Wearhacks promotes innovation, entrepreneurship, and education in the Internet of Things and Wearables space.
Our fundamental goal is to bridge the knowledge gap that exists in the IoT industry amongst technology enthusiasts from all backgrounds through hackathons.
We strive to make hardware education accessible, approachable, and affordable.
For an intensive 48 hours, you will learn new tools, meet industry experts, collaborate with other talented students and young professionals and build new wearable and connected technology.
We'll give you access to a hardware lab, great food and lots of coffee. You build something awesome.
We welcome all kinds of innovators and industry experts, students and non-students alike, developers, engineers, designers, neuroscientists and curious minds.
We follow-up with the teams and help promote the best projects. We organize demos, talks, etc.
Our Montreal 2014 hackathon was a resounding success featuring 47+ projects. Some of the winners are being mentored by Founder Fuel and District 3. Learn more
Post a demo video of your project on our Facebook Page. The video with the most likes is the winner!
Principal Technical Product Manager, Platform
Nirvana Tikku is passionate about solving problems. A software engineer turned product manager, he loves building, hacking and developing innovative experiences and has an insatiable curiosity for all things in and around technology. With over 8 years of professional development experience crafting web and mobile applications, he is now the Principal Technical Product Manager, Platform at Nuance Communications. A native of Hong Kong, he moved to Boston to attend Tufts University and has been working in Boston after graduating with a degree in EE.
Head of Electronic Textiles
Joanna Berzowska is the Head of Electronic Textiles at OMsignal, a Montreal wearables company developing a line of biometric garments, which connect seamlessly to mobile devices and offer biofeedback to optimize performance, wellness, and wellbeing. She is also the Associate Professor and Chair of the Design and Computation Arts Department at Concordia University, and the founder and research director of XS Labs, a design research studio with a focus on innovation in the fields of electronic textiles and reactive garments. A core component of her research involves the development of enabling methods, materials, and technologies - in the form of soft electronic circuits and composite fibers - as well as the exploration of the expressive potential of soft reactive structures. She lectures internationally about the field of electronic textiles and related social, cultural, aesthetic, and political issues.
Montreal Program Director
Sergio Escobar is the Managing Director for the Silicon Valley early stage accelerator Founder Institute in Montreal, plus acts as Program Director for Techstars pre-accelerator Startup NEXT. Sergio has launched tech startups in eCommerce and Mobile Payments, plus small & medium companies (meat packing plant, ostrich farming, leather manufacturing) with equity investments coming from angel investors and family offices. Sergio is mentor and judge in Canada, Latin America, Silicon Valley, Singapore and London for different programs such as Hacking Health Design Challenge, Angel Hack Hackccelerator, Momentum Accelerator, FounderLab Post-Accelerator, Startup Bootcamp Accelerator, and Startup Peru Accelerator. Finally, he is Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend in Latin America and Canada.
Antoine Nivard is an Associate at iNovia Capital - an early stage technology venture capital firm. Antoine is passionate about mobile technologies that reinvent industries and empower people to collaborate more efficiently. He worked on the firm’s investments in AppDirect, Clearpath Robotics, Crew, Lightspeed POS and Routehappy and he is actively involved with Poka and Woozworld. Antoine was most recently a management consultant, where he advised large corporations in financial services, retail and consumer goods in Asia, Europe and North America. Antoine also serves on the board of the Montreal National Jazz Orchestra.
As a Sr. Technical Evangelist at IMMUNIO, Frédéric Harper is sharing his passion for technology and helping developers to make the web more secure, one application at a time. A former Mozilla and Microsoft Evangelist, he is also the author of "Success in Programming" published under the Apress banner. Lastly, Fred is a seasoned international public speaker, beard lover, and a crazy cat man.
CEO & Co-founder
Frederic is the CEO of mnubo, an IoT Analytics market leader. He has nearly 20 years of international experience with a successful track record in the mobile and data industry. Since founding mnubo in 2012, Fred and his co-founders assembled a team of 50 Big Data experts, reached profitability, and bootstrapped mnubo’s growth up to a Series A venture funding. Prior to mnubo, he was the VP of Products for Blueslice Networks (acquired by Tekelec fornearly US$40M), a Montreal-based startup, developing an industry-leading M2M and Subscriber Data Management (SDM) platform. Under his leadership, Blueslice added 8 products, and acquired 70+ customers worldwide.
Mathieu is a software developer at Vigilant Global. He was first exposed to Ruby 7 years ago and has since used it on all fronts. He is involved in the Montreal Ruby community and has been teaching at RailsBridge Montreal since its launch. Mathieu plans to brew his own beer some day soon. Meanwhile, he enjoys a good cappuccino on a sunny Sunday morning.
Vice Chair, Concordia IEEE
An electrical engineering Concordia University student with a previous fine arts degree, Nathaly has a unique perspective on technology. She has played with Arduinos and analog circuits for creative applications. Currently the vice chair of the Concordia IEEE student branch, she has also explored a passion for teaching others during tutorials or at the lab.
