The term hackathon is a portmanteau of “hacking” and “marathon”; traditionally, it is an event where people gather to collaboratively work on projects over the course of multiple days.
While hackathons have traditionally been more attended by those with programming experience, we are very committed to create an event that will be more welcoming for all.
In particular, please consider joining if you have little to no programming experience: there are many ways to contribute and we would be very pleased to benefit from your skills! In fact, our hope is that many projects will not involve coding.
We are also very committed to creating a welcoming environment for newcomers who attend a hackathon for the first time. We will provide opportunities to learn new open science skills in the Traintrack and the possibility to directly practice some of those skills by joining and collaborating on a Hacktrack project.
Hackathons are a great way to learn new skills that will be useful in your every day work as a researcher. Beyond that, hackathons are also an opportunity to meet, collaborate and exchange best practices with members of the community.
The OHBM Brainhack is the hackathon facilitated by the OHBM Open Science Special Interest Group (OS-SIG). This event typically gathers students, engineers, medical doctors and researchers in brain research to learn and collaborate. The event usually takes place the 3 days preceding the annual OHBM meeting.
An OHBM Brainhack has 2 components: a Traintrack which is a series of workshops, tutorials and demos where you can learn new skills and a Hacktrack where you can propose a project you need help with, or help others with their project.
Some of you, might have heard about “hackathons” in which teams compete to achieve a predefined goal, sometimes by working extreme hours for a couple of days. The Brainhack hackathons instead strive for collaboration, co-learning and inclusivity. We design those events so that everyone can join and 24 hour availability is not a requirement.
The OHBM Brainhack will be happening from the 16th to the 18th of June, 2021.
The main conference and the OHBM Brainhack are separate events and you can choose to register for Brainhack only.
You do not need to be an OHBM member to register and the price of registration will be the same regardless of your membership status.
If you reside and/or work in a country ranked 'lower middle' or 'low' on the World Bank's country income list, or if you do not have funding available to cover the registration, please email us with the details and we will send you a coupon code.
There is none.
We may have limits in terms of maximum participants, but we will keep you updated.
This year the OHBM Brainhack will be a fully virtual event.
A brainhack is very different from a regular conference. We want to make it easier for new-comers to join by pairing them with a “mentor” with whom they can meet during the Brainhack to discuss their experience and any questions they may have. If this is your first hackathon, we will contact you once you have registered.
Anyone registered to Brainhack can submit a project to the project pool. It might be either a project you are already working on and would like help with or a completely new project you would like to start.
You can if you want, but equally you could also follow the Traintrack; or participate in an existing project; or a mix of all those!
It is true that a lot of Brainhack projects in the past have included some coding but we hope to see many non-coding projects this year! In the past, we had for example a project to develop GDPR-compliant guidelines for collecting consent from participants in brain imaging study.
Projects facilitating collaboration, openness, and reproducibility within the open neuroscience community are especially welcome.
You can find some examples in this non exhaustive list:
And for a listing of previous hackathon events and access to their projects, there are all listed on the Brainhack global website.
First please register to the Brainhack. You can then submit a project here. We will ask you to provide some information about your project in order to advertise it and help onboarding new members.
If you have any questions on the way of submitting your project, a dedicated project monitor will be here to guide you.
In order to keep things to a manageable size, we hope to limit the number of projects to maximum 25 per hub. If the topic of your submitted project is close to another submission, your project monitor might recommend that you consider creating a joint project.
We will close project submission before the Brainhack starts, but we recommend you send a draft submission earlier than that so our project monitors have time to guide you through the project set up.
You don't have to work on an open dataset.
It can make things easier in practice but there are other ways that data sharing can be facilitated within a project group without making the data public.
You can check if your institution provides some solution in terms of data repository.
Depending on the data size you could either create a private project on OSF or use GIN, but we do not recommend using Dropbox, Google drive or similar cloud based solution to share potentially sensitive data.
Finally remember that not all attendees might have broadband internet so be careful that downloading the dataset will not turn into a bottleneck for participants.
In the weeks leading up to the Brainhack, project leaders will submit a description of their project. The projects will be listed on our Github repository and on the OHBM Brainhack website.
Ahead of time, you can start navigating through the projects and think about which one you would possibly want to join. At the hackathon, each project leader will pitch at the beginning of the event. Then you will have the possibility to chat with the project leaders before you 'decide' which projects to join. But it is a very flexible thing: if you are interested in more than 1 project and want to do share your time: it is OK.
If you have attended a brain hackathon in the past, we will contact you after registration to offer the opportunity to act as a mentor during the hackathon. We would very much appreciate your help in welcoming new members to the Brainhack community.
As a brainhack mentor, you will spend two 1-hour meetings with your mentee to help their onboarding them. This will be an opportunity to share your experience as a hackathon attendee and answer any questions they may have.
If you have attended a brain hackathon in the past, we will contact you after registration to offer the opportunity to be paired with a mentor during the hackathon.
As a brainhack mentee, you will spend two 1-hour meetings with your mentor. This will be an opportunity to share your experience as a hackathon attendee and hear theirs, your mentor is also a good contact for any questions you may have.
We have designed different opportunities to volunteer. More information on this soon...
For technical questions, we will have a helpdesk available covering different topics. More information on this soon...
The OHBM brainhack follows the the OHBM Code of Conduct.
The OS-SIG will use the funds raised with hackathon registration fees to sustain its open science activities: this includes software for the hackathon and the open-science room but also hackathon & open-science room mini-grants to make participation easier, support speakers to record their talks...