From its humble origins as a student group from the University of Alberta, NeurAlbertaTech has become a beacon in the region’s neurotechnology realm, establishing itself as a hub for neuroscience aficionados, budding entrepreneurs, and industry veterans.
Starting as a team of undergrads in early 2019, NeurAlbertaTech today marks its footprint through hosting neurotech events and workshops as a non-profit entity operating out of University space.
The startup’s innovative pursuits have given life to numerous flagship initiatives such as natHACKS, natChats, and Demo Nights, while student-led chapters spread across Alberta universities spearhead hyper-local projects.
The flagship event, natHACKS, captures the essence of NeurAlbertaTech’s ethos. An immersive two-week neurotech extravaganza endeavours to inspire novices and seasoned hackers alike. The event is notable for hands-on workshops, real-time challenges, and networking avenues for anyone curious or passionate about the expansive world of neurotechnology.
NeurAlbertaTech is driven by the mission to foster a multifaceted neurotech ecosystem, emphasizing peer learning, industry-academia interactions, and nurturing of innovative projects—realized through a network of programs and educational resources across the calendar.
The non-profit recently received $150,000 from the Alberta Innovates Ecosystem Development Partnerships Program to bolster its programming throughout the province.
“Our investment … will ensure that Alberta is one of the most innovative jurisdictions in Canada,” stated Nate Glubish, minister of technology and innovation.
For those participating in the next hackathon in November, there’s no shortage of incentives. On top of a prize pool, participants benefit from partnerships that offer startup services and access to brain-computer interface hardware.
But it’s not all about competitions and coding. NeurAlbertaTech underscores the importance of advancing a stable career in neurotech or neuroscience through upskilling and networking.
NeurAlbertaTech is supported by local partners including like the Edmonton Regional Innovation Network, ISAIC, and the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, which announced major funding earlier this year.