The Next 36 to Host Second Wearable Technology Hackathon

Canada’s top undergraduate programmers will again have the chance to build software and apps for cutting-edge wearable hardware on the planet.

As part of its National Campus Tour, The Next 36, a program for Canada’s top young innovators, is holding its annual Hackathon at Google in Toronto on October 3 and 4.

This year’s line-up of Device Partners include Thalmic Labs and their Myo armband, Kiwi Wearables, InterAxon’s Muse and the first opportunity outside the company for a hackathon featuring Bionym’s Nymi, a wearable device that authenticates the user based on their unique cardiorythm.

New this year, The Next 36 is providing a travel subsidy to encourage hackers from outside Ontario. As with any (good) hackathon, there will be plenty of fuel to keep the participants fed and energized through the night. A handful of spots are still available, although organizers expect the event to sell out. Judges will be announced next week.

Prizes for the winning teams will include cash, MYO and Nymi armbands, a Muse, plus a select number of advance spots at N36 National Selection Weekend in January 2015.

Hackathon competitors will be building software for hardware devices. The Hackathon is open to any Canadian undergraduate student.

The Hackathon is part of the N36’s larger National Campus Tour that supports the N36’s goal to increase the number of entrepreneurial-minded applications they receive from technical co-founders for their 2015 cohort. Applications to The Next 36 close on October 27th.