Bio-Hackathon MENA 2023

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KAUST Research & Technology Park (KRTP)

Bio-Hackathon MENA 2023

February 7-11, 2023

KAUST Research & Technology Park

The organizing committee listed below brings you the BioHackathon Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 2023 for bioinformatics experts. This will be a great opportunity to collaborate with researchers and field professionals. We encourage women to participate

Organizing Committee

  • The Bio-Ontologies Research Group (BORG)  (KAUST, Saudi Arabia)
  • Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC) (KAUST, Saudi Arabia)
  • Women to Impact (WTI) team (KAUST, Saudi Arabia)
  • Prof. Dr. Michel Dumontier (Maastricht University, the Netherlands)
  • Dr. Leyla Jael Garcia Castro (ZB MED, Germany)
  • Dr. Toshiyaki Katayama (DBCLS, Japan)
  • Dr. Mona Alshahrani (SDAIA, Saudi Arabia)
  • Mr. Nagarajan Kathiresan (Supercomputing, KAUST, Saudi Arabia)

BioHackathon events involve a large number of people that meet on-site to discuss ideas and implement projects in a collaborative manner during intensive coding sessions.

The Bio-Hackathon-MENA Objectives

  • Stimulate and strengthen the synergy in the bioinformatics community within the MENA region and beyond.
  • Engage women in the bioinformatics field inside and outside the MENA region to work together on topics of common interest.
  • Facilitate the development of open-source bioinformatics tools and new methods for biomedical data analysis to accelerate scientific innovations and discoveries.

Outcomes of the Bio-Hackathon-MENA

  • Bioinformatics workflows, pipelines, scripts, software, and resources developed during the event will be added to public repositories such as GitHub.
  • The selected projects will be invited to submit their manuscripts to the Journal of BioMedical Semantics (JBMS) for peer-reviewing. The pre-print versions of the manuscripts will be published in BioHackrXiv 

Bio-Hackathon Topics

Topics for this years Bio-Hackathon are listed below. Submitted projects that have a clear link to MENA interests will be prioritized for inclusion.

  • Data and text mining (with focus on Middle East)
  • Interoperable resources, databases, ontologies (with focus on Middle East)
  • Reproducible workflows for data analysis and interpretation (with focus on Middle East)
  • Bioinformatics software
  • Machine learning and AI methods


Submit a Project Idea

Call for Submissions are now open!

If you have an idea related to one of the topics in the section above, hurry up and submit a project idea by clicking on the link below.

While filling the application, please list the below points in the description:

  • Motivation behind the project
  • Project description
  • How do you plan to implement the project?

Deadline for submission is November 25, 2022.


Participate without a Project

If you have coding skills and would like to participate without a project, please register by clicking on the button below.


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