AUGUST 5 – 6, 2022


Following the success of our previous UBRITE data science hackathons (2019, 2020, and 2021) organized by the UAB Informatics Institute, we are planning to run Hackin’ Omics virtually from August 5th to 6th in collaboration with the Center for Computational Genomics and Data Science (CGDS). We hope to encourage more UAB and non-UAB participants to take advantage of this opportunity to have fun by networking with peers in the scientific community and by participating on multidisciplinary teams to learn new skills and execute goals for novel project proposals


This year, the hackathon will again be virtual via Zoom. Participants from any institution or organization are welcome to participate as team members or team leaders. 

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t miss your chance to participate this year, so please register as a participant or submit project proposals by July 21, 2022. Prior participants are encouraged to register early as teams will have a 12 member limit.


In general, biohackathons are driven by practical sessions where people from multidisciplinary backgrounds gather, discuss, and implement ideas and projects during intensive and productive coding sessions.


The theme for Hackin’ Omics is: multi-omics downstream analysis for discovery of novel translational findings and development of new tools using existing public datasets. 


Multi-omics data and clinical data have emerged as key to understanding disease onset, progression, and patient outcomes. Finding and interpreting patterns from genome sequencing, functional genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, and microbiomics data with a full set of clinome (collection of patient’s clinotypes) requires integrated analysis of omics results. In this hackathon, we’ll prepare participants with UAB’s high-performance biomedical research computing environment called U-BRITE, help participants prepare or gain access to multi-omics datasets, and teach novel downstream analysis software tools such as PAGER and SEAS.


  • Broaden the collaborative community at UAB and abroad by building teams of domain experts, scientists/researchers, and developers.
  • Enable teams to achieve outcomes such as scripted pipelines, tutorials, tools, and novel omics analyses.
  • Allow researchers to advance existing multi-omics projects and analyze their own datasets.
  • Strengthen the professional development of participants by providing opportunities for training and networking.


Everyone including students, principal investigators, post-docs, staff scientists, clinicians, etc. is encouraged to participate. This hackathon does not require prior programming experience. We hope to have participants from backgrounds including but not limited to computer science, genomics, genetics, developmental biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, health informatics, biomedical engineering, software development, microbiology, pathology, etc.

How do I get started

  1. Register at https://hackathon.ubrite.org/registration/
  2. If you want to be a team leader, submit a proposal while registering.
  3. Participants will be sent a team preference form on July 25th.

Attend the workshops for technical readiness on July 27th and July 29th. View our schedule for more details.


If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact our communications chair at ryanrmccain@uabmc.edu