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natHACKS is an event like no other, inspiring beginners to develop practical neurotech skills and
challenging competent hackers to apply themselves in this growing and exciting field. Spanning two weeks and culminating
in a 64-hour hackathon weekend, the event will combine workshops, challenges, and networking opportunities for anyone
interested in neurotechnology. With three different streams and separate judging criteria based on experience level,
we're thrilled to allow neurotech enthusiasts to get their hands dirty in a diverse selection of projects.
Deadline to Apply: July 15th, 2022
Begins: July 29th, 2022
Ends: August 1st, 2022
Senior Streams (3):
1st Place: $2000 CAD
2nd Place: $1000 CAD
1st Place: $1000 CAD
All winners are eligible for in-kind support from our various startup service providers!
BCI hardware is available for hackers, so you can have a hands-on experience developing a neurotech program with your own brain data!
Available for pickup (over a week before hacking starts) at our 3 in-person hacking sites or shipped for virtual participants.
Leading up to and during the hackathon, we will be hosting 20+ hours of workshops to get you up to speed on Python, BCI Hardware, Git, Machine Learning and more!
You are eligible to receive exclusive NAT swag just by completing your submission!
We recommend applying early to ensure you snag one before they run out!
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!
Are you not eligible to join as a participant, but still want to be involved in natHACKS? Fret not!
If you are a tech- or business-savvy individual, with significant demonstrable experience, you can support project teams through a mentorship role!
Signup to mentor today!
Are you not eligible to join as a participant, but still want to be involved in natHACKS? Fret not!
If you are a bona fide leader in industry or academia, you can support the event by judging projects on their technical/business prowess!
Signup to judge today!
Application deadline to apply for hardware is July 8th.
Apply to receive brain-computer interface (BCI) hardware for use during the event!
BCI Hardware will be available for pickup as early as July 20th until the hackathon, at daily weekday in-person office hours (UofA, UofC, UofL) OR during the hackathon at the in-person hacking sites
Virtual participants will have hardware shipped to them.
A limited number of devices with waived deposits are in place for those in financial need.
Note that hardware use is not mandatory to succeed at the event.
Provide a Real World Neurotech Problem for natHACKS Participants
De-risk R&D, by having a zero-cost team of innovators work on a solution for your company, it only requires attending Pitch Night and 2-3 hours of support for the team!
Pick from any of the three Senior Tracks: Recreation, Rehabilitation, or Research
Submit up to 3 Problems, before July 8th.
|Time||July 29th||July 30st||July 31st||August 1st|
|9:00 - 10:00||Coding Problem 9:00 - 10:00||Coding Problem 9:00 - 10:00||Hacking ENDS Ends at 10:00|
|10:00 - 11:00||Goodlawyer Workshop10:00 - 11:00||Hacking||Judging 10:00 - 11:00|
| Teams Helping Teams
10:30 - 11:00
|11:00 - 12:00||Lunch + Trivia 2 11:00 - 11:30||Lunch 11:00 - 12:00||Lunch + Judging 11:00 - 12:00|
|Lunch 11:30 - 12:00|
|12:00 - 13:00||Hunter Hub Workshop12:00 - 13:00||Trivia 3 12:00 - 12:30||Judging 12:00 - 15:00|
|13:00 - 14:00|| Teams Helping Teams
13:00 - 14:00
|Workshop 413:00 - 14:00|
|14:00 - 15:00||Booth Event 14:00 - 17:00||Hacking|
|15:00 - 16:00||Closing Ceremony15:00 - 16:00|
|16:00 - 17:00||Virtual Booth 16:00 - 18:00|
|17:00 - 18:00||Opening Ceremony17:00 - 18:00||Dinner 19:00 - 20:00||Workshop 517:00 - 18:00|
|18:00 - 19:00||Dinner 18:00 - 19:00||Workshop 317:00 - 18:00||Dinner 18:00 - 19:00|
|19:00 - 20:00||Hacking||Hacking||Workshop 619:00 - 20:00|
|20:00 - 21:00||Trivia 20:00 - 20:30||SSBU Tourney20:00 - 24:00||Team Helping Teams
20:00 - 21:00
|21:00 - 22:00|| Bob Ross Paint Night
21:00 - 21:30
|Hacking||Team Helping Teams
21:30 - 22:30
|22:00 - 23:00||Team Helping Teams
22:00 - 23:00
|Movie Night22:00 - 24:00|
|23:00 - 24:00||Hacking|
natHACKS is so much more than just a weekend! Be sure to get involved with events we host leading up to natHACKS to learn more, network, and start the brainstorming for your project!
