Hello everyone, I hope that you had an enjoyable reading week that didn’t have too many assignments weighing you down. For all of you that did, just remember that it could be much worse. After all, at least you don’t have to hand write it all out like people used to do.

It’s going to be a short newsletter, as the main thing that we want to bring to your attention is the results of CalgaryHacks 2019!

CalgaryHacks Results

First of all, thank you to everyone that came. You sacrificed your time, sleep, and general sanity to participate, and for that we salute you. To give you an idea of how well things went, let me give you some information:

  • Out of the 248 people that registered, 169 people participated.
  • Out of the 64 teams that registered, 59 teams participated.
  • 38 teams were able to present.
  • 480 Croissant sandwiches were bought (Hope you guys aren’t going to France anytime soon).
  • 79 boxes of Domino’s Pizza were ordered (Enough boxes to create a small castle that totally would have been amazing).
  • 400 can of pop were bought (luckily there were no major explosions).

Now for the winners:

  • In first place was Team Dynamic Programming with the project Notifymi, crewed by Calvin Bochulak, Robert Fiker, Alan Fung, and Martin Tran. Congratulations you guys!
  • In second place we have team Domain Lettuce with the project Amber Alert. This team was made up of Komal Waseem, Brandon Goberdhansingh, Lawrence Nguyen, Michael Hoang, and Konrad Wisniewski who managed to get the medal that it totally a better colour than gold (No metal bias here at all).
  • Finally, in third place we have team Edge Cases (interestingly enough made up entirely of first years) with their submission Recyclr. Dylan Wheeler, Jeremy Stuart, and Himika Dastidar boldly went were many first years would not, and their efforts paid off.
  • As for runners up, we had a two-way tie for forth place, teams Collision Net and JJAC. In sixth place there was the Goon Squad (is that a Loony Tunes reference?) and in seventh there was team Guardian. Dry Guys took the number eighth spot and while I would love to continue to list all of the team names here, I’m sure that you have enough reading to do with your schoolwork already.

Photos from the event can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KEdU9vXKx5MiJGcwfWJ4pwzeaVsYmFzA

And here is a short video on our CSUS instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BuOwW0_Auyr/

Again, we would like to extend our thanks to everyone who participated. While you may have lost some sleep, we are glad that you were able to apply your skills to solve problems that you may have not thought applicable to your concentration.

NerroNexus 2019

I hope that you are not completely hacked out for the year though, as NeuroNexus is just around the corner!

NeuroNexus is a Calgary-based, May 2019 multidisciplinary hackathon program that aims to bridge multidisciplinary divides to address challenges in care for neurological and mental health disorders, and accelerate the translation of research to impact.

 The program occurs over 6 weeks between March 28-May 13, and consists of 3 key events where participants get to network with other innovators, learn about real-world challenges and form a team on Pitch Day (March 28), develop a functional prototype at the Health Hack Weekend (May 10-12), and show that prototype to the community at Demo Day (May 13)

NeuroNexus needs technically proficient computer science students like you to address challenges in brain science and mental health. During the program, you will work with a multidisciplinary team and one of our ‘Challenge Champions’ to address a specific problem in brain science and mental health that interests you.  

You’ll get to apply your knowledge and learn new skills, collaborate with individuals outside your field, and develop a functional prototype with a direct application and potential business opportunity. Projects could be anything from the development of novel hardware and software tools to simplify and accelerate research, computational models of neural systems, and neurotechnologies.  

Apply as an Innovator by March 22, 2019 at:  https://www.innovation4health.com/neuronexus

Well, that’s all for now. Remember kids, while play hacking is good and fun, actual hacking may involve burly people geared up to the teeth in tactical gear busting down your door and stealing your hard drives that you spent a lot of money on. Until next time, stay safe, and try to avoid the Pentagon firewall.

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