As you know, Hackathon is a special occasion for creative people with fresh ideas, developers and other specialists to gather together and work on creating an exciting project.
What can you do at the neurohackathon:
- Try out new technologies, practices;
- Test the hypothesis / idea in a short time;
- Check people, team, try to work together;
- To patch an existing project, get experience, reviews, investments;
- Do what long wanted;
- Do something useful;
- Receive prizes and gifts from sponsors and organizers;
- Have fun;
So, we decided to conduct a hackathon on the subject of neurotechnology – let’s call it Neurohackathon.
Neurohackathon is an open platform for neuroscientists, psychologists, doctors, HW, SW developers and other specialists, where you can get to know each other, exchange knowledge and ideas, or come up with a joint project that you will work on in the future.
Forming a community.
Networking. Recognized experts in: neurobiology, neuromarketing, software development, electronics development are invited to the hackathon as partners and mentors – you can communicate with each of them and get advice to achieve the goals of the project.
NeuroHackathon contributes to the formation of a community of talented and active people interested in the development of neurotechnologies and the development of their own projects.
Creative work process and collaboration.
On the hackathon, you have a unique opportunity to work in a free, convenient format for you, with specialists from those areas with which you may never have intersected. Mentors, speakers, practicing professionals in not only medical, neurobiological and psychological areas will attend the event. There also will be IT specialists, programmers, engineers.
The hackathon format assumes that participants are constantly confronted with tasks that they have not met before. Accordingly, you will learn many new things, this will happen very quickly, and the knowledge gained can be immediately used in practice.
Again, there are many mentors around who can always help. For example, Katerina Turitsina, can explain in 10 minutes something that would require watching a video course. In addition, the first day of the hackathon will be full of lecture panels.
Realization of new ideas.
Feature hackathon – tight deadlines. This is exactly the moment when “done is better than perfect”.
Being a kind of platform for experiments, the hackathon allows you to invent and implement completely new ideas and projects.
The result of each such event is the emergence of new ideas and projects that have the potential to be socially significant and useful.
Surprisingly, but the fact is that some teams will come just to work effectively and make a big breakthrough in their endeavors.
Scene of start-up projects.
For partner companies, hackathons can be especially interesting because they are the scene of potentially successful startups that you can continue to work with.
For startups – the ability to hone your pitch, get feedback from the professional environment.
For participants, the Hackathon is an opportunity to show how excellent they are.
Invited to participate:
Teams or individual participants (doctors, engineers, specialists in the field of neuroscience, Data Science, AI and other technologies, inventors, designers, entrepreneurs, project managers, students, schoolchildren, and anyone interested in neurotechnology and the possibilities of their use) that will unite in teams NeuroHackathone.
Registration is required:
The structure of the event:
- On the first day of Neurohacaton, besides the hackathon itself, thematic lectures from experts and partners will be held;
- Within the scope of the hackathon, mentors will set tasks for teams (developing applications, technologies, data processing algorithms, ideological elaboration of individual elements of existing projects, and others);
- In round-the-clock mode, teams interact with their mentors, experts and other members of the hackathon on their decisions;
- A pitch session will be organized on the last day, where the expert jury will determine the winners.
The structure of the hackathon in terms of projects and teams:
- Developers on the Hackathon are registered with either formed teams or individually;
- In the second case, the task of the organizers is to form a team of individual members;
- Each team must consist of at least two participants;
- Each team should preferably consist of specialists from various fields – engineers, doctors, marketers;
- At the beginning of the hackathon, it is imperative that you submit the project, the team to the jury and register them (name, number of participants, topic of work, stage).
This structure solves several of the following questions:
- Formation of teams (if not formed);
- Familiarity with the teams;
- Introduction of the jury and organizers with the projects;
- Acquaintance of participants with their own projects.
- Read more in the program of the event.
Read more in the program of the event.
We have identified the most interesting, in our opinion, areas of activity, but you can still offer your own directions and form a team according to your interests. You preferably offer the chosen topic in the registration form in advance, and then it will be published and communicated to all participants in advance.
At the end of the hackathon, each team must offer a ready-made solution to a problem, justify and protect its project.
- Neurotech in medicine;
- Neurotech in marketing;
- Neurotech in daily life;
- Neurotech in education;
- Neurotech in psychology;
- Neurotech in entertainment and sport;
- Neurotech in business.
Prizes. Despite the fact that the main audience of hackathons are relatively well-to-do people, the “buns” are important, so the prize fund should always be planned so that everyone in the winning team can get a part of it.
Project evaluation criteria:
- It is sometimes difficult to choose a winner: someone came up with a half-ready solution and polished it to the ideal; someone came up with an idea and collected a flabby, but working prototype. We have defined several criteria for ourselves that the jury should pay attention to:
- the progress that the team made in 48 hours. Thus, we put teams in equal conditions. A team that has gathered at the hackathon can win, as well as a team that has already come up with an idea or a prototype;
- Only a working prototype is evaluated. No “PowerPoints” – just a live demo;
- estimated business component. Our mission is to give the maximum number of people the experience of creating products from scratch, so it is not enough to make it work. You need to convince the jury that this can become a business.
Criteria for evaluating manufacturability decisions:
- technical excellence and functionality;
- complexity of implementation, technologies used and approaches;
- design, visual perfection of the product; criteria for the business component;
- availability of a business model – understanding where the money will be taken and how to return it; structure and quality of the presentation, report to the audience, pitching, an idea of the marketing strategy of the project;
- team as a group of people who can systematically implement solutions.
Each participant has the right to bring their equipment, if necessary, present it to recruit a team. This can be, for example, ready-made EEG helmets, Arduino controller boards, Raspberry, STM32, others; personal computers, video recorders, audio, lighting devices, any other technical means for the needs of the project.
Your personal, additional equipment must be indicated on the registration form.
The organizers will provide:
- 10 helmets EEG OpenBCI Cyton;
- 10 personal computers;
- ECG trackers;
- KGR trackers;
The program of the event (this is an example, has not been agreed with anyone yet):
Day I – Saturday, 04/20/2019
12:00 – 12:15 – registration of participants;
12:15 – 12:30 – opening of the event;
12:30 – 13:00 – opening lecture “How Neurotechnologies Change the World” – Sergey Danilov; 13:00 – 13:20 – “Peculiarities of the neurotechnology market” – Skulab;
13:20 – 13:40 – “The structure of the brain, the science of the brain”
13:40 – 14:40 – presentations of hackathon projects (format: 2 minutes). Please send the presentation in advance to Vlad Kurbatsky (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Opening presentation template (optional).
14:40 – 15:40 – lunch;
15:40 – 17:00 – speed interviews with mentors (project authors alternately receive advice from each of the mentors for 3 minutes, then move on to the next mentor);
17:00 – 17:15 – coffee break;
17:15 – 20:00 – the beginning of individual work on projects;
20:00 – 20:30 – evening summing up.
Day II – Sunday, 04/21/2019
12:00 – the beginning of the second day of the hackathon;
12:00 – 13:00 – master class: “Practical Neuromarketing Cases” – Beehiveor R&D Labs;
13:00 – 14:00 – master class: “Recognition and interpretation of brain waves on the EEG” – Skulab;
13:10 – 18:00 – individual work on hackathon projects;
18:00 – 18-20 – uploading presentations to Google Drive or sending to Vlad Kurbatsky (email@example.com) in .pptx or .pdf format (download the final presentation template);
18:20 – 18:40 – coffee break;
18:40 – 21:30 – protection of projects and announcement of results (Format 10 minutes + 3 minutes for questions).
Participation in the hackathon is free.
April 20-21, 2019
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