If you tinker in electronics, mechanics, microcontrollers or software, 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.
We are finalizing a date in early 2014 for the next hackathon. It will be the same format as GYBO 2012. On the Friday evening you’ll meet fellow robohackers, make teams, and come up with ideas for your robot. 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.
ABOUT THE GET YOUR BOT ON! ROBOTICS HACKATHON
Get Your Bot On! is a 3-day hacking extravanganza! Other hackathons have you sitting solemnly behind your computer screen, plunking away at your code. Get Your Bot On! will have you rolling up your sleeves and getting sweaty trying to get your bot to Bust a Move!
We, the team behind the hackathon, love robots, are passionate about building things, and wanted to meet some people who feel the same. We are all volunteers and have been working hard hammering out the details of the weekend so you can have fun.
Adriana Ieraci, Co-Founder
Adriana started the robotics hackathon with cofounder Nick Stedman because she loves to work with hackers. Adriana is founder of Conveyor Built, a product design and development firm that helps product teams work better together and build their product ideas. Conveyor Built collaborators can be found almost every Tuesday night at ThingTank Lab where Adriana is an advisor, hacking away at some crazy project or other. As founder, Adriana has developed workshops that guide participants in designing and building their own digitally-enabled objects using rapid prototyping tools, electronics, open hardware and software platforms and techniques from sculpture and art practice.
Adriana leads her team of collaborators including software and hardware engineers, artsists, instructional and industrial designers to develop these workshops and Conveyor Built’s own products including an open source eye tracking device.
Nick Stedman, Co-Founder
Nick started the robotics hackathon with Adriana and is excited to see what amazing robots are built. For the past decade, Nick has been designing and building electronic devices. These range from artworks to products to tools that enable others to be creative. Nick does electronic and mechanical design, programming, and fabrication. In recent years he has made several robots that physically interact with people. These have been shown around the world, including on a Japanese game show. More recently he founded Steddy Robots, a company that develops tools that make it easy to develop robots and animatronics. Nick also teaches at Ryerson University and York University.
Leila Boujnane, Organizer
Leila is founder of HackDays and CEO of TinEye, the world’s first web scale reverse image search engine. Workaholic. A bit obsessed with large scale image search. Interested in hacking, photography, technology, startups, surfing, motorcycling and bourbon. She is a supporter of Canada’s startup community and a search innovation leader who has been featured in various publications including Canadian Business, the Globe and Mail, the Financial Post, Fast Company, The New York Times, CBC, The Guardian. She is also a novice ultra runner and terrible photographer.
Leila wants to make sure that every single developer interested in flexing her coding muscles gets a chance to do just that!
Twitter: @leilaboujnane Blog: Hyperbio
Daniel Mirmilshteyn, Technology
Daniel is a second-year mechanical engineering student at the University of Toronto. He has worked with the University of Toronto Robotics Association (UTRA) Autonomous Rover Team, which competed in the International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition in Vancouver. He designed the software algorithms used, as well as developed communications systems to work with the on-board sensors. He continues to work with the team, co-leading the mechanical team and leading the software team. Daniel also has a passion for game development, developing exciting online multiplayer games in his spare time.
Fouzia Khan, Volunteers
Fouzia Khan is working as a research engineer for surgical tool development at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is an active member of the Robotics club at the University of Toronto. At the club, she has built a sumo robot that can autonomously wrestle. She has also managed a team to build an autonomous rover that competed in 2012 IARRC at University of British Columbia and came home with a bronze. In summary, she loves building and is looking forward to the hackathon.
Christine VanWalraven, Equipment, Communications
Justin Scherer, Equipment