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Swag Bags

You will receive exclusive natHACKS swag!

We recommend applying early to secure your bag before they run out! Applications open soon!

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Hackers

Expand your skills, make friends, forge connections with sponsors, and partake in an unforgettable weekend!

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Mentoring

If you are a tech- or business-savvy individual, with significant demonstrable experience, you can support project teams through a mentorship role- applications open soon!

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Judging

Do you have a keen eye for what makes an exceptional project?

Judge projects on their technical/business prowess- applications open soon!

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Volunteering

What's better than attending an event that builds your skills, your network, and your friend group while having fun doing it?

For some people, the answer might be "making that event possible!"- applications open soon.

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Networking

When searching for a job your network is your net worth!

73% of respondents in a LinkedIn survey claim they were hired through someone in their network.

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Albertan

We have Three physical hacking sites across the province in Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge.

Not able to make it to one of our hacking sites? Join natHACKS remote at our virtual hackathon!

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Learning

natHACKS boasts 20+ hours of workshops to prepare you for the weekend. They cover Python, BCI Hardware, Git, Machine Learning, and more!

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Divisions

Choose your battle, compete in smaller cohorts, and have better odds of securing prizes!

View last year's divisions below.

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Prizes

Win some serious dough to take your massive idea to the next level.

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

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Evaluation

Learn more about how your project will be evaluated

This is where you will find standings information during the judging periods.

Evaluation rubrik will be released soon!

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Hardware

BCI hardware is available for all hackers, so you can have a hands-on experience developing a neurotech program with your own brain data!

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natPortal

You can find all dynamic natHACKS info live on natPortal!

You'll receive your account sign-in credentials once your application is accepted

Schedule Coming Soon

November 16
November 17
November 18
November 19
Edmonton
Calgary
Lethbridge
Virtual
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Locations

Where can you natHACK at?

natHACKS is hosted as a hybrid hackathon across Alberta! We have in-person hacking sites in Edmonton, Calagry, and Lethbridge. Participants are also able to join us virtually from anywhere across Alberta or around the world (as long as >50% of your team is from Alberta)!

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Edmonton

Students Union Building (SUB)

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Calgary

Information and Communications Technology Building (ICT-114)

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Lethbridge

Science and Academic Building (SA-6304)

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Virtual

Anywhere!

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Workshops

Build Your Knowledge

Coming Soon!

Educational Sprint
Async
Python Basics
Video on natPortal
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Python Advanced
Video on natPortal
Async
Fundamentals
Intellectual Property (IP)
Edmonton: Student Innovation Centre, Main Floor
Oct 30
17:30-18:30
Mon
Python Basics (Help Session)
Edmonton: Student Innovation Centre, Main Floor
Nov 01
16:00-17:30
Wed
Neurotech Basics
Edmonton: Student Innovation Centre, Main Floor
Nov 02
17:30-18:30
Thu
Neurosci in Neurotech
Edmonton: Student Innovation Centre, Main Floor
Nov 02
19:00-20:00
Thu
Python Advanced (Help Session)
Edmonton: Student Innovation Centre, Main Floor
Nov 03
16:00-17:30
Fri
Hardware Basics
Edmonton: Student Innovation Centre, Main Floor
Nov 03
17:30-19:00
Fri
Tooling
Git & Github
Edmonton: Student Innovation Centre, Main Floor
Nov 06
16:00-17:00
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How to natKit
Edmonton: Student Innovation Centre, Main Floor
Nov 07
18:00-20:00
Tue
Hardware Advanced
Edmonton: Student Innovation Centre, Main Floor
Nov 08
18:00-19:30
Wed
Project Management
Calgary: TBD
Nov 09
17:30-18:30
Thu
ML Basics
Lethbridge: SA6010
Nov 10
17:30-18:30
Fri
Hacking
UX Design
Calgary, Ground Floor, Room GD01
Nov 14
12:00-14:00
Tue
Hackathon 101
Edmonton: Student Innovation Centre, Main Floor
Nov 15
17:30-18:30
Wed
During-HACKS Workshops
natHACKS
Hardware
Edmonton: Orion Room
Nov 17
22:00-23:00
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Problem
Providers

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?

