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[Hackathon] A new EEG cap for children

  • Sparks Hackathon Copenicus EEG

Copernicus Science Centre invites designers, hackers and medical doctors to join for this hackathon on 5-6 August 2017. 

Electroencephalography (EEG) is a powerful diagnostic technique. However, it lacks usage convenience. To precisely position electrodes on the head, traditional EEG caps are slow to adjust and therefore painful to put on. New designs exist but they are not single-use therefore not aseptic – an important requirement concerning devices for new-borns and infants. As a result, availability of EEG as a screening tool (for example for early detection of epilepsy or autism spectrum disorder) is limited.

The challenge of the hackathon is thus to create a new EEG cap for children.

The device to be created should be designed to meet the needs of researchers and provide comfort to children. This means that it is supposed to be: cheap, lightweight, easy to use, fast to assemble, aseptic (disposable?) and built in a scalp friendly material.

The intermediate goal of the hackathon is, by providing a better tool for atypical brain development, to accelerate the pace of research in this area.

For example, such a cap would allow home studies, which would give the chance to look at the trajectory of brain development. Frequent testing even in non-ideal conditions gives more valuable data than a one-time laboratory test.

The initiator of the hackathon is Dr Paweł Szczęsny, biologist from the Institute of Biochemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and president of the Open Science Foundation. The organisers are: Copernicus Science Center and Open Science Foundation as part of  the Sparks project.
The co-operation also includes BabyLAB of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw: Dr hab. Przemysław Tomalski will be one of the jury member of the hackathon. The second jury member will be Joel Murphy, co-founder and president of OpenBCI (Open Brain Computer Interface) platform.

Practical information

5-6 August 2017

Copernicus Science Centre 
ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20,
00-390 Warszawa

Free entrance

Registration form (in Polish)
For more information please contact: Mateusz Pawełczuk 

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Events date: 
Saturday, August 5, 2017 to Sunday, August 6, 2017