The two weeks leading up to the hackathon will also feature 1-2 workshop every weekday, find them in their very own "Workshops" tab (starting on July 18th).
UofA + Virtual
July 14th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm mt
Come out to learn everything you'll need to know about participating in Canada's Largest Brain-Computer Interfacing Hackathon!
The Info Night will also feature hacker-to-hacker networking for those looking for teams. Pizza will be served in-person at the U of A.
July 15th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm mt
Meet our amazing Problem Providers (clinicians, academics, and industry professionals bringing real-world neurotech problems) and join a team focused on solving their problem.
The Pitch Night will also feature hacker-to-hacker networking for those looking for additional team members!
During the hackathon weekend there are several notable events for which you should RSVP for seperately!
You can find all these event listed in the Schedule Tab!
|Asynchronous - 1 Hour||Python I||Beginner Hackers||Cameron Hildebrandt|
|Asynchronous - 1 Hour||Python II||Beginner Hackers||Cameron Hildebrandt|
|Asynchronous - 2 Hours||Python III||All Hackers (using python)||Cameron Hildebrandt|
|Asynchronous - 2 Hours||Python IV||All Hackers (using python)||Cameron Hildebrandt|
|Asynchronous - 1 Hour||Connecting Hardware||Everyone using commercial hardware||Eden Redman|
|July 18th - 17:00-18:00mt||Neurotech Fundamentals||All Hackers||Pauline Balogun|
|July 19th - 17:00-18:00mt||Software Project Management||Everyone, especially team leads||Eden Redman|
|July 20th - 17:00-19:00mt||Browser-Based BCIs: The Basics||All Hackers using Brains@Play boilerplate||Garrett Flynn|
|July 21st - 17:00-19:00mt||Browser-Based BCIs: Publishing a Simple Neurofeedback App||All Hackers using Brains@Play boilerplate||Garrett Flynn|
|July 22nd - 17:00-18:30mt||Python ML||All Hackers using Python||Jesus Acosta Franco|
|July 25th - 17:00-19:00mt||PyQt5 Boiler Intro I||All Hackers using Python||Madeleine Ridgway|
|July 25th - 18:30mt-19:30mt||Hands-on BioAmp hardware design and biopotential signals processing for HCI & BCI applications||All Hackers using Upside Down Labs equipment||Deepak Khatri|
|July 26th - 16:30-18:30mt||PyQt5 Boiler Intro II||All Hackers using Python||Madeleine Ridgway|
|July 26th - 18:30mt||Introduction to JupyterHub on the ISAIC GPU Cloud||All Hackers using cloud computing (Presented by ISAIC)||Omid Hajihassani|
|July 27th - 17:00mt||Introduction to the Rapid Access Cloud||All Hackers using cloud computing (Presented by Cybera)||Michael Jones|
|July 27th - 18:30-19:30mt||Unity Boiler Intro||All Hackers using Unity boilerplate||Khilesh Jairamda|
|July 28th - 17:00-19:00mt||Circuit Design Fundamentals||All Hackers using Arduino/Pi||Ime Asamudo|
|July 28th - 18:30-19:30mt||Hackathon 101||All Hackers||Noah Batiuk|
|July 30th - 10:00-11:00mt||Raising Startup Capital: Find Your Lead Investor||All Hackers (Hosted by Goodlawyer)||Josh Weinberger|
|July 30th - 12:00-13:00mt||Prototyping and agile product development||All Hackers (Hosted by Hunter Hub)||Fay Qian|
|July 30th - 17:00-18:00mt||How to pitch and the importance of storytelling||All Hackers (Hosted by Hunter Hub)||Fay Qian|
|July 31st - 13:00-14:00mt||TBD||All Hackers||TBD|
|July 31st - 17:00-18:00mt||TBD||All Hackers||TBD|
|July 31st - 19:00-20:00mt||TBD||All Hackers||TBD|
Presenting: Connecting Hardware, Project Management
Eden Redman is the Executive Director of NeurAlbertaTech the NPO, with a passion for computational neuroscience he has been striving to translate research into tangible applications. Over the past several years, he has worked to build a Alberta-wide community and ecosystem around functional neurotechnology.