Problem Providers will benefit from the opportunity to explore their ideas in a de-risked, zero cost environment. There's a chance you may even come across talent that would be an asset to your research group! Problems will be released soon! You can see last year's Problems from the Problem Provider Division below.

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Seamless
Enhancement of a Brain-Controlled Boccia Ramp
Family Physician Availability and Onboarding System
Bio-Wearables for Cattle
BCI-Enabled Music Composition / Generation
Clinician Matrix
Naloxone Autoinjector Band
Neurotech-Enabled Wine Tasting
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Divisions

Choose Your Hack Track!

All hackers choose the track they want to compete in. All tracks compete for their own prizes in seperate pools

Coming soon!

Last Year's Divisions
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Problem Provider


Expert-Defined Project
Short on ideas? Get a kickstart and support from an industry professional!

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Standard
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Research Track


Team-Defined Project
Projects related to novel methodologies in collecting, analyzing, or visualizing brain data

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Standard
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Rehabilitation Track


Team-Defined Project
Projects related to assessing, diagnosing, and/or treating neuro disorders

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Standard
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Recreation Track


Team-Defined Project
Projects related to entertainment and leisure

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Standard Division
Junior Track


Team-Defined Project
Restricted, <2 years of CMPUT experience

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Prizes

Cha Ching

The prizes for natHACKS 24 aren't out yet. You can see last year's prizes below.

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Problem Provider Track


$4000   1st Place
$2000   2nd Place
$1000   3rd Place

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Standard Division
Research Track


$4000   1st Place
$2000   2nd Place

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Standard Division
Rehabilitation Track


$4000   1st Place
$2000   2nd Place

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Standard Division
Recreation Track


$4000   1st Place
$2000   2nd Place

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Standard Division
Junior Track


$2000   Best Overall

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Evaluation

How Are You Scored?

Coming soon!

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Hardware

Beep Boop

Brain-Computer Interfacing hardware is usually pretty dang hard to get your hands on. That is, if you aren't at natHACKS! We offer several BCI devices for use through the hackathon, including but not limited to:

Information about hardware available can be found in section 8 of the rules document.

Hardware Rules
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natPortal

natHACKS Central!

You can find all dynamic natHACKS info live on natPortal!

You'll receive your account signin credentials once your application is accepted

Launch natPortal
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Rules

Rules for natHACKS 24 are coming soon!

Past Year's Rules
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Organizers

Look, Mom! We're on TV!

Organizers are hard at work, come back later for their photos!

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Saahil
Rachh

natHACKS Co-President

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Cameron
Hildebrandt

natHACKS Co-President

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Eden
Redman

Chief Executive Officer

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Zachary
Selk

Chief Operating Officer

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Amanda
Guidry

Chief Product Officer

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John
Cooper

Chief Marketing Officer

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Kyle
Simon

Chief Human Resources Officer

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Keerat
Sandhu

Director of Business Operations

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Evelyn
Redman

Director of Marketing

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Karolina
Balint

Director of Events

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Matthew
Danyluik

Director of Innovation

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Giancarlo
Pernudi Segura

Director of Web Technologies

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Ateyeh
Soroush

Manager Calgary Operations

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Julien
Rimok

VP Calgary Operations

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Rakshitha
Mosur Satish

Calgary Hardware Lead

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Davis
Juell

VP Lethbridge Operations

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Jordan
Dudley

Lethbridge Advertising Lead

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Ayaan
Merchant

MacEwan Outreach Lead

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Flair
Wu

NAIT Outreach Lead

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Hiritikk
Kumar

VP Hardware

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Adrien
Lam

VP Education

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Kashish
Aggarwal

VP Events

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Aum
Patel

VP Future Development

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Shreya
Ghosh

Co-VP Volunteer

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Vaagish
Raghavan

Co-VP Volunteer

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Samad
Zeeshan

Co-VP Problem Recruitment

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Harini
Senasekera

Co-VP Problem Recruitment

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Yash
Mouje

VP Media Relations

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Sukhmani
Kaur Saggu

VP Visual Media Operations

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Chelsa
Roberts

VP Sound Design

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Brandon
Riddell

Video Editor

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Sponsors

These folks are key to the success of natHACKS! Take some time to learn more about these sponsors and what they do.

