4th Annual McGill Physics Hackathon

Create programs and application to explore physics in new and interactive ways

Computational physics is the fusion of advanced computing techniques and scientific principles to explore virtually the uncharted world around us. Everything from games, planes, brains, DNA, automobiles and advanced materials is being developed at a lightning pace these days, in large part due to the computational tools available to scientists to explore the nature of how things work. Advanced scientific computing is driving a new industrial revolution as advanced nations move into a digital economy.

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Prizes

$1,600 in prizes

1st Place

600$ Cash Prize for the team sponsored by VIA and All Girls Hack Night

2nd Place

400$ Cash prize for the team

3rd Place

200$ Cash Prize for the team

Astro Prize

Trip to the Mont-Megantic Observatory, prize includes a private visit of the observatory, a night at the residences, travel cost, and meals.

Best Arts & Science Project

Paid Internship at B21

Machine Learning Prize

Wolfram prize

Team with the most beautiful equation wins year-long edition to Wolfram software

People's choice award

$100 cash prize. Team with the most votes in Devpost win

Eligibility

Everyone interested! Especially students from any high school, CEGEP or university, from any province or country with an interest in physical science, programming or computational arts are welcome to apply!

Requirements

Teams must submit a working program that demonstrates a concept in physics in an artistic and/or interactive fashion.

You must submit your project via Google Docs before Sunday, Nov 3 at 12 PM and you need to submit your project here by 12:30 PM.

Judges

Andrew Cumming

Andrew Cumming
McGill Physics Professor

Paul Francois

Paul Francois
McGill Physics Professor

John Muddle

John Muddle
Team Lead, Data Scientist at VIA

Edouard Desjardins

Edouard Desjardins
Tech Scout at TandemLaunch

Paule-J Toussaint

Paule-J Toussaint
Neuroscience McGill Professor

Bill Coish

Bill Coish
McGill Physics Professor

Amanda Lee

Amanda Lee
Graphic Designer at LVL Studio

Nikolas Provatas

Nikolas Provatas
McGill Physics Professor

Rabea Seyboldt

Rabea Seyboldt
McGill Physics Researcher

JC Btaiche

JC Btaiche
Fuse Energy

Gabriel Galindo

Gabriel Galindo
UI/UX Designer at Intact Insurance

Nicole Fitzgerald

Nicole Fitzgerald
Research Engineer at Microsoft Research

Matthew Frick

Matthew Frick
McGill Physics PhD

Carolina Cruz-Vinaccia

Carolina Cruz-Vinaccia
Coordinator at McGill Space Institute

Lisa Dang

Lisa Dang
Organizer/McGill Physics

Matthew Heffernan

Matthew Heffernan
Organizer/McGill Physics

Thomas Rademaker

Thomas Rademaker
Organizer/McGill Physics

Joelle Begin

Joelle Begin
Organizer/McGill Physics

Juliann Wray

Juliann Wray
Organizer/McGill Physics

Andrew Lewis

Andrew Lewis
Organizer/McGill Physics

Joel Trudeau

Joel Trudeau
Organizer/Dawson

Anita Parmar

Anita Parmar
Organizer/B21

Rebecca Brosseau

Rebecca Brosseau
Organizer/B21

Mohammed Harb

Mohammed Harb
Organizer/McGill Physics

Adrian Liu

Adrian Liu
Organizer/McGill Physics Prof

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Execution
    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?
  • Communication
    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?
  • Aesthetics
    Is the solution beautiful/elegant/polished? Does the solution show the beauty of scientific computing?

themes

  • Machine Learning/ AI
  • Communication
  • Social Good