BR41N.IO Hackathon

g.tec medical engineering GmbH (AT)

Brain Hackathons are marathons of brainstorming and collaboration designed to rapidly produce working prototypes. At Ars Electronica 2018, BR41N.IO brings developers, technologists, engineers, students, artists, and scientists together in teams of 5 participants each over 2 days to cram and build solutions that they can present. Hence, the Hackathon provides an environment for innovation and entrepreneurship. By putting creative minds from multiple disciplines together for a short period of time, we have the opportunity to discover and uncover new possibilities for using BCI-related hardware and software.

SAT Sept. 8, 2018 10 AM – 1 PM Welcome and introduction
1 PM – 12 midnight 24h HACKING
SUN Sept. 9, 2018 12 midnight – 1 PM 24h HACKING
1 PM – 3 PM Hackathon Presentations and Videos
3 PM – 4 PM Hackathon Ceremony

The Brain-Computer Interface Designers Hackathon

A BCI provides a direct link between the brain and an external device. 20 years ago, BCIs could only spell or move computer cursors. Today, BCIs are being used in many different fields of neuroscience, such as motor rehabilitation for stroke patients, assessment of and communication with coma patients, control of devices for disabled people, cognitive training or neuromarketing. Machine learning, dry electrodes, wireless electrode caps, and other technologies are making BCIs more powerful and practical for a growing number of users.

The BR41N.IO Brain-Computer Interface Designers Hackathon Series has been created to show these current and future developments, and the unlimited possibilities of BCIs in creative or scientific fields, and brings together engineers, programmers, designers and artists. Each team must design and build a wearable BCI-headpiece that can measure brain activity in real-time to create any sort of interaction. The hacking projects use EEG electrodes and amplifiers, and challenge programmers to code an interface that enables them to control devices, robots or applications, post messages on social media, draw paintings, or a myriad of other applications by using their thoughts only. BR41N.IO also challenges creative minds to design a BCI headset with 3-D printers, handcrafted materials and sewing machines.

Children are invited to create their own Brain-Computer Interfaces and can take their handicraft with them. BR41N.IO aims to promote awareness of artificial intelligence, life science, art and technology, and how these can merge into innovative and exceptional BCI systems.

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BR41N.IO is organized by g.tec neurotechnology GmbH
BR41N.IO is sponsored by the IEEE Brain Initiative