IEEE Vancouver Kinect and Structure Sensor Hackathon


"IEEE Vancouver Joint Computing Chapter": and the "BCIT School of Computing and Academic Studies": are excited to announce that Microsoft and Occipital are co-sponsoring a hackathon in Vancouver on November 8th!

This workshop gives students, faculty, and other attendees full access to experts from both Occipital and the Microsoft Kinect team and enables them to focus on creating something using the "Kinect for Windows v2":, "Structure Sensor":, or both! Come hack a project together over a 28-hour period and work solo or in teams (max five people per team).

You are encouraged to bring your own computer or mobile device*, but there will be plenty of Surface Pros, Kinect for Windows v2 sensors, and Structure Sensors for teams to borrow and use at the event.

This event will be held at BCIT. We are still working out the details on start time and agenda but plan for the event to be all day on Saturday, November 8th and wrap up in the afternoon on Sunday, November 9th.

All information will be made available on the registration website before registration opens.

+Space is limited+ to the first 100 people who register. There will be a $20 registration fee to cover the cost of food. Students may register for $10 (must present current student ID).

Programming and coding experience is not required to attend or qualify. At the beginning of the hackathon you will have the opportunity to pitch your application idea to recruit other attendees to join your team. You can let the audience know that you are looking for someone with technical programing knowledge to be part of your team. Having a good idea and a compelling pitch can help draw the right person. We typically keep the pitches short – about 2 minutes. You should be able to convey your idea and recruit another attendee/s.

We don’t want you to feel discouraged due to technical programing experience. A hackathon is successful because of the mix of talents and skills – We hope to see you there and let us know if you have any questions.


Date/Time: November 8, 10:00 am to November 9, 2:00 pm
Venue: BCIT Burnaby Campus, SE2, Townsquare A/B
Fees: $20/person, or $10/student (with current student ID);
Objectives: To create an interactive software project in a 28-hour timeframe using Kinect or Structure Sensor. Focus is to learn and to have fun.
Format: Work solo or work with team of up to 5
Skills required: No need of prior experience using Kinect or Structure sensors. Knowing Windows programming like C# would help.
Food: Meals will be provided
SWAG: Tee-shirt for each participant
Prizes: For the top 3 hacks, including cash and hardware
Support: 6 Kinect and Structure Sensor technical experts will provide guidance and support
Hardware: A number of Surface Pro 2s, Kinects, and Occipital's Structure Sensors will be available to use

Hosts: IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Vancouver Section, and BCIT School of Computing and Academic Studies

Sponsors: Microsoft and Occipital

|{background:#ddd}. *Running the Kinect for Windows v2 SDK requires Windows 8/8.1, an i5 or better processor, a DirectX 11 capable GPU, and USB 3.0. The Structure SDK is iOS only and requires Xcode 5 and a compatible iOS device (A5X or better processor and Lightning port). Developing with the Structure Sensor is also possible on Windows, Android, Linux or OSX using OpenNI2.|

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  • Start time: 08 Nov 2014 10:00 AM
  • End time: 09 Nov 2014 02:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) America/Vancouver
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  • 3700 Willingdon Avenue
  • Burnaby, British Columbia
  • Canada V5G 3H2
  • Building: SE02
  • Room Number: 212A/B (Town Square A/B)
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  • Stephen Makonin, Chair of the IEEE Vancouver Joint Computing Chapter
  • Co-sponsored by BCIT School of Computing and Academic Studies
  • Starts 15 October 2014 08:00 AM
  • Ends 07 November 2014 11:55 PM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) America/Vancouver
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|Sat, Nov 8|>. 10:00am |Introductions |

| | | Share ideas and form teams|

| |>. 11:30am |Hacking starts |

|Sun, Nov 9|>. 12:00pm |Hacking stops |

| | | Teams demo projects |

| | | Prizes awarded |

| |>. 2:00pm |Event ends |