Cancer Informatics Hackathon

June 20-22th 2020, Philadelphia, PA


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

  • Data visualization

  • 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:

  • Creativity

  • 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.

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by NCI Grant Number 1RI3CA232427 and Contract Number HHSN261201400004I from the National Cancer Institute.  The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers or moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. Additionally, this program is supported in part by CDC Cooperative Agreement Number NU58DP006458 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Without NCI and CDC support, this scientific conference would not be possible.

Photographers will be taking pictures and video at the conference and workshops, which may be used for promotional and education purposes, and which may be posted on the NAACCR website. Participation in the conference, workshops, and other associated meetings and gatherings constitutes an agreement to allow NAACCR to use and distribute attendee's image and/or voice in photographs and recordings of the meeting.

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