Presenting: Neurotech Fundamentals
Pauline Balogun is a PhD student in the neuroscience program offered by the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at the University of Alberta. Her research area is in computational psychiatry, working with big data and artificial intelligence, especially as applied in mental health and precision healthcare. Her main area of focus involves developing diagnostic and predictive technology using the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging. She also works in collaboration with Alberta Health Services on a number of projects.
Presenting: Browser-Based BCIs: The Basics, Browser-Based BCIs: Publishing a Simple Neurofeedback App
Garrett Flynn is a neurotechnologist, web engineer, and founding partner of Brains@Play: a free software collective that develops public biomedical infrastructure on the Open Web. He recently graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Computational Neuroscience and an MA in Cinematic Arts (Media Arts, Games, and Health).
Presenting: Python ML
Alejandro Acosta is a Biomedical Engineering PhD student at UofA, his current research is focused on the analysis and processing of biomedical signals, he also holds a bachelor's and a master's on this topic. He is passionate about science, health care systems, artificial intelligence, teaching, and new technologies. As a hobby, he likes video games, movies and books of thrillers and science fiction.
Presenting: Hands-on BioAmp hardware design and biopotential signals processing for HCI & BCI applications
Deepak Khatri is a passionate Biotechnologist with a mindset for innovation and love for Electronics and Computer Science. He founded Upside Down Labs to build affordable hardware & software solutions for solving real-world problems. Currently, he is working on novel prosthetics and human augmentation technology for revolutionizing the way amputees interact with the environment. He is crazy to change the world for good and thinks people will join him slowly in his long journey to achieve that.
Presenting: Introduction to JupyterHub on the ISAIC GPU Cloud
Omid Hajihassani received his MSc in Computer Engineering in 2021 from the University of Alberta and ever since has been working at ISAIC as the Machine Learning and Client Analyst. He is interested in solving AI problems and providing MLOps solutions.
Presenting: Introduction to the Rapid Access Cloud
Micheal Jones came to Cybera from the world of film and television (where he tackled an interesting variety of IT issues). As well as brewing a fine cup of coffee for his colleagues, he is also involved in building many of Cybera's tools and services. His favourite thing about working here is knowing that he is helping Albertans do more.
Presenting: Unity Boiler Intro
Khilesh Jairamdas is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Alberta with a penchant for coding. As an XR programmer by trade, I work with Unity and C# to deliver novel rehabilitation applications in collaboration with subject matter experts to improve peoples' lives. My hobbies include art, music and astrophotography.
Presenting in: Hackathon 101
Noah Batiuk is NeurAlbertaTech's token Engineering student! Over the past few years I have had the amazing opportunity to help run events, workshops and coding competitions all aimed at introducing beginners to the world of computer programming. I absolutely love to teach people about coding, and I cannot wait for people to experience the tremendous things we have planned for natHACKS 2022!
Presenting in: Raising Startup Capital: Find Your Lead Investor
As Chief Legal Officer, Josh helped set the forward-looking direction and priorities of Goodlawyer while also managing all legal matters that Goodlawyer deals with. With over six years of practice experience at Canada's largest law firm, Josh understands the challenges and rewards of full-time legal practice and leverages his experience to help support and grow our network of independent good lawyers.
Presenting in: Prototyping and agile product development, How to pitch and the importance of storytelling
Fay is a start-up junkie, company-builder, and ex-executive search consultant. As the Venture Programs Specialist at the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, Fay is the program lead for the Launchpad Incubator Program. This six-month program aims to build entrepreneurial thinking skills across UCalgary Community.
Tracks loosely define the scope of neurotech projects at natHACKS
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.
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 (excluding for Quebec).
2. At least 50% of team member must reside in Alberta to be eligible for project seed funding awards.
3. If participating in person, you consent to photo and video capture during the event for future promotional purposes.
If you're interested in reading the rest of the rules, visit this document!
Interested in helping further our goals of demystifying neurotechnology and fostering future innovators? Your partnership 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.