Bioinformatics Hackathon

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Hackathon artworkThe CDRL Annual Bioinformatics Hackathon is an event that brings the best and brightest together to focus on solving a standing problem in Bioinformatics. This competition aims to ignite people’s imaginations and to spur them into action utilizing both older and modern techniques.

The 2021 Bioinformatics Hackathon will take place April 14-16. The theme of this hackathon is “Mine this Dataset.”


  • Last Date to Register: Sunday, April 4th, 2021
  • Dataset Reveal: 8 AM, April 14th, 2021
  • Inaugural Session: 10 AM, April 14th, 2021
  • First Impressions Session: 3 PM, April 14th, 2021
  • Progress Check In: 12 PM, April 15th, 2021
  • Final Presentations: 2 PM, April 16th, 2021


  1. Teams should consist of 2-4 players
  2. No swapping of teammates will be allowed
  3. Each team will be provided with a dedicated set of tools in a remote high performance cluster environment. No other computing resources will be allowed
  4. Any tools or scripts developed in the process should be released under an open-source compatible license


  • Dr. Robert E. McCullumsmith
  • Dr. Jarek Meller
  • Dr. Rammohan Shukla
  • Dr. Sinead O’Donovan


  • First Prize: $500 and a plaque
  • Second Prize: $300 and a plaque
  • Third Prize: $100 and a certificate
  • Honorable Mentions: A certificate

Every team that participates will get a certificate of participation.

Last Updated: 6/27/22