07 February 2020

BioHack 2020

Bioinformatics Hackathon BioHack 2020


BioHack is a hackathon for teams of biologists and programmers to solve applied problems in the field of bioinformatics for 48 hours – a joint project of the international IT company ERAM and the Institute of Bioinformatics. 


In 2020, the hackathon will be held for the fourth time.

The hackathon is scheduled for March 27 – 29, 2020. 

Hackathon goals:

  • popularization of bioinformatics in Russia
  • interdisciplinary communication of young specialists in technical and biological fields
  • formation of the bioinformatic community in St. Petersburg
  • development of promising ideas and IT solutions in the field of biology and modern medicine.

Details about the event:

  • the hackathon lasts 48 hours: from Friday to Sunday
  • the size of the teams is from 3 to 5 people
  • the final distribution by teams is on the opening day of the hackathon after the project presentations
  • the organizers provide all participants with full meals, comfortable working conditions and round-the-clock access to the site.

Biologists, doctors, programmers and mathematicians interested in bioinformatics are invited to participate in the hackathon.

The competitive selection of participants is based on applications submitted before March 5, 2020.

Requirements for participants

  • be able to program and/or have knowledge in the field of biology
  • study at the middle or senior courses of bachelor's degree, master's degree, postgraduate degree or already have a higher education
  • write in the application why you want to participate in the hackathon – this will affect the selection result if the number of applicants is more than the declared places
  • choose the declared project or register your own.

If you have an interesting project for a hackathon, the organizers will be happy to consider it. Applications with a description of the project are accepted until February 28, 2020.

Project requirements

  • project topics from any field of bioinformatics and related fields
  • ideally, both biologists and programmers will be present in each team – it is desirable that knowledge from both fields is needed to solve the problem
  • the project must have a clearly defined goal and clear completion conditions so that the team can complete the project within the specified time
  • the project should have a manager who will present the task at the opening of the hackathon (1-2 minute presentation of the project) and will be able to supervise the work of the participants, preferably throughout the event.

You can register the project until February 28, 2020

All participants will receive memorable gifts from the organizers.

According to the results of the expert vote, the four best team projects will share the prize fund.

Full information is available on the website hackathon.

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