Hard-Line, NORCAT to host hackathon in Sudbury

Hard-Line, NORCAT to host hackathon

Hard-Line, an international leader in mine automation, remote-control technology and mine production optimization, is partnering with NORCAT to host the first Hard-Line Machine Learning Hackathon (HLMLH). The special 42-hour event takes place Jan. 17-19 at NORCAT.

"This is a great opportunity to showcase Sudbury as an innovation hub," says Felicia Brunelle, HLMLH organizer and VP of business development at Hard-Line. "The event will also present networking opportunities for those interested in AI, particularly machine learning, giving that community the chance to collaborate and develop solutions to interesting challenges."

Participants will complete two challenges: a supervised learning-based computer vision task and a reinforcement learning-based robotics task.

"This event will provide a unique environment for researchers, students and practitioners of machine learning and artificial intelligence to test and further develop their skills," says Korey MacDougall, Hard-Line’s product development manager.

MacDougall says the hackathon will expose participants to new ideas, techniques and communities.

"As Sudbury’s regional innovation centre, NORCAT is committed to supporting the creation, commercialization and adoption of leading-edge technologies that are transforming industries around the world," Don Duval, NORCAT’s CEO, says. "We are excited to partner with Hard-Line to provide a forum for innovative ideas that will continue to put Sudbury and Northern Ontario on the map."

To learn more, visit hardlinehacks.com.

Article originally published by The Sudbury Star