ELIXIR France with the support of the ELIXIR Hub and the ELIXIR interoperability platform and in collaboration with COST CHARME, the National Bioscience Database Center (NBDC) and the Database Center for Life Science (DBCLS), is organising a BioHackathon in November 2018 in Paris. This BioHackathon will complement and work in collaboration with the BioHackathon planned in Japan at the end of 2018.


BioHackathon activities are driven by practical sessions where people gather, discuss, and implement ideas/projects during intensive and productive coding sessions. The topics will be aligned to challenges proposed by ELIXIR platforms (data, tools, compute, interoperability and training), ELIXIR communities (Human Data, Rare Diseases, Marine Metagenomics, Plant Science, Metabolomics and Proteomics), a selection of new tools and communities (e.g., Cytoscape and reproducible networks) proposed by ELIXIR France, and a set of common challenges proposed by the sister BioHackathon organised in Japan.


  • Advance the development of an open-source infrastructure for data integration to accelerate scientific innovation focusing on technology implementations of FAIR, identifiers, metadata standards, ontologies and metadata catalogues that support the operations across ELIXIR Technical Platforms (Compute, Data, Interoperability, Tools, and Training)
  • Engage the technical people in the bioinformatics community inside and outside ELIXIR to work together on topics of common interest aligned to ELIXIR activities
  • Strengthen the interactions with ELIXIR Platforms and Communities to establish and reinforce collaborations through hands-on programming activities organised at the event.

Expenses and funding

Participants are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation. Registration to the event is free and will cover the meals during the time of the meeting. The venue (Chateauform Les Berges de Seine) of this event will be informed of your participation as soon as you complete the online registration. Participants will be contacted by the venue to complete their hotel reservation at this venue.

There will be a minimum of fifteen travel rewards for the invited applicants. The travel rewards will be offered on a case-by-case basis based on the application’s relevance to ELIXIR’s technical activities and strategy.


New developments

  • Prototypes, proof-of-concepts or drafts that can evolve later and be integrated into production (or could be identified as something that is better dismissed at that time)

Existing developments and resources

  • Testing new versions
  • Gathering information on possible new features
  • Reaching new users and improving awareness

Personal and community building

  • Collaborative learning emerged from discussions with peers
  • Sharing interests that could bring people to organise or grow communities

Process to propose and select hacking projects

ELIXIR platforms, ELIXIR use cases, ELIXIR France, as well as members of the Japanese BioHackathon organising committee are welcomed to put forward hacking project proposals for the BioHackathon. These proposals should ideally be aligned with existing ELIXIR technical activities. We especially welcome hacking sessions focusing on upcoming ELIXIR deliverables. We have created an online form to collect proposals. The proposals will be evaluated and selected by the BioHackathon organising committee, with the help of the ELIXIR platform and community coordinators. We will notify applicants shortly after the deadline.

1st call for proposals

The first call for proposals was closed on May 23 and 18 proposals were accepted.

2nd call for proposals

We decided to open a second call to be more inclusive and still add topics the community consider important. Proposals accepted in the first call will get priority for travel rewards.

  • Apply

    Propose a hacking topic
  • Deadline for application

    July 12th, 2018.

    Publication and notification

    July 19th, 2018.


Campus des Berges de Seine (South Paris)
1 Route de Beaulieu, 77240 Seine-Port, France



Available from May 1st, 2018.