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BR41N.IO AT
ARS ELECTRONICA FESTIVAL 2018

September 8-9, 2018 at the POSTCITY in Linz, Austria


 

     

BR41N.IO Hackathon Linz 2017, photo by Tom Mesic
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THE BR41N.IO DESIGNERS HACKATHON AT
ARS ELECTRONICA 2018

 

Brain Hackathons are brainstorming and collaborative marathons 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 possibilities for using BCI-related hardware and software not readily thought of.  Hacks and innovation developed from the BR41N.IO Hackathon have great potential for commercialization and are designed to be a learning experience for everyone.

There are several predefined projects at the 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.  Motor imagery and EP based systems are mostly used to control the applications. Specific hardware for the projects will be provided, however, software should already be installed on your personal laptop before you come to the hackathon.

Read more: Ars Electronica Festival 2018

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. One does 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 Hackathon to demonstrate full potential of some of the sponsored hardware/software. If you are looking for team members, your project will be included in the table plan 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 Hackathon is fun and gets you to network and collaborate with other Geeks.

Hackathon participants receive an Ars Electronica Festival Ticket for free! The Festivalpass gives you access to all events including conferences and panels, entry to the POSTCITY, Ars Electronica Center, LENTOS art museum, as well as to the OK at OÖ Kulturquartier, including Höhenrausch and all other Festival venues.

Additionally, the best Hackathon projects will be awarded with cash prizes:

  • 1st BR41N.IO Prize: $ 300
  • 2nd BR41N.IO Prize: $ 200
  • 3rd BR41N.IO Prize: $ 100
  • IEEE Brain Prize: $ 1,200*
  • IEEE Brain Prize: $ 1,200*

* Travel budget + 1 free registration and acceptance to present hackathon results during the poster session at the IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies on November 1-2, 2018 in San Diego, USA

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HACKATHON SCHEDULE

 

Saturday, 2018/09/08

10:00 – 10:30 AM Welcome
10:30 – 11:00 AM Current and future applications of
brain-computer interfaces

Christoph Guger
11:00 – 11:30 AM How to run a real-time BCI application
Christoph Guger
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Unicorn demo
Martin Walchshofer
12:00 – 1:00 PM Hacker groups and mentoring
1:00 PM START: BR41N.IO HACKATHON

Sunday, 2018/09/09

1:00 PM END: BR41N.IO HACKATHON
1:00 – 3:00 PM Project presentations
3:00 – 3:30 PM Meeting Hackathon Jury
3:30 – 4:00 PM BR41N.IO Ceremony
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HACKATHON JURY

 

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Christoph Guger (AT)

CEO of g.tec medical engineering GmbH and Guger Technologies OG

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Erika Mondria (AT)

Head of Brain Lab
Ars Electronica Center Linz

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Alexander Egyed (AT)

Vicerector for Research,
Johannes Kepler University Linz

 

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Thomas Haslwanter (AT)

Professor at University of Applied Sciences, Linz

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Mario Zeppetzauer (AT)

Professor at University of Arts and Design, Linz

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Harald Kindermann (AT)

Professor at University of Applied Sciences, Steyr

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HACKING PROJECTS
 

intendiX/extendiX Smart Home

The unicorn is supported by the P300 based spelling application intendiX. It is possible to control home devices such as lamps, radios or television. Watch the intendiX/extendiX Smart Home video.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn, everyday objects (bring your own objects)
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

Orthosis Control

It is possible to control a 3D printed orthosis using a unicorn amplifier with motor imagery. It is possible to move an orthosis by thinking about left or right hand motion. Watch the Orthosis Control video.

soft-/hardware specifications: g.USBamp, orthesis
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

Gin Tonic Robot

How do you like your Gin Tonic: Hendrick's, Botanist or Edinburgh Gin? Rosemary, cucumber, lime or pepper? Did you ever wish for a Gin Tonic, and it suddenly appears in your hand? Think of a Gin Tonic cocktail and have a robot mix and pour it over ice for you. Cheers!

