Event Will Begin in:



March 8-11 @ Columbia University in NYC

The first hackathon to bring together neuroscientists, computer scientists, designers, hackers, and enthusiasts like you. What neurotech-powered interaction will you bring to the MetaVerse?



March 2-3 @ Zoom

We are thrilled to invite you to our online pre-hackathon workshop designed to prime your success at the upcoming Neureality Hackathon.

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Work With g.tec Unicorn EEG

Saturday, March 2, 11 AM - 1 PM, EST

Use PhysioLabXR to Build BCIs

Saturday, March 2, 3 - 4:30 PM, EST

Build XR App with Unity Platform

Sunday, March 3, 11 AM - 1 PM, EST




Tying text in VR is hard, can you type with your thoughts?
  • Create a BCI-enabled interface for text input.
  • Build off the state-of-the-art BCI spellers.
  • How faster and accurate can you push for?



Train yourself to cast spells with your brain power (literally)!
  • Design a BCI to play our VR game.
  • Make to the leaderboard, can you beat the final boss?
  • Compete with neural witches and wizards from other team to earn bonus points!



Reveal amazing secrets of the brain with an additional dimension!
  • Design challenge for everyone, especially designers and artists.
  • Turn complex neuroimaging data into stunning VR visualizations.
  • Your paint is the brain, your brush is VR. Show us the unexplored neural universe!


Bring Yours

Transform your idea into reality!
  • Unleash your creativity with your own project melding neurotech and VR.
  • From visionary apps to immersive games, educational tools, and the beyond.
  • Impress with innovation, execution, and transformative potential.
  • Dare to dream, and redefine how we interact with tech!


Professional Development

Neureality is a platform for students to explore their passion in the neurotech and VR/AR industries. Through keynotes, workshops, and mentorship, we foster a community of learning and collaboration, connecting participants with peers, future start-up cofounders and seasoned veterans in the field.

Hands-On Experience

The first-of-its-kind hackathon offers practical hands-on experience with both neurotech and VR/AR technologies. Participants create impactful projects with cut-edging gadgets, enhancing their skills and contributing to their professional portfolios.

Build for the Future

Your ideas and projects shape the future of our relationship with tech. Participants create new applications and solutions that can transform the way we interact with the digital and physical worlds. Our goal is to cultivate a forward-thinking mindset, where the boundaries of what's possible are constantly pushed forward.


Pre-hackathon Workshops

Time Activity Host
March 2, 11 AM - 1 PM Work with g.tec Unity EEG Michele Romani @g.tec
March 2, 3 - 4:30 PM Use PhysiolabXR to Build BCIs Haowen 'John' Wei
March 3, 11AM -1PM Build XR App with Unity Platform Ziyao Gao

Friday 3.8

Time Activities Host Location
5:15 PM Opening Reception Everyone Carleton Commons
5:30 PM Hackathon Overview Leo Li @Columbia Davis Auditorium
5:35 PM Track Reveals Nikolas Papadopoulos @Columbia Davis Auditorium
6:30 PM Track Selection and Team Speed Dating Everyone Carleton Commons
6:50 PM Finalize your team Everyone Davis Auditorium
7:30 PM Keynote Talk Section: “Using Virtual Reality to Study Decision-Making in the Human Brain” Paul Sajda @Columbia Davis Auditorium
7:30-8 PM Keynote Talk Section: The new Holodeck: A Vision for Spatial Problem-Solving Valentin Heun @PTC Davis Auditorium
8:00-8:30 PM Dinner Available Everyone Carleton Commons
8:30-9:30 PM Q&A session with each hacking track chair Haowen Wei, Xinran Shi, Ziwen Xie, Bettina, Andy @Columbia Carleton Commons
9:30-10:30 PM Hardware Distribution & Neurotech Workshop: How to run a Real-time BCI Application Michele Romani, Fan Cao @g.tec Davis Auditorium
9:30-10:30 PM Hardware Distribution & Virtual Reality Workshop with Meta Quest Ben yang @Columbia DCarleton Commons
10:30 PM Workspace Closed Everyone Carleton Commons

