Elsevier/Tetherless World Health and Life Sciences Hackathon (27-28 June 2011)

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Website: Elsevier/Tetherless World Health and Life Sciences Hackathon (27-28 June 2011)
When: June 27-28 2011
Create apps; Win Prizes!

The Tetherless World Constellation at RPI is excited to announce that TWC and Elsevier's SciVerse Developer Network will be holding a 24-hour Health and Life Sciences Semantic Web Hackathon 27-28 June 2011. The Elsevier-sponsored event will be held at the beautiful Pat's Barn on the campus of the Rensselaer Technology Park in Troy, NY.

Participants will compete with each other to develop apps using linked data from TWC and other sources, web APIs from Elsevier SciVerse, and visualization and other resources from around the Web.

Event website http://tw.rpi.edu/web/event/TWCElsevierHackathonJune2011 Registration at: http://twcsciverse2011.eventbrite.com/

Our thanks to all the participants, judges, helpers and especially Elsevier
who made #TWCHack11 a great success!

TWCHack11 Group Photo
You can find an album of photos from the event at Elsevier's TWCHack11 Facebook page.

The contest will encompass building apps utilizing the SciVerse API and other resources in multiple categories, including Health and Life Sciences and Open classes. Overall, there will be three winners:

UPDATE! Congratulations to our winners!

  • First place ($1500): Jim McCusker (RPI) Genomic Data Browser
  • Second place (tie)($1000) Nick Benik and Deon Robinson

A distinguished panel of judges has assembled that includes domain experts, faculty and senior representatives from Elsevier: Bios to follow soon!

  • Paolo Ciccarese (Scientist and Senior Software Engineer, Mass General Hospital; Faculty, Harvard Medical School)
  • Chris Baker (Research Chair, Innovatia, Canada)
  • Bob Powers (Semantics Engineer, Consultant at Predictive Medicine, Inc.)
  • M. Scott Marshall (Department of Medical Statistics and Bioinformatics, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands)
  • Ora Lassila (Principal Technologist, Nokia; co-author of the W3C RDF specification)
  • Elizabeth Brooks (Head of Computing & IT, UHI, Scotland)
  • Hajo Oltmanns (Elsevier: SVP Health Sciences Strategy)
  • Scott Virkler (Elsevier: SVP e-Products Global Medical Research)
  • Helen Moran (Elsevier: VP Smart Content Strategy)

Hackathon schedule and agenda (http://tw.rpi.edu/web/event/TWCElsevierHackathonJune2011/Program).

Lunch, dinner, and midnight snack provided on 27 June and breakfast and lunch on 28 June.

Travel Assistance
A small amount of travel assistance will be made available for students and non-profits on a competitive basis. Please see our Travel Assistance or contact us for further details.

Travel and Lodging Information
See the Elsevier/Tetherless World Health and Life Sciences Hackathon web site for specific information about transportation and lodging near the venue. Please note that the Hackathon runs for 24 hours, so it is unlikely that participants will want lodging on the night of 27 June...

TWC Hackathon Coordinator: John Erickson olyerickson@gmail.com
TWC Administrator: Jacky Carly carlej@cs.rpi.edu
TWC Oversight:

Event Brochure/Handout
A downloadable (PDF) version of this announcement is available here: twc_hackathon_brochure_2 [Download]

Follow us on Twitter!
The hash for this event is #TWCHack11

TWCHack11 Group Photo for front page [Download]
TWCHack11 Dominic Photo for front page [Download]
TWCHack11 Hacker Photo for front page [Download]

Special thanks to Elsevier for providing travel and accommodation for sponsors.
Special thanks to Jacky Carley and Patrick West for local arrangements and logistics.