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink, C#)

Registration

 

Unicorn Waves

The user is wearing a unicorn headset and according to her EEG signals a music track or abstract sounds are being created which will be automatically exported as mp3 (and ready to share with friends). Technically the unicorn is sending signals to Sonic Pi to create audio tracks.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people
skills: Basic programming skills (Ruby)

Registration

 

‌‌ Sphero SPRK Control

The unicorn is supported by the P300 based spelling application intendiX. It is possible to controll a robotic ball called Sphero with intendiX. Watch the Sphero Control video.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn, Sphero
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#)

Registration

 

‌‌ Flight Control

The unicorn is supported by the P300 based spelling application intendiX. It is possible to move a drone with intendiX.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn, drone
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Java)

Registration

 

e-puck Control

It is possible to control an e-puck with the P300 based spelling application intendiX. Watch the e-puck control video.

soft-/hardware specifications: g.Nautilus, e-puck
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#)

Registration

 

fNIRS and EEG Control

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

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

Registration

 

Unity Games

It is possible to control a unity based games.

soft-/hardware specifications: g.Nautilus
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink), Basic graphics programming with Unity

Registration

 

Dream Painting

To use the dream painting app, the user is wearing an unicorn headset while sleeping. When he wakes up, he will get an image created according to his EEG signals.

soft-/hardware specifications: g.USBamp
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

Camera

It is possible to record videos, while recording EEG with an unicorn amplifier.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn, cameras
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

Connect intendiX w/ Social Media

The unicorn amplifier is supported by the P300 based spelling application intendiX. When connected to Twitter or Facebook, status updated can be written. Watch the intendiX Social Media video.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

ARTISTIC PROJECTS
 

intendiX Painting

Create images according to your EEG signals.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group

Registration

 

Use intendiX for Social Media

Use the P300 based spelling application intendiX to update your status on Twitter or Facebook. Watch the intendiX Social Media video.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group

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Design Headsets Using 3D Printing

Expand your EEG Headset with your own 3d printed parts. Let them move, light, hold things or simply look nice. Watch the 3D Headset Design video.

soft-/hardware specifications: 3D printer, 3D freeware
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic CAD

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Design Headsets Using Sewing Machines

Expand your EEG Headset with a hat designed to keep all electrodes in their intended position.

soft-/hardware specifications: sewing machines and material
participants: 10 people

Registration

 

FOR CHILDREN
 

‌‌ Unicorn Kids Table

Kids can join anytime and stay as long as they want to and handicraft their own headsets based on their imagination.

soft-/hardware specifications: none
participants: unlimited

Registration

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THAT WAS LINZ 2018. THANK YOU!

 

PROGRAMMING WINNERS
 

IEEE BRAIN WINNER

Team "Unicorn Waves"

The team created a BCI controlled graphics and sound animation program using P300 speller to influence the animations.

Team members: Karin Ohshita, Patricia Ziegler, David Osou, Tatiana Statsenko, Thomas Schranz, Verena Handler-Kunze, Paul Pallweber, Emanuele Capparelli, David Pfluegl, Allen Berger

1. PLACE WINNER

Team "Gin Tonic"

The team controlled the mixture of Gin and Tonic with the alpha/beta ratio to induce more relaxation in its user.

Team members: Theresia Grahammer, Elisabeth Böhmwalder, Stefan Zapf, Rosa Büchsenmeister, Christoph Kernstock, Bernd Reutterer, Lukas Traxler

2. PLACE WINNER

Dreamteam "Schloafn"

The Dreamteam mapped activation of the EEG on a graphical representation while a person was sleeping indicating how active the brain was.

Team members: Juan Ignacio Pisula, Thomas Preindl, Tomasz Kostka, Melanie Balaz, Helene Casado, Anthulla Dushi, Billie Postlmayr

3. PLACE WINNER

Team "Orthosis"

The team combined prosthetic hand control with haptic feedback and could play the piano with BCI and scroll through a playlist.

Team member: Timar Ivo Batis, Sophie Richter, Laurence Freeman

ARTISTIC WINNERS
 

IEEE BRAIN WINNER

Team "3D printed Brain"

The team created a 3D printed brain headset with a 3D printed hand grasping into the brain.

Team members: Angelika Hiebl, Konstantin Wiplinger

1. PLACE WINNER

Team "Uniqorn Painting"

Team Unicorn Painting created pictures with a P300 based painting application on the computer and controlled a Sphero robot to create the painting.

Team members: Sandra Youssef, Melina Maria Strasser, Rafael Benitez Cabral, Weronika Fleszar, Bálint Budai, Loren P. Bergantini, Adrienn Hérincs, Hui Sim Chan, Karolina Sulich

2. PLACE WINNER

Team "Leather and Lace"

The fashion-school student combined leather and lace elements into a stylish EEG headset that is fully functional.

Team member: Miriam Graf

3. PLACE WINNER

Team "Smoke"

The fashion-school student designed an EEG headset with sewing machines and used CDs to style it.

Team member: Sophia Pillichshammer

KIDS WINNER

The kids used differend colorful pearls and created a fashionable Unicorn headset.

Team members: Yannic, Stella, Lina, Linda