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QBI Hackathon 2023

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Are you a scientist in life sciences with GBs of exciting imaging (microscopy, cryoEM, MRI, X-Ray, etc.) or mass spec data that you need help processing but don't know how to code? Maybe you want to automatically segment cells/organs/particles or denoise and cluster your data? Maybe see if the deepest of the networks may be useful for your processing? Maybe generate a user-friendly interface for some command line tools you have been using? 

Or Are you a computer scientist with some experience in image processing, ML/DL? Do you love transformers, attention, LLMs, FFTs, SVMs, CNNs, RNNs, topological data processing or just writing code and making beautiful GUIs? Do you find biology fascinating and want to see how YOU can apply your skills to push the current boundaries of biology forward? Come join us at our hackathon!

The QBI hackathon is a 48-hour event connecting the vibrant Bay Area developer community with the scientists from UCSF, UCB and UCSC, during which we work together on cutting edge biomedical problems. Advances in computer vision, AI, and machine learning have enabled computers to pick out cat videos, recognize people’s faces from photos, play video games and drive cars. More recently, application of deep neural nets to protein structure prediction completely revolutionized the field. We look forward to seeing how far we can push science ahead when we apply these latest algorithms to biomedically relevant light microscopy, electron microscopy, and proteomics data. If you love FFTs, transformers, language models, topological data processing, or simply writing code, this is your chance to apply your skills to make an impact on global healthcare. Beyond the actual event, we hope to establish a better connection between talented developers and scientists in the Bay Area, so that we can work together and learn from each other. 

Find out more: https://qbi.ucsf.edu/qbihackathon


Agenda – Saturday, November 4, 2023

9:00 AM – Check in & Light Breakfast
9:30 AM – Opening Remarks
10:30 AM – Hack
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM – Hack
6:00 PM – Dinner
9:00 PM – End of Day 1

Agenda – Sunday, November 5, 2023

9:00 AM – Check in & Light Breakfast
9:30 AM – Hack
12:00 PM – Lunch
4:30 PM – Submit Projects
5:00 PM – Presentations
6:00 PM – Dinner Reception
7:00 PM – End of Day 2

Steps to Participate:

  1. Register on Eventbrite
  2. Create a Gather account
  3. Join the QBI Hackathon on Gather
  4. Please click here to join the QBI Hackathon Slack Workspace. Once you're a member, you may access the workspace via the URL: qbihackathonworkspace.slack.com

After you have registered, you are invited to attend the upcoming mixers to meet other participants before the hackathon: 


October 4, 5:00-7:00 PM – UC Berkeley (Bakar Bioenginuity Hub & Bakar Labs, 2625 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94720)

October 12, 5:00-7:00 PM – UC San Francisco (SF Kebab, 550 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158)

October 17, 5:00-7:00 PM – UC Santa Cruz (UCSC Baskin School of Engineering, 606 Engineering Loop, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 – Room: Engineering-E2-506)

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