HackerNest to Host Hardware-focused Hackathon in Toronto

HackerNest, a tech meetup community, is this weekend hosting “Construct: Mind & Motion,” which the Toronto-based organization describes as the city’s largest-ever hardware-focused hackathon.

On February 22 and 23, more than 150 programmers and developers will gather to compete in this 24-hour programming competition at the Ryerson Digital Media Zone, building projects for a wide range of next-generation interfaces and wearable devices, including the Raspberry Pi, OUYA Console, Kiwi Move, and Intelligent Headset.

Unlike other hackathons, HackerNest says that Construct judging is based entirely on creativity and the innovative use of technology, not business plans or commercial viability. Teams of up to five will develop new apps and programs for HackerNest-provided devices over 24 hours, finally demoing their projects to an impressive panel of judges from leading firms across the tech community, including Raff Paquin of Frank & Oak and Leila Boujnane of TinEye.

“Construct lets us highlight new emerging technologies while underscoring the incredible talent we have right here in our local community,” explains HackerNest founder Shaharris Beh. “We’re uniting developers and putting shiny new devices in their hands to unleash their creativity: this weekend will generate never-before-seen applications and use-cases for the technology of tomorrow.”

“The Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University is proud to host the HackerNest Construct hackathon,” added Valerie Fox, Executive Director of the DMZ. “HackerNest and the DMZ share many of the same goals: fostering openness, collaboration, and growth for Toronto’s growing community of innovators. I look forward to seeing the connections that are formed between our region’s best and brightest tech talent.”

Judging starts at 3pm on Sunday, February 23, with winners announced by 6pm. Participants vie for cash ($2500 Grand Prize, $1337 Runner Up) and hardware prizes, including Datawind UbiSlate tablets, PUSH Strength bands, Myo Armbands, and thousands in hosting credits from SoftLayer and Digital Ocean.