Hackathons

The BD2K Centers-Coordination Center is soliciting proposals to organize BD2K-related hackathons (or “code fests”) as a Consortium activity to promote key technologies. A successful application will be reimbursed for up to $3,000!

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to organize and host your own hackathon, please see our funding announcement document for more information.

Applications will be accepted for the following deadlines:

  • August 31, 2016 (for events held between November 2016 and April 2017)
  • February 28, 2017 (for events held between May 2017 and October 2017)
  • August 31, 2017 (for events held between November 2017 and April 2018)

If you are planning to host a hackathon, please see our list of BD2K Hackathon Best Practices.

Please submit your hackathon proposal (2 pages maximum) to hackathons@bd2kccc.org.

Please direct all questions and inquiries to hackathons@bd2kccc.org.

Past Hackathons
We are proud to have helped support the following hackathons. Please check out the event recaps and discover new projects that interest you.

  • 1st BD2K 3rd Network of BioThings Hackathon
    Held at The Scripps Reseach Institute in San Diego, California from May 7-9, 2015. Read the post-event recap here.
  • 2nd BD2K 4th Network of BioThings Hackathon
    Held at Stanford University from November 18-20, 2015. Read the post-event recap here.
  • Hacking Cancer, a three day event hosted by Seven Bridges, was held in Cambridge, Massachusetts from April 1st to 3rd. Please see the official site for more information.
  • The Heart-Bits hackathon was held at the ISHR World Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina on April 20th. Read the post-event recap here.
  • The theme of the Cytomining Hackathon (hosted by the Broad Institute) on May 10-12, 2016 was to develop novel methods for morphological profiling. A total of 28 attendees including postdoctoral associates, computational biologists, and software engineers met at the Broad Institute for two days for this Hackathon. For more information about the Hackathon, click here.
  • The Causal Discovery Datathon (hosted by the CCD) on June 13-17, 2016 had 40 attendees with five submissions from one or more individuals, utilizing Tetrad, command-linetools, R packages, and Docker instants to perform analysis. Three trainees were awarded with travel support. More information about the Datathon can be found here.
  • The Sequence-Structure Hackathon at ISCB 2016 (July 8-12, 2016) had 25 total participants and generated 6 software tools. Source codes for these tools are deposited on GitHub. Organizers and attendees reflected on learning how to break down technical and social barriers to integrate software packages, and enjoyed learning in a diverse knowledge and skill set environment. For more information, click here.
  • Brainheck Vienna’s theme was “reliability and reproducibility in connectomics” and included five invited lectures in addition to open hacking time, during which attendees created at least 9 original projects, and an “unconference” section for presentations. The event was hosted by the Child Mind Institute on September 18-20, 2016. For more information, click here.
  • The GA4GH Hackathon (hosted by the BDTG) was embedded in the American Society for Human Genetics meeting. For more information, checkout this link.
  • Brainhack LA was attended by 45 individuals from around the world including ~50% trainees. The theme of the event was “big data tool for connectomics”. The event resulted in seven finalized projects. Overall feedback of Brainhack LA suggested it was an excellent opportunity to collaborate and network on a big data project. For more information, click here.