We hope you will join us for the 5th annual McGill Physics Hackathon! Whether you are a high school, CEGEP, undergraduate, or graduate student, anyone with an interest in programming and the physical sciences is invited to attend and hone their programming, scientific, and communication skills.
In addition to our traditional big competitions, this year, we will be featuring many smaller coding challenges of varying difficulty. Anyone and everyone can walk away having learned and accomplished something!
Anyone with an interest in physical sciences and/or computing is invited! Especially students from any high school, CEGEP or university, from any province or country!
$CAD4,050 in prizes
First Place (2)
Second Place (2)
The team with the most votes on Devpost wins!
Each member of the winning team will receive their very own Celestron FirstScope Telescope AND some McGill Space Institute swag!
Machine Learning Prize
An award for the best project under the broad category of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning. The members of the winning team will have the opportunity to have a 15-minute virtual meeting with Dr. Yoshua Bengio, the world-renowned expert in artificial intelligence and scientific director of Mila! (Winners will also each receive a copy of the fascinating The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity by Arthur I. Miller).
Space Explorers Prize
The members of the winning team will each receive a gorgeous Space Explorer notebook from Kurzgesagt and two great books: "I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life" by Ed Yong, and "The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars" by Dana Sobel! And more importantly, your project might be used to teach kids physics!
Physics Education: The Uncertainties Challenge
The members of the winning team will each receive a copy of "Thing Explainer" and "What If?" by Randall Munroe, who you may know as the artist of the xkcd webcomic! And, your project might be used to help train young physicists!
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
West Virginia University
McGill Physics / INTRIQ
Spring Discovery, Inc
Ashley Da Silva
Did teams solve a challenging technical problem? Did teams get a working demo completed within the allotted time? Is it remarkable that teams could hack this project in just a day or two?
How effective/engaging/coherent is the presentation overall? Is there a good rapport in the team? Is the presentation of the physics and the methods used to present the problem solution clear and understandable?
Is the solution beautiful/elegant/polished? Does the solution show the beauty of scientific computing?