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Coronavirus Hackathon

February 18 - 19, 2020

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SFU Coronavirus Hackathon

Curious about the novel coronavirus that has been in the news? Wondering how worried you should be? Want to learn how researchers estimate the incubation period, transmissibility and other key features of this emerging outbreak? Want to make your own estimates, models, and forecasts and see what you find?

The MAGPIE research group, supported by PIMS and CANSSI, is hosting a hackathon called EpiCoronaHack. Come and join us to explore data analysis, epidemic modelling, inference, and simulation with the available coronavirus data.

All are welcome! But some knowledge of at least one of the following is strongly recommended:
  • Mathematics – ODEs, mathematical modelling
  • Statistics – stochastic models, statistical inference
  • Computing – R, MATLAB, Python or similar
  • Epidemiology, infectious disease modelling or outbreak analysis

Date: Tuesday, February 18 and Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm on Feb. 18; 9:00am – 4:30pm on Feb. 19

  • Sign-in begins at 9:00 AM on Feb. 18, opening talk at 9:30 AM.

Location: Big Data Hub – ASB 10900, CANSSI area, BDH Foyer

Registration: The event is free, but please register at

The MAGPIE research group, led by Caroline Colijn and her research team, is organizing this event. For further information please contact Caroline ( or Lisa McQuarrie (

We would like to thank both PIMS and CANSSI for their support.


February 18 - 9:00 am
February 19 - 4:30 pm


SFU Big Data Hub
8888 University Dr E
Burnaby, BC V5A 4S2 Canada
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