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Just getting your signup in last minute? That's the hackathon spirit! Signup now for Alberta's inaugural brain-computer interface hackathon before our newly extended deadline of Thursday July 15th! This is a completely remote hackathon with more than $10,000 in prizes available!
64-hour hackathon weekend, the event will combine workshops, networking opportunities, and more.
This is an event for all skill levels.

Begins: July 30th 5:00PM MDT
Ends: August 2nd 10:00AM MDT

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Info Sessions

You can join one of our info sessions, held through June and July for more details on natHACKS before signing up. You'll be able to see brain interface hardware in action and be able to engage with other members of the Alberta neurotech community!

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Senior Streams (3):
1st Place: $2000 CAD
2nd Place: $1000 CAD

Junior Stream:
1st Place: $1000 CAD

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You will have BCI tech shipped right to you, so you can have a hands on experience with real hardware!

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Leading up to and during the hackathon, we will be hosting mini workshops to get you up to speed on BCIs, Arduinos, Python, Git, and more!

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Swag Bags

You are eligible to receive exclusive NAT swag just by completing your submission!

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Building a network is important! One of the strongest factors contributing to successful job applications is your network. If you think you want to pursue a career in neurotech, neuroscience, or tech, this is the place to build your network!

Time July 30th July 31st August 1st August 2nd
10:00 - 11:00 Git Workshop10:00 - 11:00 Hacking Hacking Stops 10:00
Networking Session 10:30 - 11:30 Yoga10:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 12:00 Hacking Project Evaluation
12:00 - 13:00 Trivia (Round 1)12:00 - 12:30
Trivia (Round 3)12:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:00 Networking Session 13:00 - 14:00 Trivia (Round 5)13:00 - 13:30
Closing Ceremony13:30 - 14:30
14:00 - 15:00 Business Workshop14:00 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:00
Trivia (Round 4)15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 17:00
Networking Session 16:30 - 17:00
17:00 - 18:00 Trivia (Round 2)17:00 - 17:30
18:00 - 19:00 Opening Ceremony 18:00 - 19:00 BCI4Kids Workshop18:00 - 19:00
19:00 - 20:00 Hacking Starts 19:00 Networking Session 19:00 - 20:00
20:00 - 21:00 Hacking
21:00 - 22:00 Networking Session 21:30 - 22:30
22:00 - 23:00 Networking Session 22:00 - 23:00
23:00 - 00:00 Movie Night23:00-0:30 Movie Night23:00-0:30 Movie Night23:00-0:30

Pre-hack workshops

Date Workshop Suggested Attendees
Asynchronous - 1 Hour Python I Beginner hackers using PyQt5/PyGame boilerplate
Asynchronous - 1 Hour Python II Beginner hackers using PyQt5/PyGame boilerplate
Asynchronous - 1 Hour Connecting Hardware Everyone using commercial hardware
July 16th, 18:00 - 19:00 Neurotech Fundamentals All Hackers
July 16th, 19:30 - 20:30 Software Project Management Everyone, especially team leads
July 19th, 18:00 - 20:00 Python III All hackers using PyQt5/PyGame boilerplate
July 20th, 18:00 - 20:00 Python IV All hackers using PyQt5/PyGame boilerplate
July 21st, 18:00 - 19:30 Python ML All hackers using PyQt5/PyGame boilerplate
July 22st, 18:00 - 20:00 Brains@Play I All hackers using Brains@Play boilerplate
July 23rd, 18:00 - 20:00 Brains@Play II All hackers using Brains@Play boilerplate
July 26th, 18:00 - 20:00 PyQt5 Boiler Intro All hackers using PyQt5 boilerplate
July 27th, 13:00 - 13:30 Cybera Rapid Access Cloud for natHACKS All hackers using cloud computing
July 27th, 18:00 - 19:00 Unity All hackers using Unity boilerplate
July 27th, 19:30 - 20:30 PyGame All hackers using PyGame boilerplate
July 28th, 18:00 - 20:00 Circuit Design Fundamentals All hackers using Ardunio/Pi
July 29th, 18:00 - 19:00 Hackathon 101 All Hackers

Mid-Hackathon Workshops

Date Workshop Suggested Attendees
July 31st, 10:00 - 11:00 Intro to Git Beginner Hackers
July 31st, 14:00 - 15:00 Business All Hackers
July 31st, 18:00 - 19:00 BCI4Kids All Recreation Stream Hackers

All teams will have the chance to participate in a Track of their choice, with three Senior Tracks related to cutting-edge BCI topics, and a Junior Track for those new to the neurotech world. Project ideas and challenges for each Track will be provided closer to the event.

Application deadline extended to July 9th!