Senior Software Developer
Philippe is a developer at Google where he works on constantly improving the Chrome browser. He holds a Ph.D in Computer Science and taught virtual bipeds to walk by themselves during his postdoc at UBC. Philippe also founded ArcBees, specializing in cloud-based development. Prior to that he worked in the videogame and graphics hardware industries. When he has some free time, Philippe likes to invent new boardgames, incuding Québec which was published to celebrate the 400 year anniversary of the famous city.
Senior Mobile Developer
An all-around software engineer, Will strives for a thorough understanding of every technology he uses. He’ll be happy to start hacking your embedded device using just C, cook a new algorithm for your java web-server or tweak that nasty angular.js UI in your browser. He lives by a simple motto: never do something twice, even if it's insignificant--- automate it!
Philippe is a software engineer from Mirego that has been passionate about Android since 2010. He has worked on a wide variety of Android apps for newspapers, startups, television providers and more. Philippe is passionate about software craftsmanship, developer tools and productivity. He is one of the organizers of droidcon Montréal and is very active in the Montréal Android Community. He is also the author of the ADB IDEA plugin for Android studio.
John Brohan is an Android developer specializing in apps for the elderly. There are special requirements for this demographic. In earlier times he developed Robotic solutions and specialized in LabView to connect instruments of all sorts to computers... from Fetal Monitors used in the Labor of Childbirth to Automating some organic chemistry in drug development to monitoring the strength of sexual erection in rats.
Google Developer Expert
Etienne has been an active member of the Android developer community in Montreal since 2010, and regularly devotes his time towards mentoring startups, developers and students in the mobile space. As part of the Montreal Android GDG, he organises meetups, hackathons, and gives regular talks on Android-related subjects. He's now part of the Google Developer Expert program.
Patrick Chandler is an entrepreneur studying mechanical engineering. He has unique experience in 3D motion tracking, algorithm design, bio mechanics, signal processing and machine learning. Patrick is driven to understand and optimize the human body and it's motion through data and advancing wearable technology!
Director of Lab Services
Paul is an electrical engineer student at Concordia University who takes interest in electronics, electrical design, and small projects. He is currently the director of Lab Services of the Concordia IEEE and he is also a hardware engineer intern at CAE for Fall 2015. He loves to learn new topics involving hardware, electronics and reverse engineering.
Android developer at Transit App
Samuel joined Nuance as a software engineer after graduating with degrees in Linguistics and Computer Science. As a former academic researcher and startup founder, he loves acquiring knowledge as well as getting things done. In his eyes, nothing beats the sweet satisfaction of writing elegant python code.
Google Developer Expert
Samuel has been working with Android and mobile web since 2009. He is now developing the Android version of Transit App. Samuel love participating in hackathons and helped in the organization of a few in the past 3 years. He's in the process of entering the Google Developer Expert program.
reelyActive co-founder, IoT nerd
Trained as a computer engineer, mastered as an AI researcher and embedded in technology startups for over a decade, Jeff enjoys advancing novel technologies and tying his hair into pigtails at hackathons. He's always happy to help out on presence detection, indoor location, Bluetooth (ask to see his belt), Node.js and the underappreciated utility of software mascots.
Senior User Experience Researcher
Adam Emfield is the senior user experience researcher at Nuance Communications. He has a broad background studying and working in human factors psychology, industrial engineering, and computer science. He spends most of his time with developers and designers to help test and validate new prototypes, as well as make sure that existing products are improved through iterative user testing.
Sr. Embedded C/C++ Developer
Passionate about the embedded world, a test-driven development proponent, father of two, and a tennis aficionado, Cedric has been working on Dragon TV and speech SDKs since he joined Nuance almost 3 years ago. In his book, good code is 45% testing, 45% good design, and 10% swearing in front of the computer.
Director of IT Services
Ahmed is a 4th year computer engineering student at Concordia University. Ahmed is passionate about programming, he has worked on Android projects as well as web applications. He is currently the director of IT services at the IEEE Concordia's student branch.
CEO, DOT Inc.
Originally from Pakistan, Yishel recently graduated from McGill University with bachelors in Electrical Engineering. Having taught children with special all around the world, she established DOT Inc. pursing her passion to help people. She aims to innovate the field of medical technology. Maintaining a daytime job at Ericsson as a Software Developer (in Ottawa), her evenings and weekends are spent working on the startup (in Montreal).
Alexandre is the co-founder of the wearable startup, Hykso. He specializes in the design of electronic circuits and the programmation of embedded systems.
Sohaib Mirza graduated from McGill University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation, he decided to kick-start his career by joining the co-founding team of the startup, Hykso.
Director and Leader, Hacking Health Montreal / Health Prize Judge
Irene is Director of Marketing at PetalMD, Canada's largest online physician community, leading the industry in online management, communication and planning tools for physicians. She also is the Director and leader of Hacking Health in Montreal. Hacking Health is an international non-for-profit organization designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems. Among her numerous achievement, Irene organized the world's biggest health hackathon with over 500 participants...
