Project Pitch Applications Now Open: ASBCB Omics Codeathon

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Deadline extended: applications due April 30

The National Institutes of Health Office of Data Science Strategy, in partnership with the African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ASBCB), is pleased to announce a virtual omics-focused codeathon on June 3-6, 2021. The codeathon will take place immediately preceding the ISCB-Africa ASBCB Conference on Bioinformatics June 7-10, 2021, in Central Africa Time (CAT). Applications are due April 30.

Please submit your project pitches here.

What topics are in scope?

This codeathon will focus on genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, epigenomics and the metadata associated with these data types. Projects for pipelines in the analysis and visualization of publicly available data, such as 1000 genomes and data interoperability, are of particular interest. We also welcome projects for tutorial pipelines and educational tools. While not required, you will have access to computational resources in the cloud to turn your idea into a working prototype. Visit this website for examples of previous codeathon projects.

Do I have to lead a team?

You can choose to lead your project team, recommend someone, or we can try to find a suitable team lead. Providing a designated team lead dramatically increases the probability of a project being selected for the codeathon.

Do I need to assemble a team?

No, we will create working groups of 4-7 individuals who have various backgrounds and relevant expertise to work on each project. If you already have people who will want to work with you on your project, please encourage them to apply when the general participant applications are out and let them select your project as their preferred project.

What are my responsibilities as a team lead?

The team lead will coordinate a group of 4-7 people in defining the project and producing a clear vision for developing a solution. To accomplish this goal, the team lead must define and delegate tasks, incorporate team members’ ideas to accomplish the goal, and ensure the team’s success. All participants in the codeathon, including team leads, will need to be present for all days of the codeathon. Please bring a laptop!

What if I only want to participate?

Applications for those who would like to participate in the codeathon will be available in May.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or need more information.

Legal Information 
Participants retain ownership of all intellectual property rights (including moral rights) to the code submitted to and developed in the codeathon. Participants agree to publish the code and any related data on GitHub. 

This page last reviewed on April 6, 2023