The Moffitt Bio-Data Club will be hosting its Third Annual Hackathon virtually on December 9th and 10th, 2021. A hackathon is a 1-2 day event where participants come together to solve a problems or work towards a common goal.

UPDATE: list of projects 

Click the links for more information on the First Annual Hackathon 2019 and Second Annual Hackathon 2020 projects. Final presentations of the Second Annual Hackathon are available here.

Participants from Quantitative Sciences and other data science areas will form teams around a project with the purpose of solving a problem. The end result should be a “product” such as a visualization tool, an analysis pipeline, software packages, a machine learning model, a web app, a dataset, or even a new data analysis approach, and this product could then be used for other projects at Moffitt. At the end of the hackathon, the work from each group will be presented, and a small prize will be awarded. The goal is to have fun and collaborate while also being potentially impactful for Moffitt.

We (the organizing committee) would like to solicit potential project ideas from you. Last year we had nearly 55 participants working on various projects.

* Utilization of target lesion heterogeneity to assess treatment efficacy (Team Lead: Dung-Tsa Chen) - 2020 WINNER
* User-friendly software for clusterability analysis in high dimensions (Team Lead: Naomi Brownstein)
* R Shiny application for the visualization of immunofluorescence spatial data (Team Lead: Brooke Fridley)
* Visualizing catchment area alignment with consent and biospecimen availability (Team Lead: Travis Gerke)
* Pipeline for Apple HealthKit data (Team Lead: Brian Gonzalez)
* Demo application for facilitated LIMS reporting (Team Lead: Fredrik Pettersson)
* BERT-based Moffitt Pub+Grant Abstract Search (Team Lead: Phillip Szepietowski)

When thinking about a project for a hackathon, please keep in mind a good project should be

* Clearly articulated
* Attainable in 1.5 days
* Easy to onboard participants unfamiliar with your work
* Organized
* Reproducible

If you are interested, please email Dr. Jose Laborde ( by October 29th, 2021 with your project idea, short summary, and a tentative title. If selected, you will be asked to lead a hackathon team to implement your idea.


Special Pilot Grant Announcement

Dr. Brooke Fridley and the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (Bio2) will award a $25,000 pilot grant to the winning hackathon team with the following requirements:

* Teams must include a Bio2 faculty member to be eligible for the award.
* The Bio2 faculty member must participate during the entirety of the hackathon.
* Pilot grant funds will be available July 1st, 2022 and must be spent by April 30th, 2023.

More information on the pilot grant and registration for the hackathon will be forthcoming.

The Bio-Data Club 2021 Hackathon Organizing Committee
(Anders Berglund, Rodrigo Carvajal, Jordan Creed, Guillermo Gonzalez-Calderon, Jose Laborde, Richie Reich, Paul Stewart)