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The goal of these hackathons is to facilitate the assembly of teams of genomics or bioinformatics professionals and software developers to rapidly prototype bioinformatics software: https://f1000research.com/articles/5-672/v2
The structure of the hackathons encourages collaboration across fields of expertise and levels of training (undergraduate through senior developer).
There are only two rules governing the design of the projects:1) Data either must be housed in public data repositories or deposited in such repositories shortly after the hackathon’s conclusion.2) All software comprising the final pipeline must be open-source or open-use.
The NCBI hackathon organizer, Dr. Ben Busby, chooses projects that look promising and follows up with team leaders to discuss the proposed plan in more depth.
Following the solicitation of participants for the hackathon, the team leads select 4–6 people for their teams, plus an alternate.
During the 3 day hackathon, team leads ensure the success of their team by making sure tasks are clearly defined and delegated while incorporating team members’ ideas to accomplish project goals.
All the members of each team contribute to the final documentation for the project, which can include software report manuscripts submitted to journals, as well as markdown or wiki documentation on GitHub.