Social Media Lab Launches The 2023 Canadian #AI Misinformation Hackathon

The Social Media Lab is pleased to launch the 2023 Canadian #AI Misinformation Hackathon

This fully virtual hackathon is open to all Canadian undergraduate and graduate students in computer science, computer engineering, information science, data science, UI and related fields. The hackathon is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management. All students are invited to participate.

The hackathon is designed to explore the possibility of using AI technology to fight the spread of misinformation and disinformation on social media. Students who participate in the hackathon will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge AI technology like the OpenAI API and make a difference in the fight against misinformation.

Start by forming your team ASAP and submitting your proposal by March 10, 2023. Upon registration each team will be granted access to CAD$100 in OpenAI API tokens for prototyping and testing. There are great prizes up for grabs – $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second and $500 for third!

Interested students can get more information and register by visiting

Your AI solution could take one of the following forms (among others):

  • Web or mobile application
  • Social media bot
  • Browser extension
  • Stand-alone script
  • Analytical dashboard 
  • Interactive visualization

For an example of a possible solution, check out our OpenAI-powered Fact Checking Assistant. It was created as a proof of concept to inspire participants.

Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

About The Social Media Lab

The Social Media Lab is an interdisciplinary research laboratory at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University. The lab studies how social media is changing the ways in which people and organizations communicate, disseminate information, conduct business and form communities, and how these changes impact society. The broad aim of the lab’s various research initiatives is to advance the public’s understanding of the benefits and pitfalls of social media adoption.