Featured image: Postdoc Max Speicher, RA Raden Tonev, and Professor Michael Nebeling wearing 3 of our 4 Microsoft HoloLens AR headsets.

Update: I haven’t finalized my schedule, but the most likely time for student hackathons in Fall 2017 will be Mondays or Fridays 2-5pm.

If you’re interested in participating in these student hackathons, please feel free to join our MCommunity list.

As we are getting ready for the next semester, I wanted to announce here that I will again host weekly student design jams (or hackathons) in my research lab starting in September 2017.

Hackathons are weekly 3 hour blocks (most likely on Mondays or Fridays 2-5pm) for students to work on user interface research and design challenges, and this is typically done in teams (no need to come in teams, we will formulate teams at the hackathons). Sometimes design challenges continue over multiple weeks, and it happens rather frequently that students end up doing a research project with me based on some of the initial hackathon ideas.

Previous hackathons revolved around voice-based assistants using Amazon Echo and Google Home, multi-modal interaction using Kinect and Leap Motion, and cross-device interfaces using the lab’s own technologies. For the next semester, there will be new design challenges around these same topics, but there will also be a new emphasis on augmented reality interfaces.

The lab has recently obtained 4 Microsoft HoloLens devices that students will have access to and will be encouraged to use in their projects. Again, we also have new technologies developed in the lab’s research, and my goal is to drive these technologies forward with the help of students and these hackathons.