The BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado-Boulder is an interdisciplinary hub for bioscience research and education with a focus on improving human health. Scientists at BioFrontiers are deeply committed to unraveling the complexities of biology through integrating many disciplines, including biology, biochemistry, computer science, chemistry, physics and engineering. BioFrontiers was founded on the premise that great research triumphs, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA, magnetic resonance imaging, and human genome sequencing, are the product of interdisciplinary inquiry and collaboration. Constant ‘productive collisions’ among researchers from a variety of scientific disciplines throughout the University of Colorado’s four campuses (Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs, and the Anschutz Medical Campus) – and with local and national government agencies and industry – are fostered and celebrated.

In the spirit of encouraging bioinformatics-related ‘productive collisions, the BioFrontiers Institute Information Technology (​ BIT​ ) team in collaboration in a community partnership with​ ​ The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)​ , ​ is launching a new, first-of-its-kind​ venture, HackCon2018 (Hackathon + Conference). ​ HackCon will span five days in June 2019 (June 17th-21st) and consist of (1) biotechnology workshops (2) bioinformatics/computational biology conference with plenary, poster, and exhibitor sessions, and (3) collaborative three-day genomics hackathon. In this way, we will deliver a more enriched, technical, and scientific experience for participants during the entire conference.

Sponsors for HackCon​ can be involved in any of the following ways:

● Evening Conference Reception

● Workshops

● Plenary Talks

● Title Lunch sponsorship

● Happy Hour “talks”

● Exhibitor

For sponsors, the BioFrontiers Hackathon provides an excellent opportunity to:

● Propose an idea that your company would like a team to explore

● Showcase your company and its services

● Connect with participants and CU students who might be interested in working for your company

● Promote the importance of computation to the future of bioscience