Posted by: John Erickson | June 20, 2011

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

Create Apps; Win Prizes!

Elsevier/TWC Health & Life Sciences HackathonThe Tetherless World Constellation at RPI is pleased to announce that TWC and the SciVerse team at Elsevier are planning a Health and Life Sciences-themed, 24-hour hackathon to be held 27-28 June 2011. The event is sponsored by Elsevier and held at Pat’s Barn, on the campus of the Rensselaer Technology Park.

After a short tutorial period by TWC RPI staff and distinguished guests, participants will compete with each other to develop Semantic Web mashups using linked data from TWC and other sources, web APIs from Elsevier SciVerse, and visualization and other resources from around the Web.

Prizes
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:

  • First place: $1500
  • Second place: $1000
  • Third place: $500

Judging
A distinguished panel of judges has assembled that includes domain experts, faculty and senior representatives from Elsevier:

  • Paolo Ciccarese (Scientist and Senior Software Engineer, Mass General Hospital; Faculty, Harvard Medical School)
  • Chris Baker (Research Chair, Innovatia)
  • Bob Powers (Semantics Engineer, Consultant at Predictive Medicine)
  • M. Scott Marshall (Department of Medical Statistics and Bioinformatics, Leiden University Medical Center)
  • 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)

Refreshments
All attendees will be provided lunch, dinner, and midnight snack 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 page 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…

Contacts
Please browse to the Contacts area of the Elsevier/Tetherless World Health and Life Sciences Hackathon web site or follow the EventBright event organizer link if you have questions.

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

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