Brain Computer Interface Hackathon

Call for participation


What’s a Hackathon? Hackathons are brainstorming and collaborative marathons designed to rapidly produce working prototypes. Conventional hackathons typically bring developers and technologists together over 24, 36, 48 or more hours to cram and build solutions that they can present.

Why do a Brain Hackathon? The brain 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 possibilities for using BCI-related hardware and software not readily thought of. Hacks and innovation developed from hackathons have great potential for commercialization.

Who Can Participate? Anyone! Both SMC2017 attendees and non-SMC2017 attendees with interests in BMI, BCI, robotics, AR, VR, machine learning, sensors, human-machine interface systems, control, signal processing, big data, haptics, rehabilitation, and similar areas. You do not have to be a BMI expert to participate on a team! Interdisciplinary teams with a combination of BMI and non- BMI skills are often successful in building solutions and producing working prototypes.

Can Students Compete? Yes! The student competition is still open to high school students and undergraduates

How do I Participate? You can register here.

Partnerships: Participants can additionally select from a range of pre-defined Hackathon projects supported by the BR41N.IO Brain-Computer Interface designer Hackathon series. Designers will be able to 3D-print their own headsets and design BCI systems, and—together with programmers—create new BCI systems.

Student Competition


Please click here for more details on the Brain Hackathon.

General Information

Date October 7-8, 2017
Cost Free
Place Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1H5
Registration Click here to access the registration page.
We highly encourage participants to register for the IEEE SMC BMI Workshop
  • Teams of up to five persons
  • Maximum participants: 200 individuals/40 teams
  • IEEE members will be given priority
  • Scope
  • Integration of neurotechnology with the  Collaborative (multi-person) Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs)
  • BCI integration with games, mobile technologies, and Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR)
  • Active BCI control of robotic devices
  • Design 3D printed headsets; combine BCIs with fashion technology and artistic application (in partnership with BR41N.IO)
  • Hardware/Software:
  • A list of available hardware and software (as per the Scope section above) will soon be posted on the 2017 IEEE SMC Brain Hackathon website. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own hardware.
  • Awards $4,000 in cash and hardware prizes: a $1,000 IEEE Brain Initiative Brain Hackathon Prize, a $1,000 IEEE SMC Brain Hackathon Prize, a $1,000 Qusp Prize, and a $1,000 BR41N.IO Prize
    Student competition Registration is still open. Online application form
    Technical Co-Sponsors Institutions:
    IEEE, IEEE SMC, IEEE Brain Initiative, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, IEEE Magnetics, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, IEEE Systems Council
    BR41N.IO Brain-Computer Interface designer Hackathon series
    Industry Volunteers:
    g.tec medical engineering GmbH, Qusp Labs

    For additional information or questions about the hackathon, please contact:

    Tim Mullen
    Brain Hackathon Chair
    Qusp, USA

    Tiago H. Falk
    Co-Chair, 2017 IEEE SMC Brain Hackathon
    INRS-EMT, Canada

    Margaret Thompson
    IEEE 2017 SMC BMI Workshop Student Competition Chair

    Christoph Guger
    Co-Chair, 2017 IEEE SMC Brain Hackathon series organizer
    CEO g.tec medical engineering GmbH | Austria

    Michael H. Smith
    Senior Advisor, IEEE Brain Initiative
    Past President, IEEE SMC
    Chair 2017 IEEE SMC BMI Workshop