• Apply to receive brain-computer interface hardware to use during the event!
• Hardware will be shipped to eligible participants upon the payment of a deposit to NeurAlbertaTech (deposit waivers are in place for those in financial need).
• Note that hardware use is not mandatory to succeed at the event. Resources section on Devpost for details on eligibility.

Nicole Wlasitz
Co-Executive Director
Eden Redman
Co-Executive Director
Alan Han
Senior Director of Events & Logistics
Cameron Hildebrandt
Senior Director of Education
Noah Batiuk
Senior Director of Community Engagement
Matthew Danyluik
Director of Operations & Impact
James Davis
Director of Workshops
Paul Saunders
Director of Talent Engagement
Giancarlo Pernudi Segura
Director of Information Technology
David Lam
Director of Finance
Annette Lau
Director of Design

No one really likes reading lots of rules, so let's hit the most important things here:
1. We are only able to ship hardware to the US and Canada (except for Quebec)
2. At least one team member must reside in Alberta to be elligible for cash awards

If you're interested in reading the rest of the rules, visit this document!


Campus Alberta Neuroscience

  Platinum Sponsor

Campus Alberta Neuroscience is delighted to be a gold level sponsor for natHACKs, hosted by NeurAlbertaTech and recognizes the significant impact this event brings to the neurotech industry and ecosystem in Alberta. CAN has a keen focus on providing opportunities for entrepreneurs working in Neuroscience and Mental Health across Alberta, with a particular interest in the development of the commercialization ecosystem, including supporting the development of new companies, supporting education and knowledge of entrepreneurship as well as securing new investment in the province.

CAN is a provincial organization committed to promoting and increasing the impact and outcomes of Alberta-wide collaborative research, education, translation and innovation initiatives in neuroscience and mental health.


  Platinum Sponsor

OpenBCI specializes in creating open-source tools for neuroscience and biosensing. OpenBCI's mission is to reduce the barrier to entry for neurotechnology by creating affordable, high-quality tools for sampling the electrical activity of the body.

Hunter Hub

  Platinum Sponsor

The Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking is the University of Calgary's central community hub that transforms lives and economies through fostering entrepreneurial thinking in students, faculty and the community. Our mission is to create and support game-changing innovators and accelerate their ideas from conception to impact.

The Hunter Hub is proud to be a sponosor of natHACKS. Alberta is home to a strong entrepreneurial community, and there is vast potential in the neurotechnology field. natHACKS will inspire both beginners and experienced hackers to discover the incredible opportunities in this field.

We're looking forward to being a part of Alberta's first brain-computer interface hackathon!


  Gold Sponsor

AltaML is an Applied AI Studio for product innovation, guided by a purpose to elevate human potential through applied AI. We are a 2020 Deloitte Fast 50 Canada Companies-to-Watch winner, and were recognized with a 2020 Responsible AI Award by AI Global, now Responsible AI Institute. We work with organizations as an invested partner, bringing together our AI experts with their domain experts. Together, we create and deploy data-driven solutions that enable better decision making. We are a team of 120+ strong, working with partners across Canada and the U.S.

Branch Out Neurological Foundation

  Gold Sponsor

Branch Out funds research into complementary and alternative modalities of treating brain disorders, which we have termed NeuroCAM. We added Neurotechnology as a modality to our funding mandate in 2016 to complement our existing research funding streams of Mind and Body Modalities, Nutraceutical treatments, and Personalized Medicine. We are thrilled to be supporting the innovation involving BCI technology at NeurAlbertaTech's natHACKS event. With applications ranging from diagnostic tools and biofeedback platforms in the general population to communication aids in neurodevelopmental populations, the technology that could emerge from natHACKS would actively advance our mandate of supporting laboratory ideas to community impact.

Thin Air Labs

  Gold Sponsor

Thin Air Labs is an ecosystem studio building future-fit ventures for What's Next. We ignite growth for many ventures, ecosystem partners and the innovation ecosystem itself creating massive human impact as well as investment return.
Thin Air Labs - Building What's Next.

University of Alberta Faculty of Science

  Gold Sponsor

The University of Alberta's Faculty of Science is committed to supporting student innovation—and is proud to support NeurAlbertaTehch's natHACKS hackathon. Student innovation can take many forms, from developing new technology to pursuing entrepreneurship. Supporting this experiential learning beyond the classroom is a key part of how we are training the next generation of talented scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

Upside Down Labs

  Gold Sponsor

Upside Down Labs is an Indian tech startup based out of New Delhi, making the technology advancement process efficient for all. Their open-source hardware and software products benefit makers, researchers, students, and learners around the world. Currently, they are working on projects related to Bio-Electronics and DIY Neuroscience.

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Interested in helping further our goals of demystifying neurotechnology and fostering future innovators? Your partnertship makes this whole event possible and helps us push the bleeding edge of neurotech. Please contact us if you would be interested in recieving a copy of our sponsorship document and learning more about the long list of benefits we offer.