Hard-Line Machine
Learning Hackathon

Presented by HARD-LINE in partnership with NORCAT


Friday, Jan 17-Sunday, Jan 19, 2020
NORCAT, 1545 Maley Drive, Greater Sudbury, ON

Hard-Line Machine
Learning Hackathon

Presented by HARD-LINE in partnership with NORCAT


Friday, Jan 17-Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 NORCAT, 1545 Maley Drive, Greater Sudbury, ON


Join post-secondary students, graduates and professionals from across the country in a new 42-hour machine learning Hackathon in Greater Sudbury held at NORCAT, a global innovation centre starting Friday, January 17 at 6:00pm until Sunday, January 19 at 12:00pm.

Organized by Hard-Line, the HLMLH will present attendees with 2 challenges: a supervised learning-based computer vision task and a reinforcement learning-based robotics task.

Challenge 1 will require teams to use camera data to identify, segment, and track robotic arms. Participants with expertise in machine vision, supervised learning, and robotics are encouraged to apply.

Challenge 2 will require teams to implement a reinforcement learning solution to control an autonomous mining vehicle. Participants with expertise in reinforcement learning, autonomous vehicles, and remote sensing are encouraged to apply.



What to Expect

As an HLMLH participant, you’ll have the opportunity to network with peers using machine learning, enrich your machine learning skill set, and work on challenging problems with the chance to walk away with valuable prizes to support future work in the field (stay tuned for more information on prizes!)

NORCAT’s facility is a high-tech space that encourages that development of new technology through collaboration to help start and accelerate the growth of tech companies. As our host, you’ll experience first-hand how integral NORCAT is in facilitating innovation in Northern Ontario.

The event will begin and end with special guest speakers (to be announced soon). We’ll have great food and coffee and will do all we can to make this an incredible experience for everyone involved.

On Sunday afternoon, teams will present their entries to judges. Given the nature of the challenges, judging entries will take some time. Winners will be announced on Facebook and on this site on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 12:00pm EST.

Frequently asked questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event, that varies in length and scale, where programmers gather to collaborate on different types of projects typically hosted by companies and organizations with a vested interest in technology. Participants can work alone or in teams to complete goal-oriented tasks.

Who should participate?

Those with an interest in machine learning: start up companies, graduates and students (above 18 years old).

What should I bring?

You should bring your computer, hard-drive, USB stick, and whatever else allows you to program with ease and comfort. Bring any personal items you think you’ll need over the course of the weekend.

We’ll supply meals, snacks and drinks to keep you going. If you have any dietary restrictions we should keep in mind, just let us know on the registration form.

How are entries judged?

Before the event, we’ll send the criteria we’ll use to judge entries to all registrants.

Can I start working on my hack before the event?

Register as soon as possible. Before the event, we’ll provide more information to get you thinking.

How much does it cost to enter?

Free (like the food).

How many people can be on a team?

You can work individually or on a team of up to four. If you’d like to register as a team, you can indicate that on your registration. If you’d like us to place you on a team, let us know and we’ll take it from there.

What about accommodations?

You’re welcome to get some sleep right at the venue. Please bring a pillow and sleeping bag. You can also get a hotel room, if you’d like. We can help you with booking.

What rules should we be aware of?

During the registration process, you’ll be asked to read and agree to the HLMLH Code of Conduct and Participation Agreement. If you have any questions about either of these, just get in touch with us at info@hard-line.com.

Question not here? Email us at info@hard-line.com


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