Following the success of the ELIXIR BioHackathon2018 and BioHackathon2019, and building on the BioHackathons organised by National Bioscience Database Center (NBDC) and Database Center for Life Science (DBCLS), we are planning to run BioHackathon2020 in Barcelona on 9th-13th Nov 2020. We hope to build on our success and encourage more ELIXIR and non-ELIXIR participants to take part and also have industry engagement.

Going virtual

This year, we bring you the BioHackathon in a virtual fashion. This 9-13 November, we will put online platforms to the test to bring you a fun and productive event — we will be using Remo & SLACK!

We believe the new format will allow everyone to participate in the BioHackathon and deliver tangible outcomes from the selected projects.

While the BioHackathon is going virtual, seats are limited and registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t miss your chance to attend this year and register before 18 September 2020.


BioHackathon activities are driven by practical sessions where people gather, discuss, and implement ideas/projects during intensive and productive coding sessions. The topics will be aligned to challenges proposed by ELIXIR platforms (data, tools, compute, interoperability and training), ELIXIR communities (Human Data, Rare Diseases, Marine Metagenomics, Plant Science, Metabolomics and Proteomics), and a set of common challenges proposed by the sister BioHackathon organised in Japan.


  • Advance the development of an open-source infrastructure for data integration to accelerate scientific innovation. We will focus on technology implementations such as FAIR, identifiers, metadata standards, ontologies and metadata catalogues that support the operations across ELIXIR platforms (Compute, Data, Interoperability, Tools, and Training)
  • Engage the technical people in the bioinformatics community inside and outside ELIXIR to work together on topics of common interest aligned to ELIXIR activities
  • Strengthen the interactions with ELIXIR platforms and communities to establish and reinforce collaborations through hands-on programming activities.

Expenses and funding

Registration for the BioHackathon is free.



New developments

  • Integrating prototypes, proof-of-concept proposals or drafts into production

Existing developments and resources

  • Testing new versions
  • Gathering information for new features
  • Reaching out to new users
  • improving awareness

Personal and community building

  • Learning collaboratively with peers
  • Sharing interests to organise or grow communities

Hacking Topics

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Industry engagement

People from diverse companies are encouraged to participate. If you have any questions, for example regarding the scope of the event, contact Kathi Lauer (ELIXIR Industry Officer)

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