HACK THE BRAIN DUBLIN
So, how’s this going to work?
Hack the Brain Dublin is an immersive, creative weekend in Science Gallery Dublin that aims to get artists, designers, neuroscientists, experimental psychologists, engineers and developers working together in transdisciplinary teams to develop ideas into prototype artworks, objects, inventions or interfaces that use or harness brain signals and brain-computer interface (BCI) technology.
Working against the backdrop of Science Gallery Dublin’s summer exhibition SOUND CHECK, six teams will spend the weekend hacking, building and experimenting, before showcasing their protypes in Sunday’s open pitching session for our judges and members of the public.
If you have an interest in brainwaves, neural interfaces or new inventions, and want to learn more by getting stuck in, this is the event for you! Don’t worry if your current expertise doesn’t stretch to brainwaves — we'll provide you with online tutorial material in advance, and we'll have BCI and OpenViBE drop-in workshops on the afternoon of Friday, 9th June. There will also be artistic, scientific and technical mentors and helpers on hand all weekend to help you. By signing up to join a team, you'll get the opportunity to work intensely with new people from a range of backgrounds to explore, collaborate, converse, and create together over the course of the weekend. And we'll feed you!
The hackathon is an opportunity for all participants to come together in a creative, social space to experiment with innovative and novel analysis techniques and applications of brainwave data.
Okay, great — I have an awesome idea! What do I do?
Fantastic! Click here to submit it to our OPEN CALL FOR IDEAS. From these submissions, our judges wil select six final projects to be developed during the hackathon, to be announced on May 16th. The final teams will be made up of registered participants. There will be a travel/accommodation bursary of up to €500 for the selected ideas, and don’t worry if your idea is not selected — you can still sign up to participate and join a team.
I don’t have an idea yet but I want to take part! What do I do?
Fantastic! Click here to sign up to join a team (it's free!). Once the final projects are announced, you can pick a team to join, or we'll set you up with one during the “matchmaking session” at the Hack The Brain kick-off event on Friday, 9th June.
I’m really interested, but I don't want to join a team. Can I come along and join the audience?
Yes! Hack The Brain is open to members of the public, too. On Tuesday, 16th May, we’ll have a public pre-event to get the neurons firing and the creative juices flowing — this will also be streamed live online. The opening night (Friday, 9th June), featuring presentations from some of our special guests, will be open to the public and will also be streamed online. Finally, the hackathon will culminate with public pitches by the teams at the end of the weekend, followed by the awards ceremony.
You mentioned developers — can you be more specific?
Most of the brain-computer interfaces can be used with OpenViBE, a free open-source software that works on Linux and Windows. We predict that there'll be plenty of opportunities for neuroscientists, data analysts, engineers, and programmers familiar with analyses of EEG/MEG data or other complex time-series data. If you've got programming experience in Matlab or Python, or data visualisation/mapping expertise, we'll definitely find a team for you too.
Hack The Brain Dublin open to artists working in any medium — from audiovisual artists to musicians, composers, dancers and sculptors.
Will there be help or guidance for our team during the weekend?
We'll have experts in BCI hardware and software on site, as well as artists and designers available to mentor teams throughout the weekend if you need support. There is also a GitHub repository where you can access a collection of projects developed during previous Hack the Brain Hackathons, including open source code. On Friday afternoon, before the launch event, g.tec will deliver a BCI workshop to give participants the opportunity to get familiar with the hardware and software available, and they will show some possible non-clinical applications and uses of their products.
Headsets/systems (type and number TBC) kindly provided by g.tec who will be in attendance throughout the hackathon.
VR headsets - Oculus Rift, Samsung gear VR and matching phone
2 x Mobita Mindwave
Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D printer, soldering tools etc
Please note that teams should bring their own laptops, and may want to bring plugboards for any extra equipment that will need power. Get in touch with email@example.com for any extra or unusual equipment requests, and we’ll see what we can do!
Okay, I’ve signed up. What’s the schedule?
Here’s the preliminary schedule; we’ll be adding a lot more detail before the event.
Friday 9th June:
15.00-18.00: BCI and OpenViBE drop-in workshops
18.00-20.00: Kick-off event with invited speakers and jury members, introduction to projects from team leaders
20.00-late: Social event
Saturday, 10th June:
09.00-20.00: Hacking (including intermediate pitching sessions)
Sunday, 11th June:
18.00-19.00: Final pitches
19.30-20.00: Awards ceremony
20.00-late: Social event
Partners & Sponsors
The BrainHack project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 686987. The project is supported by the FET Open initiative, which supports the early stages of science and technology research and innovation around new ideas towards radically new future technologies. This project is part of the EU STARTS initiative.
Hardware sponsors: Brain Products GmbH & Starlab Barcelona SLU
BrainHack partner institutions: T.U. Delft (NL), Waag Society (NL), ArtShare (BE/PT), Santa Lucia (IT) and T.S.R. ACT (CZ).
Hack The Brain Dublin's local organising committee team includes David McKeown (Trinity College Dublin School of Engineering), Tomás Ward (National University of Ireland Maynooth, Department of Electronic Engineering and Maynooth Makers Club), Conor McGarrigle and Mick O’Hara (Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin School of Creative Arts).