NAACCR invites you to this exciting 3-day software hackathon to develop innovative software tools and explore novel technological approaches to transform cancer control and prevention methods in a collaborative environment.
Our goals for the hackathon are:
Introduce informatics professionals and students to an exciting career in the rapidly evolving world of cancer control and data science
Recruit talented, motivated, innovative people into the cancer informatics workforce
Gather the brightest informatics minds in the Philadelphia area for 3 days to hack out solutions to major cancer control problems fueled by great prizes, food, interesting projects, and fun collaborations
NAACCR will hold the hackathon in conjunction with its 2020 Annual NAACCR Conference, so you will have a great opportunity to network with a talented, dedicated, diverse group of professionals, united through the NAACCR organization to promote high-quality, population-based cancer registries across North America.
Teams will be invited to choose from several projects representing real-world challenges faced by cancer registries and cancer informatics professionals focused on cancer control. Hackathon projects draw from a variety of computer science disciplines, so prior knowledge of cancer registry data is neither required nor expected! The projects will include work in:
High volume data processing pipelines
High volume data compression
REST API development
Intelligent speech-to-text workflows
After nearly 3 days of hacking, teams will present their solutions to a panel of NAACCR judges. Projects will be evaluated based on criteria including:
Adherence to project guidelines
Potential for real-world application to cancer control efforts
Project presentations and judging will be held on June 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, site of the 2020 NAACCR Annual Conference. All participants are encouraged to attend the final presentations and judging, however, only one team member is required to present for a team to be eligible for a hackathon prize.
The top 3 teams will be awarded cash prizes. The amounts are as follows:
$512 per person on team*
$256 per person on team*
$128 per person on team*
*max number on a team is 5
Competition will be tight, but friendly, as we hope to spur the next generation of cancer informatics professionals that can solve the most difficult problems in cancer prevention and control.
NAACCR Cancer Informatics Hackathon will be held in the Washington A Room on the third floor of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Plenty of food and beverages will be provided (for free) to participants during the day, while dinner excursions (pay on your own) will be organized to extend the hacking and idea generation into the night.
Below, you can find a map of the event venue. Please contact us for any further details.
Note that once the Hackathon begins teams will be allowed to work on their projects at any time they choose including after hours up until they are presented. The schedule below is just a suggested outline and reflect when the Washington A Room will be available.