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09 May 2014

2014 Spring Hackathon Outcome

We had a great hackathon event this past weekend. This was our third hackathon, and it resulted in the most hackers, the most hacks, and the most productive environment yet. Even if you could not attend, I hope the videos and photographs below help you to understand NuPIC better by example.

Below, you’ll find the following:

NuPIC Spring 2014 Hackathon

Jeff's fireside chat with hackers.

Big thanks to Pinger, who graciously donated their space to us for the event!

NuPIC Spring 2014 Hackathon

The Pinger offices, from across 2nd street in downtown San Jose.

The hackathon brought in attendees from all over the world. We started at 10AM on Saturday with a kickoff presentation, helped people get NuPIC installed, then held several informational sessions throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were served.

NuPIC Spring 2014 Hackathon

Hackers mingled while grabbing some food.

NuPIC Spring 2014 Hackathon

Hackers gonna hack.

Testimonials

Everyone seemed to have a great time, and most people stuck around through the event (sans some sleep time!) to see the demos at the end.

NuPIC Spring 2014 Hackathon

Raise your hand if you love the NuPIC community!

Kickoff

Kickoff

Matt Taylor & Jeff Hawkins

Where hackers are welcomed to the hackathon, protocol is reviewed, and ideas are brainstormed.

Sessions

Just like last hackathon, we had several presentations from NuPIC engineers for hackathon participants to attend, if wanted. You can also view them all in this playlist.

Beginner's Guide to NuPIC

Beginner's Guide to NuPIC

Scott Purdy

A detailed introduction to the components of NuPIC. Includes encoders, the spatial pooler, and swarming. Contains live code running in an iPython Notebook, which is included as a reference.

Anomaly Detection in CLA

Anomaly Detection in CLA

Subutai Ahmad

Subutai talks about how anomaly detection works in NuPIC, as well as how Grok processes NuPIC's anomaly scores to provide better "anomaly likelihood" values.

Temporal Pooling Fireside Chat with Jeff Hawkins

Temporal Pooling Fireside Chat with Jeff Hawkins

Jeff Hawkins

Jeff sits down for an up-close-and-personal discussion about his ideas about temporal pooling. Attendees ask him questions as he describes his theories on the whiteboard.

CLA as Implemented in NuPIC

CLA as Implemented in NuPIC

Chetan Surpur

Numenta engineer Chetan Surpur goes into great detail about the implementations of the spatial and temporal poolers in NuPIC.

The State of NuPIC

The State of NuPIC

Matt Taylor

Matt talks about how far we've come as an open source project in the past year, the current state of NuPIC, and plans for the future.

Demos

We had a lot of demos at this hackathon! In addition to the full playlist of all our hackathon demonstrations, I’ve broken out each hack below with further information about the participants and source code (if available).

NuPIC Critic

NuPIC Critic

Matt Taylor

An attempt to get NuPIC to report anomalies when the characteristics of audio input changes.

NuPUCK

NuPUCK

Steve Levis

Steve incorporated NuPIC into the TuxPuck program to help control a player against an AI adversary.

SatPIC

SatPIC

Shashwat Kandadai and Andrew Morrison

An attempt to configure NuPIC to predict the orbit of a satellite.

Angry Bots in AI World

Angry Bots in AI World

Craig Quiter

Craig trains NuPIC to play a first person shooter.

Cerebro 2

Cerebro 2

Chetan Surpur and Jeff Fohl

A platform for showing visualizations of a CLA model, which includes a 3D display of both spatial pooler and sequence memory components.

NuPIC in the Cloud

NuPIC in the Cloud

Austin Marshall

An easy point-and-click solution to deploying NuPIC within AWS.

Predictive Web Browser

Predictive Web Browser

Julie Pitt

Julie hooks up NuPIC to analyze web browser history to predict which website domain you'll be navigating to next.

Back Seat Driver

Back Seat Driver

Marcus Lewis

Explores the space of how NuPIC might help analyze events streams in client-based software. In this case he analyzes events coming from Internet Explorer.

SP+JS+MNIST

SP+JS+MNIST

Ian Danforth

Ian shows off some visualizations in JavaScript of the spatial pooler and applies it to the MNIST handwriting recognition data set.

Coachella

Coachella

Paulin Andurand, Antoine Chkaiban

The goal was to mix different types of data about the same concept (words) and feed them into the CLA.

Say What?

Say What?

Matt Roos, Will Gray Roncal, Dean Kleissas

Analyzing speech data (TIMIT), trying different experiments to try to use NuPIC to predict male vs female speakers. Also explored different representations of the audio signal to see what works best with NuPIC.

Famous

Famous

Francisco Webber, Soeren, and Erik from CEPT.

Trying to teach NuPIC to understand complex word associations with CEPT word SDRs.

Single-Entry Multifactor Authentication

Single-Entry Multifactor Authentication

Wade Hought

Wade uses NuPIC to try help with authentication not only by the password entered, but also the characteristics of the keystrokes entered.

Moksha

Moksha

Sergey and Mohamed

An interesting hack using NuPIC to identify anomalous behavior using Facebook check-ins.

This was our most successful hackathon yet. Thanks to everyone who participating in the event, helped out with the planning and execution, and even for those of you watching the videos now. I hope you’ll considering attending our next hackathon!


Matt Taylor
Open Source Community Flag-Bearer
Numenta, Inc.

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By the way! You can see all the videos and photos taken at this hackathon on our YouTube channel and Flickr page.