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natHACKS 2024

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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.

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Begins:  November 14th, 2024
Ends:     November 17th, 2024

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Prize values will be released soon.

All winners are eligible for in-kind support from our various startup service providers!

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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.

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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!

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Swag Bags

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

Information on hardware available will be released soon!

Provide a Real World Problem for natHACKS Participants

Do you have an interesting challenge that is conducive to a neurotechnology or bio-sensing solution? A backburner idea you want to get off the ground but don't have bandwidth to develop?

NeurAlbertaTech (NAT) is currently seeking “Problem Providers” for our third annual natHACKS hackathon weekend (November 16th - November 19th). One month before the hackathon, Problem Providers have a unique opportunity to “reverse pitch” a challenge to a talent pool of several hundred young innovators across the province. In the weeks leading up to the hackathon weekend Problem Providers will act as subject matter experts - guiding their matched teams in exploring and developing a solution.

Problem Providers will benefit from the opportunity to explore their ideas in a de-risked, zero cost environment. With talent from domains such as Neuroscience, Computer Science, Engineering, Business, and Design project teams are interdisciplinary in nature, ensuring that solutions take a holistic approach. There’s a chance you may even come across talent that would be an asset to your research group, and with Alberta Innovates and Mitacs as close partners we are positioned to facilitate matched funding opportunities in support of continued development.

This Schedule is Tentative and Subject to Change.

Time November 16th November 17th November 18th November 19th
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 Sponsor Workshop10:00 - 11:00 Hacking Naptime 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 11:00 - 12:00
Lunch 11:30 - 12:00
12:00 - 13:00 Sponsor Workshop12:00 - 13:00 Trivia 3 12:00 - 12:30 Judging 12:00 - 16:00
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 Swag Bag Pickup 15:00 - 16:00
16:00 - 17:00 Dinner 16:00 - 17:00 Virtual Booth 16:00 - 18:00 Closing Ceremony16:00 - 17:00
17:00 - 18:00 Opening Ceremony17:00 - 18:00 Dinner 17:00 - 18:00 Workshop 517:00 - 18:00
18:00 - 19:00 Hacking Workshop 318:00 - 19:00 Dinner 18:00 - 19:00
19:00 - 20:00 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

Pre-natHACKS Sub-Events

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(s) every weekday, find them in their very own "Workshops" tab.

During-natHACKS Sub-Events

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!

Pre-hack workshops

Date Workshop Suggested Attendees Presenter
Asynchronous - 1 Hour Python I Beginner Hackers TBD
Asynchronous - 1 Hour Python II Beginner Hackers TBD
Asynchronous - 2 Hours Python III All Hackers (using python) TBD
Asynchronous - 2 Hours Python IV All Hackers (using python) TBD
Asynchronous - 1 Hour Connecting Hardware Everyone using commercial hardware TBD
TBD Neurotech Fundamentals All Hackers TBD
TBD Software Project Management Everyone, especially team leads TBD
TBD Browser-Based BCIs: The Basics All Hackers using Brains@Play boilerplate TBD
TBD Browser-Based BCIs: Publishing a Simple Neurofeedback App All Hackers using Brains@Play boilerplate TBD
TBD Python ML All Hackers using Python TBD
TBD PyQt5 Boiler Intro I All Hackers using Python TBD
TBD Hands-on BioAmp hardware design and biopotential signals processing for HCI & BCI applications All Hackers using Upside Down Labs equipment TBD
TBD PyQt5 Boiler Intro II All Hackers using Python TBD
TBD Introduction to JupyterHub on the ISAIC GPU Cloud All Hackers using cloud computing (Presented by ISAIC) TBD
TBD Introduction to the Rapid Access Cloud All Hackers using cloud computing (Presented by Cybera) TBD
TBD Unity Boiler Intro All Hackers using Unity boilerplate TBD
TBD Circuit Design Fundamentals All Hackers using Arduino/Pi TBD
TBD Hackathon 101 All Hackers TBD

During-Hackathon Workshops

Date Workshop Suggested Attendees Presenter

Presenters will be released soon!

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.

We are in the process of finalizing this year's team!

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!

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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.