Brainhack Montreal 2021 will be taking place in a hybrid format on December 6-10!
1. What is a Brainhack?
Brainhacks are educational hackathons that bring researchers together from a variety of disciplines (e.g., neuroscience, psychology, engineering) and career levels (e.g., undergraduate, graduate, research staff) to collaborate on participant-led projects and ideas and share open science-oriented technical skills.
Rather than your ‘typical’ competitive hackathon, Brainhacks aim to be actively inclusive and radically collaborative. To that end, attendees don’t need to have coding expertise or prior hackathon experience: everyone is welcome! All you need to do is bring your excitement to contribute and share ideas in whatever way works for you.
Read more about the motivations behind and benefits of Brainhacks in this Neuroview piece!
2. What will the event look like/how do I register?
Brainhack Montreal 2021 will have a hybrid format, with a limited capacity in-person space available at the Centre de recherche institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM) amphitheater for coffee and snacks every morning, and as a free hacking/meeting spot for the rest of the day. The current schedule can be found on our event website here.
Registration for the event is open now; to ensure we can accommodate attendees wishing to participate in person, please register as soon as possible if you plan to use the in-person hacking space!
To stay up-to-date on Brainhack Montreal news or connect with fellow participants, join the chat on our Mattermost channel #brainhack-mtl! NOTE: Please sign up for Mattermost with a non-institutional email to ensure the registration confirmation email is not blocked by your school’s system!
3. How do I submit or join a Brainhack project?
Instructions for submitting new hackathon projects and info on existing projects you can join can be found on the Brainhack Global 2021 website here (all projects are managed centrally, even if you are attending the Montreal event). Please register for Brainhack Montreal before submitting a project!
We encourage you to submit project proposals before December 1; live project pitches will then take place on the first day of Brainhack Montreal (Dec 6) so that participants who have not yet joined a project can do so!
4. Help! I want to participate in Brainhack but lack experience/skills in :
Fear not! Brainhack welcomes participants of all different skill backgrounds and levels, and has a dedicated help desk Mattermost channel where participants can seek technical support on their projects at any time. In addition, Brainhack Montreal will have our own ‘live’ help desk on Zoom for 1 hour every day, where volunteers will be available to answer your questions or point you in the direction of resources. For refreshers/tutorials on software (Python, git, containerization, & more!), we also recommend checking out the educational modules from Brainhack School Montreal 2020.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us using the #brainhack-mtl channel! Hope to see you there!
Brainhack Montreal 2021 Organizers
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