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
Senior Streams (3):
1st Place: $2000 CAD
2nd Place: $1000 CAD
1st Place: $1000 CAD
You will have BCI tech shipped right to you, so you can have a hands on experience with real hardware!
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!
You are eligible to receive exclusive NAT swag just by completing your submission!
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 Stops10:00|
|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 Starts19:00||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|
|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|
|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.
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 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.
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!
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 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.
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 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.
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.