Presented by HudsonAlpha Institute for BiotechnologyUrban Engine, and Acclinate Genetics

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: Target Locked
Make the life of a genomic data analyst a little more enjoyable by building a tool that can complete real time searches, prioritizations, and digests of the academic literature needed to support the diagnosis of rare disease. Bring your best weapons, as this challenge requires both precision and accuracy.

Challenge 2: All in the Family
You may not have known about your cousin’s early onset Alzheimer’s, but your second cousin, once removed did. Family history is only as good as the person providing it, but building the tools in this challenge will make it better by connecting family history data from seemingly unrelated individuals into super-family structures and calculating the confidence for each connection.

Challenge 3: Make it Pop!
Genome analysis requires much more than staring at A, T, C and G combinations on a screen. Visualization of gene data comes in many different forms and they are displayed differently based on the type. A keen eye, solid data management, and a beautifully artistic mind will be needed to create tools to combine the visualization of many different genetic changes into one view.

Challenge 4: Get Moving
Your mother got wrecked snowboarding this winter and has some lasting lower back pain. Although your mom is now a YouTube star for becoming a human snowball, she wants some relief for her pain and wants to have fun while doing it. Join efforts with the CFD Research team to integrate wearable sensors into a video game that your mom will love to play and provides her the physical therapy she needs.

For more information and full challenge description please checkout out our Full Participant Guide


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!

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$5,000 in prizes

High School - First Place

High School - Second Place

College / Professional - First Place

College / Professional - Second Place

College / Professional - Third Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




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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