Saturday 3.9

Time Activities Host Location
7:30 AM Breakfast Available Everyone Carleton Commons
9-10 AM Neurotech Workshop: Unicorn Brain Interface Demonstration with Unity Game Interface Michele Romani, Fan Cao @g.tec Davis Auditorium
9-10 AM Hardware Distribution & Neurotech Workshop: How to run a Real-time BCI Application Michele Romani, Fan Cao @g.tec Davis Auditorium
10-10:30 AM Keynote Talk Section: Current and future applications of Brain-Computer Interfaces Christoph Guger @g.tec Davis Auditorium
10:30-11 AM Keynote Talk Section: Cueing and Precueing Action in XR Steve Feiner @Columbia Davis Auditorium
11 AM Hacking Begins Everyone Carleton Commons
Noon Lunch Available Everyone Carleton Commons
6:00 PM Dinner Available Everyone Carleton Commons
10:00 PM Workspace Closed Everyone Carleton Commons

Sunday 3.10

Time Activities Host Location
8:00 AM Breakfast Available Everyone Carleton Commons
10:30 AM Keynote Talk Section: The Convergence of Implicit Brain-Computer Interfaces and Reality-Based Interaction Erin Solovey @WPI Davis Auditorium
Noon Lunch Available Everyone Carleton Commons
6:00 PM Dinner Available Everyone Carleton Commons
9:00 PM Submit your deliverables! You can still work on demos and presentations. Everyone Carleton Commons
10:00 PM Workspace Closed Everyone Carleton Commons

Monday 3.11

Time Activities Host Location
8:00 AM Breakfast Available Everyone Carleton Commons
9 AM Demos and Presentations Everyone Davis Auditorium
11 AM Peer and Staff Voting Everyone Davis Auditorium
Noon Award Ceremony & CLosing Everyone Davis Auditorium

Keynote Speakers


Paul Sajda

  • Columbia University Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Radiology(Physics); Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Director of Laboratory for Intelligent Imaging and Neural Computing

Steven K. Feiner

  • Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University
  • Director of Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Lab

Christoph Guger

  • Founder and CEO of g.tec
  • visit website at www.gtec.at and www.unicorn-bi.com.
  • Find more information about spring school at https://www.gtec.at/spring-school-2024/

Erin T. Solovey

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Valentin Heun

  • VP of Innovation Engineering at PTC
  • Research focuses on new computer interaction methods for the physical space


Columbia Engineering
Columbia Biomedical Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Neureality Hackathon?

The Neureality Hackathon is a unique event focusing on the intersection of neurotech and virtual reality. It aims to bring together students and professionals from diverse fields to collaborate and innovate.

When and where will the hackathon take place?

The hackathon is scheduled for March 8-11. Specific venue details will be provided closer to the date.

Who can participate?

The event is open to everyone! Whether you are students, professionals, and enthusiasts in the fields of neurotechnology, virtual reality, and any disciplines. Or if you're a developer, a designer, an artist, an engineer, or an innovator, you're welcome to participate!

Is there a registration fee for the Neureality Hackathon

No, there is no registration fee. The Neureality Hackathon is completely free to participate in. We believe in making this innovative event accessible to everyone interested in the fields of neurotech and virtual reality.

How do I register

To begin the registration process, please fill out the interest form. Once official registration opens, we will notify you via email if you are selected to participate, you'll receive a link to the final registration form. In the event you are waitlisted, we will also inform you and provide further instructions as needed.

What should I bring to the hackathon

Participants should bring their laptops, chargers, and any other devices they might need for designing, coding, and development. If you have specific hardware or software you prefer to work with, feel free to bring that as well. We provide neuroimaging (EEG, EMG, etc.) and VR hardware.

Will there be any prizes or awards

Yes, the hackathon will feature various prizes for outstanding projects. Details about the awards will be announced during the event.

How will teams be formed

We will host a team formation session at the beginning of the event. Plus you are free to form the team before the hackathon. One way to meet potential teammates is to join our Slack channel and introduce yourself.

How can I register to be a mentor at the hackathon

We greatly value the contributions of mentors in guiding participants through the hackathon. If you are interested in being a mentor, please fill out our mentor interest form, and we will be in touch. We welcome experienced professionals from fields related to neurotech and virtual reality who are eager to share their knowledge and expertise.

How can my company or organization register to be a sponsor

Your support as a sponsor is crucial to the success of the Neureality Hackathon. Please fill out our sponsor interest form, or contact us directly at zihengleoli@cs.columbia.edu. We offer various sponsor packages and would be happy to discuss how your company or organization can be a part of this unique and exciting event.