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Campus Alberta Neuroscience

Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) was established by the Alberta neuroscience community in 2012 with support from the Government of Alberta to accelerate understanding of the brain, improve brain health through collaboration, develop the province as a centre of neuroscience excellence, and improve quality of life in Alberta and beyond. Our network helps accelerate new research advances, both of pure discovery and those with the potential for translation into new products and protocols. Together, our organization and partners push towards creating new ways for students, researchers, and industry to work, learn, and innovate collaboratively to help make Alberta the epicentre for brain scientists.

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Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation

The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) is a solution accelerator focused on driving innovation in the aging and brain health sector. CABHI is a unique collaboration of healthcare, science, industry, not-for-profit and government partners whose aim is to improve quality of life for the world’s aging population, allowing older adults of all backgrounds and abilities to age safely in the setting of their choice while maintaining their cognitive, emotional, and physical well-being.

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Government of Alberta

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Edmonton Regional Innovation Network

The Edmonton Regional Innovation Network (ERIN) is a coalition of organisations in the Edmonton region that support innovation startups and enterprises. ERIN support service provider programs aimed at assisting innovation companies improve market readiness with the goal of increasing profitability and longevity. ERIN, which is funded by Alberta Innovates' Regional Innovation Network, exists to help entrepreneurs start and grow innovative businesses.

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TC Energy

We're a team of 7,000+ energy problem solvers working to move, generate and store the energy North America relies on. Today, we're taking action to make that energy more sustainable and more secure.

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Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute

One of Canada's three centres of AI excellence as part of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, Amii (the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute) is an Alberta-based non-profit institute that supports world-leading research in artificial intelligence and machine learning and translates scientific advancement into industry adoption. Amii grows AI capabilities through advancing leading-edge research, delivering exceptional educational offerings and providing business advice - all with the goal of building in-house AI capabilities.

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National Research Council Canada

Learn more about the NRC's mandate and history, explore our programs, browse current career opportunities at the NRC, find out about related initiatives and policies, and get the information you need to reach us.

Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories
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We provide information, support and education and advocate for people living with dementia. Through our seven regional offices, we offer Help for Today through our programs and services, and Hope for Tomorrow by funding research to find the cause and the cure.

Glenrose Rehabilitation Research, Innovation & Technology
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The Imagination Centre at the Glenrose Hospital is home to clinical and research programs that focus on neuroadaptive technologies, including theBrain-Computer Interface (BCI) Program, bringing together families, clinicians, researchers, and engineers to connect neuroadaptive technologies with individuals across the lifespan living with severe neurological disability. Visit us at www.imagination-centre.ca.

OpenBCI
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OpenBCI creates open-source hardware and software for biosensing. OpenBCI's mission is to lower the barrier to entry for brain-computer interfacing, while ensuring that these technologies are adopted into the consumer landscape in an ethical way that protects user agency and mental health.

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GURU is the world’s first natural energy drink; delivering good taste and GOOD ENERGY to recharge your mind and body. Filled with carefully-sourced ingredients.

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Precision Health (PH) is an emerging approach to health and wellness that expands on efforts to understand, diagnose and treat disease through advances in technology.

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At Parlee McLaws LLP, we have been building strong relationships with our clients for well over a century.

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The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA) has been supporting Alberta's independent filmmakers since 1982.

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ISAIC (Industry Sandbox & AI Computing) is a service provider, offering computational resources to Western Canadian startups, SMEs, and instructors with AI projects.

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The Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary, embedded undergraduate student certificate offered by eHUB at the University of Alberta. Visit UAB.CA/CIE.

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The River City Venture Clinic is a student-run legal clinic that provides free legal support to start-ups and change-makers in the greater Edmonton Area.

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Agility fosters campus innovation through our collaborative makerspace, entrepreneurial programming, and connection to the local innovation ecosystem.

*Your Logo Here*

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. Contact us to learn more!

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