|Hackathon Start||2014-11-14 01:00:00 UTC|
If you always wanted to build a robot then we have an awesome weekend for you! Get Your Bot On! Robotics Hackathon is a chance for newbies, hobbyists and pros alike to come together, build a robot and have some fun.
Positronic: Robots and Brains is presented in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre November 14-16, 2014. At the hackathon we will explore:
Robots that think for us
Robots that take care of us when we have trouble thinking
Robots that leave us free to think
Positronic is an exploration of robotics and brains.
At the Get Your Bot On! Robotics Hackathon students, adults, families and corporate teams will creatively apply their innovation, design and prototyping skills to conceive of and build a robot. Every team is provided with a kit of tech including hardware, electronics, and building materials – everything you need to build your robot. A team of experienced mentors will be on-hand to help too!
On the Friday evening you’ll meet fellow robohackers, form a team (if you don’t have one), and come up with ideas. All day Saturday and on Sunday morning you’ll be building, testing and rethinking your ideas. By Sunday afternoon everyone will get to see your awesome creation, and prizes will be awarded based on design, innovation and technical wonder.
This is a BYOC event (bring your own computer). We will provide a basic kit of robot tech for each team, but you are welcome to bring your own parts, if you have them.
There are only 5 rules for all robots that will be built:
the robot must move in some way
the robot must use a microcontroller
the robot must be able to sense something in its environment or receive input
the robot must be demonstrated on the final day of the hackathon
the robot must in some way relate to the theme of “Brains”
You don’t need any technical background. Just bring your creativity and your ideas!
We haven’t worked out all the details for prizes yet but here is an idea of what we are looking for:
Design – This is the “You look fabulous baby!” and ” What a sexy robot!” prize
Innovation – This is the “What Genius!” and “How come I didn’t think of that!” prize
Technical Achievement – This is the “How did you do that?!” and ” Robots will bow down to you.” prize