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Presented by HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and Urban Engine Presenting sponsor: Maynard Cooper & Gale

Goal: Inspire creativity through collaboration, and energize the current and next generation of problem-solvers to conceive and construct innovative solutions to biotech challenges.

The Challenges: use an emerging technology such as machine learning, virtual/mixed reality, or blockchain technology and apply it to BioTech and Life Science.

  • Challenge #1: Create an app to visualize and manipulate genomic data using virtual or mixed reality.

  • Challenge #2: Create an app for patients/research participants to view and manipulate their own personalized genomic data.

  • Challenge #3: Use blockchain technology to make medical record and genome data security more accessible to clinicians without violating HIPAA or risking patient data security.

  • Challenge #4: Use machine learning or another emerging technology to estimate the bacterial contamination level of a human next generation sequencing library, including metrics for specific species.
  • Challenge #5: Create a user interface for review of genomic variants that is efficient in working through genomic data (participants will be given variant sets as well as the data used to annotate those variants).

Here is the data for this weekend’s challenge:

More information can be found on our homepage here.


Friday, November 3:
Kickoff meet and greet (optional)
4:30-7:00 PM

Saturday, November 4:
9:00 AM through   

Sunday, November 5:
CODE-FREEZE, All coding stops!

Take this 30 mins to submit your projects to Devpost and github
2:30pm - 3:00pm

Judging and awards
3:00-6:00 PM

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$5,000 in prizes

More than $5000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs!

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Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


High school and college students ages 16 and older, and adults interested in taking on challenges are welcome! There are two categories of teams: high school and college/adult. You don’t have to be a member of a team to sign up. We’ll make sure to get you on one!

How to enter

Click here to register for the event on EventBright

Click here to review agreements and download the legal forms you must fill out to participate.




Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    How much impact (quality and quantity) can this solution have? Does this solution address the problem in a highly significant way?
  • Creativity
    How creative is the team’s approach? Is the solution new? Does the solution represent something that isn't being addressed by the market?
  • Complexity
    How much progress did the team make during the event? Did they start from scratch or build on an existing solution?
  • Product
    How user friendly is the technology? How fully formed/mature is the idea?
  • Presentation
    Did the team effectively communicate their solution? Did they tell the story of the project and why it is important in a compelling way? How well did they respond to questions from judges?

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