Waterloo.AI Wildfire Hackathon - Spring 2024

Saturday, May 25, 2024 8:00 am - 6:15 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)
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Wildfire Hackathon 2024

Join us and our Industry host, MAG Aerospace for this exciting wildfire hackathon on Saturday, May 25th. Learn from experts, and don't miss out on this opportunity to flex your data scientist muscles to work with real wildfire data, solve important problems, and win prizes. All experience levels are welcome!

 Saturday, May 25th, 2024

Time: 8:00 AM - 6:15 PM EDT

Location (in-person): B1 271 (Biology 1)

Overview: Wildfires present a challenge for forest management, threatening communities and destroying vast amounts of timber resources, resulting in costly losses. Wildfires are a natural part of the ecosystem and play an important role in maintaining the health and diversity of the forest. Understanding the complex phenomenon of wildland fire in increasingly accurate assessments of the fire situation is helping forest managers reduce fire risk and optimize benefits. 

The hackathon topic will be related to wildfire growth prediction. We will make available data covering several fires on the day of the challenge. A few days before the challenge, we will release a starter kit containing some data and starter code. We highly encourage teams to familiarize themselves with the data and code before the challenge.


  • 8:00 am | Sign in using name/team-name
  • 8:30 am | Breakfast
  • 9:00 am | Guest Speakers
  • 10:00 am | Hackathon Challenge Details
  • 5:00 pm | Hacking Stops + Pizza & Networking
  • 6:00 pm | Judging Ends
  • 6:15 pm | Winners Announced

Registration is now closed as we have reached our maximum capacity. Thank you for the overwhelming response!

Event Sponsors - Wildfire Hackathon 2024
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And a special thanks to The National Research Council of Canada (Canada NRC) for sponsoring the event!