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Winners Announced for Morgan Stanley Code to Give Hackathon Benefitting Le Chaînon and the Quebec Coalition of Orphan Diseases

Apr 3, 2024

Teams of students and Morgan Stanley technology volunteers presented prototypes helping Canadian non-profits better engage with their constituents

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Morgan Stanley today announced the winning projects from the 2024 Montreal Code to Give Hackathon benefiting Le Chaînon and the Quebec Coalition of Orphan Diseases.

The hackathon assembled more than 120 university students to develop innovative technology solutions that solve pressing problems the nonprofits face every day. Morgan Stanley technologists will now build out the prototypes presented into final products for the nonprofits through the firm’s Technology Changemakers program.

"Code to Give provides the next generation of technologists with a platform to tackle nonprofits’ technology challenges in partnership with experienced mentors from the Morgan Stanley technology organization” said Madeline Hutchinson, Global Head of Technology Philanthropy at Morgan Stanley. “We’re thrilled to deliver these prototypes to Le Chaînon and the Quebec Coalition of Orphan Diseases, and excited for our technologists to work with both organizations over the next year as they continue to refine the solutions into finished products.

The winning solution for Le Chaînon is an administrative dashboard with interactive reporting and an intuitive user interface. The solution will give women more comprehensive access to their intervention plans and improve communication with their caregivers. Team members on the winning team, Team La ChaîNet, are all from Concordia University.

“Technology can be a game changer for organizations like ours, but we often don’t have access to the skills and resources needed to implement the technology on our own,” said Dany Lessard, Deputy Director of Le Chaînon. “Code to Give gave us the opportunity to see what’s technically possible for our organization and helped us think outside the box on how we can streamline operations to better focus on serving our constituents.”

The winning solution for the Quebec Coalition of Orphan Diseases makes innovative use of generative AI for dynamic responses, enabling more efficient interactions between doctors and patients. Team members on the winning team, Team Galactic Healer, are also all from Concordia University.

"We are inspired by the enthusiasm the students displayed in developing real-world technology solutions for our organization,” said Jonathan Pratt, Executive Director of the Quebec Coalition of Orphan Diseases. “The solutions brought forward in the hackathon will have a major impact on the Quebec Coalition of Orphan Diseases and will allow us to raise awareness about rare diseases across the population in general as well as health care professionals and put forward the journey many of the patients have to go through.”

The annual Code to Give Hackathons offer students the opportunity to collaborate with Morgan Stanley innovators and apply their tech skills to assist local nonprofits. Annually, more than 550 Morgan Stanley experts mentor hundreds of student participants in five global locations throughout the year. In Montreal, 7 nonprofits have been supported through Code to Give Hackathons since 2021.

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Matthew Feldman