Colin Schmidt wants to make Chilliwack a high-tech startup centre for British Columbia.

UPDATE: Chilliwack Hackathon to help bring tech business ideas to life

Entrepreneurs, business development and technical experts on hand to connect those with ideas with those who can make them a reality

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be part of a high-tech start-up? How do you test ideas, prototype technology, get buy-in, and start a company?

What resources and support systems are available for high-tech start-up companies operating in the Fraser Valley?

The Chilliwack.Tech Hackathon is the place to not only learn, but experience all of this in a highly compressed 24-hour period.

This event, which is set to run from 5 p.m. on March 24 to 5 p.m. on March 25, is designed to specifically target business and high-tech college and university students in the Fraser Valley, but is open to anyone over the age of 18 who would like to get involved.

If you don’t have a business idea, that’s OK, the event will start by playing match-maker between people and teams, and teams and business ideas. If you have an idea you want to explore, bring it to the table.

Although each team will be able to follow their own path, they will be given a recommended process to follow.

There will also be a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, business development experts and technical experts to help participants throughout the event.

Three all-star judges (Jason Lum, Brenda Dehn and Raymond Szabada), each with a different business and industry background, have been selected to apply the published judging criteria to each team.

The first place team will receive over $1,000 in prizes to help them get their winning start-up off the ground. Incorporation costs, office space, meeting rooms and mentorship are all included

Registration is open until March 22. Cost is $10 and includes refreshments throughout the event, but participants can bring their own meals or order in. Location is the Downtown Business Centre.

To find out more visit chilliwack.tech/Hackathon.

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