Hackathon 2018

Hackathon 2018

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What is Hackathon 2018?

The Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences team and the BioData Innovation Centre are hosting a hackathon in search of the next big idea in health.

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Who is it for?

If you are a postdoc, Ph.D. student, health tech innovator, budding entrepreneur and/or a hackathon enthusiast with a background in genomics, biodata, UX, design, drug development, engineering, ethics and can also bring a patient's perspective, then this event is for you.

What are we hacking?

In a nutshell, we want to create a brighter and healthier future for people all over the world.

This two-day event will provide hackers with an opportunity to creatively and collaboratively address challenges in the sphere of genomes and biodata. You will develop solutions that offer real-world impact while honing your creative, communication and entrepreneurial skills.

Representatives from the Sanger Institute, EMBL-EBI and other healthtech Cambridge companies will be on hand as mentors to help you craft the best pitches and demos.

5 Grand Challenges:

AstraZeneca Challenge: How can we map disease-drug target relationships using artificial intelligence?

Medicines Discovery Catapult Challenge: How can we combine data and genetic testing to intelligently prescribe drugs?

Microsoft Challenge: How can we design a clinical trial around the patient's home?

Open Targets Challenge: How can we predict opportunities to repurpose drugs to treat unmet patient need?

ARM | Cavium* | Atos Challenge: How can we use mobile technology to transform biological data processing?

(NOTE: For this challenge, Cavium will be supplying their most cutting-edge technology that was only recently made public (May 2018.) This will be the first genome hackathon in the world to have access to this technology).

Preparation for the Challenges

Further details and preparatory information will be released to registered hackers on Slack biodatahack2018.slack.com on 22nd June 2018.

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We also plan to give you

• Prizes from our partners for the best pitch/idea
• Food vans, beer and incredible snacks…lots of snacks
• Goodies
• More than a hacking experience this is an opportunity to take your idea to the next level
• Mentors to help perfect your pitch or a demo of your solution
• An inspirational speaker or two to keep energies high

Hackers will work in teams alongside mentors and advisors from a range of Cambridge Cluster companies and organisations and beyond. These advisors will be on hand to coach participants through the steps required to turn a novel idea or technology into a successful business.

Outputs from all teams will be presented on day two of the hackathon, with a range of prizes awarded for innovative solutions and outstanding efforts throughout the event.

Confirmed mentors include:

Uday Phadke, Cartezia

Shai Vyakarnam, Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship

Miranda Weston-Smith, MWS Consulting

Ross Rounsevell, Repositive

Kevin Monserrat, Microsoft Scale-up

Will Spooner, Genomics England

Why take part?

  • Develop core transferable skills and knowledge for enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Build personal networks of your peers as well as entrepreneurs and organisations from the wider Cambridge Cluster
  • Gain insights into the innovation process and the steps required to transform new ideas into business opportunities
  • Have fun and explore new opportunities for career development


Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, CB10 1RQ

The Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences team and the BioData Innovation Centre are hosting a two-day festival style hackathon in search of the next big idea in health.

With thanks to all Hackathon partners

Hackathon 2018 event sponsors

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Spaces are limited to 120 hackers, so don’t miss out, register today. Registrations close on June 19th, 2018.

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