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hackseqRNA: COVID-19 Ultra-Hackathon

May 22 - 24, 2020

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0: immediate collaboration. today – may 21

A_ Contribute a SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 research project idea.

B_ Sign up as a participant and contribute to a hackseq project immediately.

C_ Sign up as a ‘Bioinformatician for Good’ and get contacted when a COVID-19 research team needs a specialist.

1: sprints. april 4th, may 2nd.

We will host several 1-day coding ‘sprints’ to develop hackseqRNA projects and lay the ground-work for research efforts.

2: hackathon. may 22 – 24

With the ground-work laid out, we will make a unified final push over a 72-hour hackathon to bring each project to completion. Teams will be ‘set’ for this period to allow a dedicated and sustained effort to bring each project to fruition.

Key Dates

  • March 23: Project + Participant recruitment open
  • April 4th: Sprint 1
  • May 2nd: Sprint 2
  • May 4th: Project submissions close
  • May 8th: Hackathon team assignments
  • May 22 – 24: Final hackathon



100% DIY

  • Pitch an idea.

  • Form a team.

  • Hack a solution together.

hackseq is a peer-led hackathon, you propose the projects and we help you recruit a team of interdisciplinary scientists and developers to turn your idea into a reality.

We are currently focusing on high-risk, high-reward research projects on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19. Pitch your problem and we’ll help you make it a reality. We also are accepting current COVID-19 projects looking to recruit additional computational help.

Together, we’re collaborating to bring together world-class RNA biologists, bioinformaticians, statisticians and computer scientists for our most pressing hackathon. Teams may range from 3-20 people, development is ongoing and will end with a 72 hour hackathon to develop cutting-edge software, pioneer RNA analysis pipelines, and build digital infrastructure to fight the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Questions? Want to know if your idea a good fit? Shoot us an {email}.


May 22 - 8:00 am
May 24 - 5:00 pm