BlocHacks 2018 on November 17-18

THE EVENT

#BLOCHACKS is the second edition of an annual hackathon in the city of Montreal that is focused on hacking social causes. We are strong believers that technology can help fix and improve the majority of disasters and social problems the world is currently facing today. We see an ever increasing gap between the non-profit (as well as non-governmental) world and emerging technology. Supported by the Social Innovation Catalyst known as DevBloc we believe we can help motivate and inspire the Montreal community to build, create, structure, design, and innovate solutions to global issues.

THE HACK

We are teaming up with UNHCR Canada, the City of Montreal and the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to put all our attendees to the test to solve some of their most prominent problems that they are facing on the field. This hackathon will be assessing the ideas, design, concept, and innovation of the solutions put forward by its participants.

LOCATION

The event will take place on 1450 Guy, on the 9th floor of the MB building, on the Concordia campus.

REGISTER

Register here. And for more details, visit the BlocHacks website

VOLUNTEER

We will also need some volunteers so help us during the event! Here are some positions available:
Mentors: Support and help participants when they have questions. For this position, please let us know what programming languages and platforms you are proficient in and would be comfortable assisting in.
General event staff: setting up, coordinating kiosks and cleaning.

Please email oureach@therefugeecentre.org for more details and to register.

AGM 2018

We will be hosting our 2018 Annual General meeting this August 22nd 2018. We will be electing our new Board of Directors, making important decisions regarding the organization, and informing the members of previous and future activities. At this meeting, the members will receive copies of the company's accounts, review fiscal information for the past year, and ask any questions regarding the directions the organization will take in the future.

If you wish to be nominated or nominate a person for the Board of Directors, please click on the link below

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSemycTS-DT_MFSX3py6Obuole-drmrDMUILN1ZlcZubL-yGyw/viewform 

In order to attend you must reserve your place through out eventbrite registration by August 21st.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/agm-canadian-refugee-initiative-tickets-49051234563

 

 

2nd edition of Swish MTL done!

We are proud to have brought you the second edition of Swish MTL on July 8! It was a great success.

We want to send out a very special thanks to Renaissance Montreal and Northstar Church Pulaski for helping us out. Volunteers helped us cook the BBQ, they served people and helped us out during the basketball games by keeping scores. The event would not have been the same without them! Merci mille fois!

We also would like to thank every single sponsor who made this event possible! 

Finally, we want to thank everyone who joined us that day! This event wouldn't have been this great without all of you!

 

You can find the pictures of the event on here

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SwishMTL is coming back in July

The Refugee Centre’s annual fundraiser is coming back on July 8 at Oscar Peterson Park, near George-Vanier métro. 

Swish Mtl is a 3on3 basketball tournament and BBQ with activities that everyone can enjoy. Whether you want to play in the tournament or just come watch while you enjoy some good food, it’s an event you can enjoy alone or with friends and family. 

Individual registration: 20$
Register a complete team (3-4 players): 15$ per player. 
The price includes a meal and the chance to win prizes (see sponsor list below). 
Register here: https://swish-mtl-2018.eventbrite.ca
To sponsor a team: https://www.rallyme.com/rallies/11647/swishmtl2018

You can always head to our Facebook event page to get the latest updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/1933865049989395/. 

Otherwise, just come enjoy the day with us! Apart from the tournament, there will be great BBQ food, fun music, activities for everyone like volleyball, badminton, potato sack race and tug-of-war, there will be face painting for children, and raffle prizes to be won!

Thank you to all of the businesses that have donated to our fundraiser!

- Piri Piri
- La Ronde
- Monster Gym
- Dodgebow
- Baton Rouge
- Jardin Botanique / Insectarium
- Sports de Combats
- Piknic Electronik
- Poulet Rouge
- O'Noir
- L'Gros Luxe
- The Keg
- Fiorellino
- iSaute

The money will go towards helping The Refugee Centre continue its operations and services to the community.

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1st DevBloc Hackathon: BlocHacks 2017

We are proud to present the first edition of BlocHacks this Saturday, November 25! BlocHacks is the first annual hackathon in the city of Montreal that is focused on hacking social causes. We are strong believers that technology can help fix and improve the majority of disasters and social problems the world is currently facing today. We see an ever increasing gap between the Non Profit (as well as Non-Governmental) world and emerging technology. Supported by the Social Innovation Catalyst known as DevBloc we believe we can help motivate and inspire the Montreal community to build, create, structure, design, and innovate solutions to global issues.

We are teaming up with the UNHCR to put all our attendees to the test to solve one of their most prominent problems they are facing on the field. This hackathon will be assessing the ideas, design, concept, and innovation of the solutions put forward by its participants.

More details can be found on the BlocHacks website or on our Facebook page. To register, you can head to our Eventbrite page

 

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Fundraiser 2017

It's finally done! Weeks of hard work finally paid off! 

The fundraiser was everything we wished for! Everybody had fun and ate well! 

We want to send out a very special thanks to Renaissance Montreal for helping us out. Volunteers helped us set up the space, they helped us cook the BBQ, they served people and helped us clean afterwards. The event would not have been the same without them! Merci mille fois!

Thank you for all the players who came out and for the community who showed up to support us! 
And obiviously, congratulations to the big winning team of the basketball tournament, Buzzer Beaters! 🥇🏀🏆

First Annual Fundraiser 2017

The Refugee Centre's first annual fundraiser is coming up on August 6th! 

SwichMTL will be 3 on 3 basketball tournaments where teams will compete to win the big prize of the event! We will have other activities for those who will not play such as henna, facepainting, volleyball, badminton and tug of war! We will also have a big BBQ, with burgers, hotdogs and drinks! 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Launch Party 2017

We had our launch party on June 30, 2017 and frankly, it was great success!

We would like to thank Randolph Animation for entertaining our guests with fun games. We also thank Café Inter-Mission and Omnivore for providing us the most delicious food! And most importantly, we want to thank all of those who came out to show support, to network and share their experiences with us!

We look forward to having you in our future events!

The Refugee Centre's Launch Party

Join us for The Refugee Centre launch party for a night of board games and animation brought to you by Randolph Animation. Also come enjoy delicious food from the lovely ladies of Inter-Mission Café-Resto!

RSVP by June 27th and we will add your name to a raffle draw for a chance to win a prize! 

We can't wait to see you all!