#BioHack2022
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Key Timelines
- Applications open: 4th July
- Application close: 31st July
- Review period for applications: 1st to 7th August
- Communication to successful applicants: 8th to 14th August
- #BioHack2022 Hackathon event: 15th August to 11th September (4 weeks)
- Pitching and Prize giving: 12 to 16th September

(These dates are subject to change. All referrals to a time is in SAST.)
What is #BioHack2022?
#BioHack2022 is a community building event that is focused on showcasing African bioinformatics talent by encouraging participants to use their skills to solve 1 out of 3 problem statements in a 4-week long hackathon.

The focus of this event is on the bioinformatics sector due to the growing trend towards ‘techbio’, where computational tools are needed to make sense of the large amounts of complex biological data being generated in the lab.

This hackathon is completely virtual, free and open to anyone on the African continent!
Why you should apply
This is an opportunity to:
- use your hard earned skills and apply it to interesting and relevant problem statements
- get exposure to industry experts who will be your mentors and judges
- opportunity to win cash prizes
Eligibility for participation
This online and free hackathon is open to:
- anyone in Africa who is studying for, or has a university degree in a relevant field. (However, it can be noted that there is a strong preference for people/teams with at least a MSc in Human Genetics, Biotech or Bioinformatics due to the level of the problem statements)
- teams (of up to 3 people only) are welcome to apply or you can enter as an individual. If you are applying as a team, please elect a team lead who will be responsible for submitting one application on behalf of the whole team
- participants who can commit to 4 weeks (part-time) to this event. The event is 4 weeks long so that participation does not interrupt your day-to-day activities dramatically
- participants who have access to a working device and internet connection so that they can work comfortably

(close affiliates, like employees and families, of the organising parties are not eligible to apply)

How to apply for the event
Please apply for the event by logging your interest in this Google form (section 2 of this form).

We have space for a maximum of 15 teams to participate. All applications will go through a blind review process to reduce bias.
Hackathon problem statements
In the application form section, you will be asked to select 1 out of 3 problem statements of your choice, which you will be working on if your application is accepted. Unfortunately this choice can’t be changed once you have submitted your application.

Throughout the hackathon, you will have access to mentors to help guide you in your thinking process.

Only datasets that are in public domain are to be used.
Pitching and Prizes
All participants will pitch their work at the end of the hackathon in the form of a 'demo/pitch day'. Guidance will be provided on how to structure your pitch. Pitching will be live via a zoom webinar that is open to the public. The date for pitching will be communicated to participants closer to the time (expected to be mid-September).

Once all presentations are complete, the judges will evaluate the different projects and will award cash prizes to the top 2 projects. 1st and 2nd place winners will be announced via email.

Prizes:
- 1st Prize : R30 000 cash (approx US $1800)
- 2nd Prize : R20 000 cash (approx US $1200)

(Prizes are awarded per team, not per person.)
What about intellectual property?
#BioHack2022 does *not* retain any licence or any intellectual property rights over any participant’s submission. Any code developed by the participant shall be owned by the participants(s). Participants are responsible for managing the intellectual property rights of their projects. Participants confirm they will not infringe the copyright of any third party. Participants will not hold #BioHack2022 responsible for claims or lawsuits arising out of any injury, illness, or damage.

Partners who made this possible!
Even though biologybycode.com was the organising partner behind this event, this hackathon would not have been possible without the generous and timely support of partners who are committed to building the African biotech and tech start-up ecosystem through their work.

Akili Labs is an innovative biotechnology company pioneering molecular diagnostics to advance the global healthcare system. Based in South Africa with international affiliates, Akili Labs was established after realising the need for easy access to fast-paced diagnostics in healthcare. They have supported this event by helping co-create it, bringing their scientific expertise to the table (e.g. as judges) and sponsoring the cash prizes in this event. Find out more about them here: https://www.akililabs.net/

Founders Factory Africa (FFA) is a corporate-backed investor, venture builder and accelerator on track to build and scale 88+ tech businesses across Africa. FFA operates a unique early-stage investment model that involves leveraging investment partnerships with leading corporates to back promising Founders with cash and expert, hands-on operational support. They have supported this event by sponsoring different parts of the event (e.g. design support, media amplification and a component for prizes). Find out more about them here: https://www.foundersfactory.africa/

CPGR (Centre for Proteomic and Genomic Research) is a non-profit company located in Cape Town, South Africa. They combines state-of-the-art information-rich genomic and proteomic ('omics'​) technologies with bio-computational pipelines to render services and support projects in the life science and biomedical arena in (South) Africa. They have supported this event by coming on-board as expert mentors to guide and support participants as they tackle their problem statements. Find out more about them here: https://www.cpgr.org.za/

African Tech Roundup is a Pan-African media and insights organisation, aka village square, which tracks the progress of Africa’s emerging digital, tech and innovation industries. They have supported this event by coming on-board as media partner, amplifying the reach of this event and showcasing the story of biotech in Africa.  Find out more about them here: https://www.africantechroundup.com/

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