon calls on experts from different industries to create innovative solutions based on technology. The goal of the solutions will be to mitigate the impact of natural disasters across Canada.

Joining the DisasterTech Hackathon as partners are The Canadian Red Cross, Agorize, City of Toronto, Guidewire Software Inc., Toronto Hydro, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, SAS Analytics and The Weather Company.

Judges will select three winning teams, each to claim $7,000 in prize money.

Ben Isotta-Riches, chief information officer at Aviva Canada, added that “insurance claims can peak as a result of natural disasters, which underlines the importance of reducing exposure on personal property, the city, and more importantly, on personal and family safety. Technology plays an increasingly vital role in managing the impact of natural disasters. Innovators, startups and big corporations are springing up to tackle the challenge. We are enthusiastic to support this ecosystem as it continues to mature.”

OneEleven CEO, Bilal Khan, added that “by hosting the country’s first-ever DisasterTech Hackathon, we hope to uncover viable technology solutions that will help improve communication and mobilization during natural disasters.”