UW’s CSNE (Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering) hosted its 2015 Hackathon November 6-9. At this second annual event, fifteen students from UW, MIT, San Diego State University and Spelman College formed five teams to develop novel technologies to address sensorimotor neural engineering problems. The teams’ projects aligned with the CSNE’s core missions of uniting the human brain with technology, improving the quality of life for people suffering from sensorimotor neural disabilities and engaging the next generation of scientists and engineers.
The Hackathon, which started in 2014, spun out from a UW course called “Technology Sandbox” where student teams devised solutions to neural engineering problems. UW Bioengineering Ph.D. student and CSNE Hackathon founder Tyler Libey saw the success of the Technology Sandbox course first-hand and was inspired to make a similar collaboration opportunity available to more students at the UW and other universities.