NAT Brain

Now open for registration!

Alberta’s inaugural brain-computer interface hackathon. 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

Want to learn more? Be sure to RSVP for an upcoming info session!

Info Night

Potential participants can attend our Info Sessions occurring during June and July for more details regarding natHACKS before officially signing up. These sessions will allow those enthusiastic about Neurotech to see brain interface hardware in action, along with providing them with the opportunity to engage with other members of the Alberta Neurotech community.

Why Should You Attend?

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We will be presenting more than $10,000 of prizes!

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You will have BCI tech shipped right to you, so you can have a hands on experience with real hardware!

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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!

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Swag Bags

You are eligible to receive exclusive NAT swag just by completing your submission!

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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!

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

Pre-hack workshops

Date Workshop Suggested Attendees
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 Software Project Management Everyone, especially team leads
Asynchronous - 1 Hour Arduino Basics All hackers using Arduino
Asynchronous - 1 Hour Pi Basics All hackers using Pi
July 16th, 18:00 - 19:00 Neurotech Fundamentals All Hackers
July 16th, 19:00 - 20:00 Connecting OpenBCI/Muse/Blueberry Everyone using commercial hardware
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 - 20:00 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 - 19:00 PyQt5 Boiler Intro All hackers using PyQt5 boilerplate
July 26th, 19:00 - 20:00 PyGame All hackers using PyGame boilerplate
July 27th, 18:00 - 19:00 Unity All hackers using Unity boilerplate
July 28th, 18:00 - 20:00 Circuit Design Fundamentals All hackers using Ardunio/Pi
July 29th, 18:00 - 17:00 Hackathon 101 All Hackers

Mid-Hackathon Workshops

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


Campus Alberta Neuroscience

  Platinum Sponsor

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.


  Platinum Sponsor

OpenBCI specializes in creating open-source tools for neuroscience and biosensing. OpenBCI's mission is to reduce the barrier to entry for neurotechnology by creating affordable, high-quality tools for sampling the electrical activity of the body.

Hunter Hub

  Platinum Sponsor

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!


  Gold Sponsor

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 Neurological Foundation

  Gold Sponsor

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.

University of Alberta Faculty of Science

  Gold Sponsor

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.

The Faculty of Science is a research and teaching powerhouse dedicated to shaping the future by pushing the boundaries of knowledge in the classroom, laboratory, and field. Through exceptional teaching, learning, and research experiences, we competitively position our students, staff, and faculty for current and future success.

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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.