A hackathon is a means for bringing talented people together to sit in a room, focus, and solve a problem in the scientific (or other) community. These solutions often come in the form of software written to fill a gap in available tools. Part of solving the problem also includes good documentation and ensuring accessibility for all. Teams usually consist of 5-6 people selected for their particular backgrounds and complementary skill sets. Ideally, at the end, most teams will leave with a publication in progress and a solution to meet the goals defined in their project, or a clear path to future development.
Our hackathon is a little different than most others you may have heard of before. Namely, there is no competition. Each team is working toward its own goal in order to advance science! Most days will consist of a brief gathering each morning with the entire group, followed by time to hack until lunch. Presentations from each team will happen during lunch in order to encour age collaboration and make sure everyone is on track. After lunch, teams go back to hacking until the end of the day (5 or 6PM!). During the evenings there will be opportunities to socialize, network with your peers, and take a load off!
The Hackathon will run from roughly 8:30AM-6PM every day. On the first day, 5/22, we would encourage people to show up early if at all possible (starting at 7:30AM) to ensure that access to appropriate resources is configured and working as expected. If everything is working well, you will have the opportunity to network and meet other attendees.
8:30-4PM Hackathon Time
4-5PM Ben Busby Talk
8:30-6PM Hackathon Time
8:30-4:30PM Hackathon Time
4:30-6PM Final Presentations
Sponsors for the BioFrontiers Institute Hackathon will provide funds for food and beverages for our hacking teams so that they can focus their energy and talent on creating ‘out-of-the-box’ and open source bioinformatics solutions to tackle big clinical and health research challenges. For sponsors, the BioFrontiers Hackathon provides an excellent opportunity to:
For more information about sponsorship, please download our Sponsorship Packet or contact Hilary Furlong, BioFrontiers Institute Senior Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-735-9073