Last week’s Clock Making Hackathon was an incredible success thanks to YOU, our amazing community. We set out to stand in solidarity with Ahmed Mohammed who was arrested last month for bringing a home made clock to school. We wanted to acknowledge that racial stereotyping exists, and we wanted to raise awareness for the fact that it negatively effects the lives of many. We also know that maker and tech communities can be especially lacking in diversity, and at STEAMLabs, we believe that the Maker Movement is more creative, resilient and interesting when made up of all kinds of people making all kinds of things.

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We were also thrilled to see journalists from the CBC and the Toronto Star who came out to see this event and helped us share our message with the world.

Several different organizations and dozens of people came together to make this reality, and we’d like to say a special thank you to some of our strongest supporters:

Mozilla, who provided space for the event

Hive Toronto, who are always supportive of our endeavors

Rapee and Linda for providing loads of snacks and support

Matt Price and his crew of UofT students who came out to help Makers learn

Justin Wilimsmyer and his son for stepping in to help without a moment’s hesitation

Ryan Burwell for helping us fuel our hackers

Particle for donating components

And of course Hatch Canada, who happily jumped in to support our pizza fund. Hatch Canada runs programs teaching kids to code and is running a free video game hacking event for kids in October–check it out!

People and organizations like these make what we do at STEAMLabs possible and we can’t wait to work with them again in the future.

Check out these pictures from the event: 

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