GM Canada is Looking For Hackers…

Earlier today GM Canada and Ryerson University announced the first ever hackathon sponsored by GM in the Great White. 

Called hackAI, the event will take place on June 24 and 25 at the Sandbox by DMZ, Ryerson’s digital incubator, and will focus on using artificial intelligence to enhance the driving experience.

Teams, consisting of 2-4 members each, will work to create a virtual assistant, pushing the boundaries today’s AI, attempting to change the way our vehicles interact with us.

At the end of the two-day competition, teams will present their solutions to a panel of industry-leading judges who will award the winning team with $3,000 CAD.

“The future is going to be AI driven and it will impact all of our lives,” said Ted Graham, head of open innovation, GM Canada. “Events like hackAI are the perfect platform to engage with an ecosystem of current and future entrepreneurs and foster out-of-the-box ideas. We’re looking forward to connecting with future talent as we continue to fulfill our mandate of growing 1,000 engineer and software developers in the areas of autonomous vehicle software & controls development, active safety and vehicle dynamics technology, infotainment and connected vehicle technology.”

“AI is creating a level of connectivity in the automotive industry that promises to bring major benefits to manufacturers and consumers alike,” said Abdullah Snobar, executive director of the DMZ. “While AI automotive applications that involve driverless cars receive the most attention, our hackAI event will enable participants to explore and test what other innovations can drive this evolving market.”

“We are excited for the unique opportunity to bring AI-based innovation together with real automotive challenges,” says Alan Lysne, Managing Director of Ryerson Futures. “Along with GM and our partners, we welcome teams from a variety of industries to develop solutions collaboratively and effectively.”

Approximately 150 participants, judges and industry leaders are expected to show up.