Emergency Medicine Resident
Antony Robert is an engineer who crossed over to the dark side of medicine in 2010. After years of experience in software development, project management, start up environment, it is in the hospital that he finds the perfect playground to marry technology with medicine. Antony aims to find true passion and joy in innovating medicine and education.
Principal Software Engineer, Technical Innovation
Jeremy Slater is a principal engineer on the innovation team at Nuance. As part of the innovation team he works with speech recognition and speech synthesis along with natural language technology to bring voice to next-generation products and prototypes. He focuses on the development of intuitive developer speech interfaces that work universally across a wide variety of platforms. Jeremy received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Product Marketing / Management Expert
Justin is a Product Marketing and Product Management expert with 10+ years experience providing leadership and advisory services a variety of firms from B2B Fortune 500s like HP and Blackberry, to fast-growing B2C and B2B startups. Beyond joining a startup incubator, pitching successfully on Dragons’ Den, and building a few startups of his own, Justin has defined product features, roadmaps, strategic positioning, go-to-market planning and implementation for over 20 software products across multiple industry verticals and customer segments.
Founder and CEO of Priwen Systems Inc.
Aaron Wilkins is the founder and CEO of Priwen Systems Inc., a company focused on wearable tech for use in heavy industry and harsh environments. Aaron has a background in Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics. He has done work in the Aerospace industry as well as Particle Physics research labs, but his start in Wearable tech was leading the development of the Neptune Pine Smartwatch, where he was involved in almost every development aspect from initial concept to final production, working both as a mechanical designer and as a manager.
Khalil Zahar has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Laval University and a Master's in Applied Sciences from the University of Toronto where he worked on the miniaturization of Ion Mobility Spectrometers (IMS) for his Master thesis. While at the University of Toronto, Khalil fell in love with Boxing, which is where the first idea of Hykso, a wearable technology company helping coaches customize their training to maximize output performance.
WearHacks is an international Montreal-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to make hardware education - with an emphasis on the domain of Wearable and Internet of Things technologies - accessible, approachable, and affordable to everyone. Through our WearHacks hackathons, we give hackers access to cutting edge hardware devices with learning materials, create an environment whereby hackers feel comfortable exploring new domains, and reduce the price of experimentation and upfront investment from the hackers.
No worries. It's definitely a plus to have prior coding or technical experience, but it's not a requirement. We'll have talks, mentors and workshops to help you with your project- Hackathons can be a great place to learn new skills in a short amount of time. Just come eager to learn, excited to meet lots of awesome people and most importantly, come ready to build.
The first 50 students and 50 non-students who can solve our little puzzle can attend for free.
Otherwise, tickets are starting at only $15 for students and $25 for non-students.
This covers all costs of attending - food and hardware will be provided. See you there! :)
We've got that covered. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks will be served. Locally sourced. Completely free.
Not a problem. You can join projects if you don't have an idea or create a project if you have an idea but no team at the event. There will be a little mingling on Friday night - time for brainstorming and team forming. Either way, you're good to go!
We do not have any specific requirements for team sizes, but keep in mind that the bigger your team the harder it will be to manage. We recommend a maximum team size of four people and encourage diversity.
A laptop and cables/chargers are the essentials. If you have a hardware hack in mind that uses kits not being provided, then bring along the needed components! You can also bring your sleeping bag and toiletries.
The short answer is no. We do not encourage participants to work on pre-existing projects as this goes against the spirit of hackathons. However, you can definitely familiarize yourself with the APIs, libraries and kits that you want to work on. We'll also be providing more info about the APIs that our sponsors will be providing, so stay tuned!
A group of judges will rate the hacks based on creativity, technical difficulty, design, and usefulness. Sponsors also evaluate projects that are competing for their respective prizes based on their own criteria. The top 10 overall projects will go to a final round of judging, where teams will demo what they built in front of all the judges and participants. We will be posting more details about our judges and judging categories closer to the event, along with what prizes are up for grabs.
Doors Open and Registration Mixer
06:30 PM - 7:25pm
1-Minute Pitches & Team Formation (do
09:30 PM - 10:00PM
09:30 PM-10:25 PM
3D Printing by Connie Leung
Hardware labs open
Bite & Bits (i.e. Breakfast & Workshops)
10:00 AM-10:55 AM
Bringing the Good: What You Can Hack on with Nuance by Nirvana Tikku, Nuance Communications (TBC)
11:00 AM-10:45 AM
WebSockets by Mathieu Gagné, Vigilant Global
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Start-Up Legal 101 by Jamie Benizri, Legal Logik
02:00 PM - 02:50 PM
Product Design by Marc-Antoine Archambault, Tak Design
Breakout session: "Musical Bikes" provided by Music Motion
Hacking Stops! Time to submit.
Judging Round 1: Fair style
Judging Round 2: Top 10 present on stage
Awards and Closing Ceremony