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Bari, Italy





October 6-7, 2019 at Nicolaus Hotel in Bari, Italy


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BR41N.IO - The BMI Hackathon at IEEE SMC 2019


BR41N.IO is a brainstorming and collaborative marathon designed to be a learning experience for  developers, technologists, engineers, students, artists, and scientists who cram and build brain-computer interface (BCI) applications together in teams. By putting creative minds from multiple disciplines together for a short period of time, BCI-related applications not readily thought of can be discovered and uncovered. 

There are several predefined projects at the BR41N.IO Designers' Hackathon, which the participants can choose to work on. Below, the projects are described in detail including hard- and software specifications as well as the number of possible participants for each project.  The Unicorn Brain Interface and the Unicorn Suite application are mostly used to realize BR41N.IO projects. However, additional software should already be installed on your personal laptop before you come to the hackathon.

Read more: IEEE SMC 2019 Conference

Who can participate?

Anyone can participate who has interests in BMI, BCI, robotics, AR, VR, machine learning, computing, sensors, human-machine interface systems, control, signal processing, big data, haptics, rehabilitation, and similar areas. Participants 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 I submit a different project?

Professional teams can also participate to develop applications during the BR41N.IO Designers' Hackathon to demonstrate full potential of some of the sponsored hardware/software. If you are looking for team members, your project will be included among the BR41N.IO projects below where people can apply for it. Submit your project to contact@br41n.io.

What's in there for me?

Be creative, think outside the box. The BR41N.IO Designers' Hackathon is fun and gets you to network and collaborate with other Geeks. The best BR41N.IO projects will be awarded with cash prizes:

  • BR41N.IO IEEE Brain Prize: $ 1,000
  • BR41N.IO IEEE SMC Prize: $ 1,000
  • BR41N.IO Intheon Prize: $ 1,000
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Christoph Guger (AT)

CEO of g.tec neurotechnology GmbH



Tiago H. Falk (CA)




Rossella Spataro (IT)

University of Palermo



Josè M. Azorín (ES)

Miguel Hernandes University de Elche



Tim Mullen (US)




Michael Smith (US)

University of California, Berkeley



Maria Pia Fanti (IT)

Politecnico di Bari, Italy

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Location: Sheraton Roof Garden

Sunday, October 6

9:00–10:00 BR41N.IO Press Conference
Maria Pia Fanti, Politecnico di Bari
Michael Smith, UC Berkeley
Tiago Falk, INRS-EMT
Christoph Guger, g.tec
10:00–10:30 Welcome
10:30–11:00 Current and future applications of
brain-computer interfaces

Christoph Guger
11:00–11:30 How to run a real-time BCI application
Christoph Guger
11:30–12:00 Unicorn Brain Interface Demonstration
Martin Walchshofer
12:00–13:00 Group formation
13:00 START BR41N.IO
15:00–15:45 BCI for Interacting with Robots
Josè M. Azorin

Monday, October 7

12:00–12:45 BCI for Assessment of Patients
Rossella Spataro
14:00 END BR41N.IO
15:00–17:00 Project presentations
17:00–17:30 Meeting Hackathon Jury
17:30–18:00 BR41N.IO Ceremony
Ljiljana Trajkovic, IEEE Director and SMC Award Chair
18:30–20:30 BR41N.IO Winner Presentations
Reception Area
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‌‌ Unibrowser

Create a predictive application inspired by the Akinator game. Users will answer yes/no questions on a destination they have chosen while using the Unicorn Hybrid Black. The application tries then to guess the chosen destination based on EEG.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Speller
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Python, basic programming skills


Unity Rehab

Create a Unity based game that can be used for rehabilitation purposes.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unity
participants: 4 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink), Basic graphics programming with Unity


‌‌‌ Music with the (Melo)Mind

Create your own EEG MIDI controller to generate musical notes with a Melomind headset. This Brain-Computer Music Interface project does not require any musical skills.

soft-/hardware specifications: Melomind headset, Android studio, OSC receiver software (OSCulator, music software
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Java)


‌‌ Unicorn Sphero

The Unicorn Hybrid Black offers the Unicorn Speller application that allows you to control a robotic ball called Sphero. Watch the video Unicorn Sphero.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Sphero, Sphero robot
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#)


‌‌ Flight Control

The Unicorn Hybrid Black comes with the Unicorn Speller which allows you to fly your own drone with the brain only.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Speller, bring your own drone or use Unity instead
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Java)


fNIRS and EEG Control

The team can use fNIRS (functional near-infrared spectroscopy) and EEG simultaneously to control BCI applications.

soft-/hardware: g.Nautilus fNIRS
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)


‌‌ Unity Games

Create your own Unity game that can be controlled with a Unicorn Hybrid Black.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Suite, Unity
participants: 4 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink), Basic graphics programming with Unity


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The team used an SSVEP based BCI in order to control Netflix and to make the decision process easier.

Team members: Wei Li, Moritz Moeller, Michael Golden, James Wilsenach


Mind the Monkey

The team developed a computer game for ADHD children to train their attendion with BCI technology.

Team members: Dario Gaetano Lombardi, Alessandro Maria Romano, Martina Angela Vurro, Paolo Ginefra, Pinar Bilgi


Bring IT

The team developed a BCI system in order to control a drone with video surveillance function.

Team members: Monte Daniele, Macchiarulo Nicola, Salzedo Marco


Mind Chasers

The team created an application where they can use a drone as an assistive technology which allows them to chase and discover objects.

Team members: Yu Xiaoran, Abdelkader Nasreddine Belkacem, Sara Saeed Saif Al Dhaheri, Rauda Jasem Khalifa Al Nuaimi, Fatima Ali Mohammed Mohammed Al-Nuaim