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HackerNest Construct: Mind & Motion hackathon


Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM (EST)

HackerNest Construct: Mind & Motion hackathon

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
early bird Ended CA$50.00 CA$3.35
early bird batch #2 Ended CA$50.00 CA$3.35
early bird group Ended CA$35.00 CA$2.53
early bird group batch #2 Ended CA$35.00 CA$2.53
regular Ended CA$75.00 CA$4.73
regular group Ended CA$55.00 CA$3.63
regular group batch #2 Ended CA$55.00 CA$3.63
student (bring ID with you!) Ended CA$10.00 CA$1.15

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(99.8% sure we're Canada's largest hardware-focused hackathon)


HackerNest Construct is a 24-hour programming competition focused on creativity and the innovative use of technology. (NOT business plans, commercial viability, or monetization)


We ran the first HackerNest Construct hardware hackathon Feb 22-23 and it was all sorts of epictacular. Pretty much everybody won. We were even covered by the Wall Street Journal.

We gave out over $30K of cash and stuff. Look how happy they are!

 Anyway, even those who didn't win prizes (which was difficult, since we gave out over 110+ devices) had an exhaustingly fun time -- the joint was PACKED.



 (for real this time)

1st place: Project ARena - 
Raspberry Pi, iOS, web app, RC car, camera phones, Unity: crowd-sourced, web-based, live-streamed remote control car driving controls with augmented reality overlay

2nd place: The Axioms - Raspberry Pi, ultrasonic sensors, custom built device: Stringless 3-in-1 (violin, cello, drums) musical instrument using ultrasonic sensors to let you manipulate sound using hand positioning 

Klick "Full Mind and Motion Exploit" - Gloverunner: Arduino, Leap Motion, Node.js: Glove that lets you play Half-Life using only hand gestures; initial application was to help people learn sign language

Best use of YellowAPI: Headbanger - Kiwi Move, YellowAPI, Node.js, Meteor: Search for opponents based on location and have a virtual headbanging contest using real Streetview images as the 'setting'

Klick "Most Healthy": Gambling Bike - Arduino, laptop, bike: Load a mountain biking 1st person video and ride the trail; entertain yourself while on a stationary bike

Klick "Most Energetic": eXistenZ - Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Android, FitBit: Shirt that shows your phone's battery level, your heart rate, etc. 

Seriously though. We all won. This was a blast. Thanks so much for everything - organizers, volunteers, sponsors, participants, press, everyone!


When: February 22-23, 2014

Where: Ryerson DMZ, 10 Dundas Street East, 6th Floor, Toronto, ON M5B 2G9

Platforms/devices: Mind & Motion is all about spiffy next-generation interface devices like neural/gesture controls, augmented reality, wearables, tablets, and all the funky stuff you see in movies. You can bring/build any demo-able platform/device that (even remotely) fits the theme, but as a base, here's what's available (limited numbers; pipe up if your team is definitely working on one):

Read/research a ton, be independent. You are responsible for knowing and setting up your IDEs, SDKs, APIs, and every other acronym. Assume there will be no help from anyone. Be prepared!

Teams: Max 5 people. Don't have one yet? Don't worry, we're running a team matching Tech Social on February 17th! Due to the highly technical nature of this hackathon, an intermediate to advanced tech skillset is pretty necessary. Also, space limitations unfortunately only allow for sponsors, partners, and members of the press to observe the hackers in their natural habitat. Thanks for understanding! ♥


$2500 ca$hmoney Grand Prize
$1337 ca$hmoney Runner Up
+ various badass "best of" prizes and tons of giveaways!
(one lucky participant will win our shiny new Oculus Rift - not yet available in stores!)

Oculus Rift, Kiwi Move, Datawind UbiSlate, LeapMotion, PUSH Strength, Nanodots GYRO, OUYA, Pebble, Intelligent Headset, Raspberry Pi, Myo Armband

thousands of dollars in SoftLayer hosting credits
thousands of dollars in Digital Ocean hosting credits
multiple Camaraderie Coworking day passes
...and so much more!




Klick Health: The agency of the future.




Yellow API: The goto resource for location based applications.

: The fastest way to deliver email.

SendGrid: Email delivery. Simplified.

: Build the future.

Digital Media Zone
: A different kind of business incubator.

: Making tech accessible for 3 billion more people.

: Build software better, together.

Intelligent Headset
: World's first 3D audio headset.




Digital Ocean: Simple cloud hosting built for developers.

: Strength in numbers.

Frank & Oak
: Menswear online.

: Wearable tech.

: The gift that keeps on gaming.

: Get from A to B in a snazzy ride while saving cash AND the environment.

TinEye: Reverse image search engine.


Wanna sponsor? Email Wanna volunteer? (we'll love you forever!) Email


Judges: Prominent tech nerds who'll score demos based on functionality and coolfactor.







Frank & Oak




Organizers: HackerNest is a nonprofit that builds supportive “Silicon Valley” type tech communities – everywhere – through unpretentious social events and hackathons to ultimately empower people with more relevant and accessible tech education. Already Canada’s largest, fastest growing tech meetups, there are HackerNest splinter cells popping up in more and more cities around the world. Construct logo and artwork courtesy of Johnny Chauvet.











Here's a rough outline (there's a bunch of secret stuff we're only going to reveal at the event). Register Saturday, eat, hack, eat, demo, win stuff, party, etc. Listing some of the stuff we're serving below; everything has a vegetarian option.


Saturday, Feb 22


  • 8:30am - 11am: doors open, registration, breakfast (breakfasty stuff)
  • 11am - 12pm: welcome note, sponsor intros, announcements, etc.
  • 12pm - 1:30pm: brutal team matching chaos, lunch (chicken caesar wrap, gourmet chipotle macaroni and cheese, salad, brownie, fruit)
  • 2pm: START H4X
  • 6pm: dinner (lasagna, salad, dinner roll, dessert, fruit)


Sunday, Feb 23


  • 12:01am: somethin' special (om nom nom!)
  • 7am: breakfast (English egg muffins, hash browns, granola, cereal, fruit, yogurt)
  • 11am: lunch (Spanish Paella, garlic crustinis, salad, canapes/appetizers, desserts, fruit)
  • 2pm - 3pm: demo signup
  • 3pm - 6pm: demos, judging, PRIZES BAHAHAHAHA!


Rules: Find them all here, but here's a couple easy ones.

  • teams of up to 5 hackers
  • fresh code only
  • demos must be functional demos - not slideshows
  • participants must have excellent personal hygiene
  • etc.

Students: We've already made your tickets just $10, but if you're a super-broke-as-hell student, contact us using your school email address and we'll see what we can do. Most of this will probably be predicated on you wrangling us more participants. Ramen ftw.

Refunds: Sorry, but unless it's a death in the family or your arm gets lopped off by a meteor, no refunds. Hackathons are ridiculously expensive.

* Raspberry Pi kit includes:

Have questions about HackerNest Construct: Mind & Motion hackathon? Contact HackerNest

When & Where

Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University
10 Dundas Street East, 6th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2G9

Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM (EST)

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HackerNest is an international nonprofit organization and movement that builds local tech communities around the world (22 cities and counting!) by running unpretentious community events and epic, meaningful, universally-acclaimed hackathons. Our mission: economic development through technological proliferation. To learn more, visit

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