H3ABioNet Microbiome & Precision Medicine Portals Design Hackathon


Venue of hackathon: Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia

Dates for the hackathon: 12th April to 18th April, 2019 

Hackathon organisers: Kais Ghedira, Faisal Fadlelmola, Souiai Oussama, Samar Kassim, Scott Hazelhurst, Sumir Panji, Nicola Mulder

Application opens: 18th February, 2019

Application closes: 25th February 2019

Notification date: 2nd March, 2019

Link to application form: https://redcap.h3abionet.org/redcap/surveys/?s=JX9X3MFP3Y

Participation: Open application for H3ABioNet and H3Africa consortium members who have an element of precision medicine or microbiome in their projects objectives and are able to contribute to the outcomes of the hackathon.

Hackathon Sponsors: H3ABioNet and Institut Pasteur de Tunis H3ABioNet Node

Hackathon Overview: This Hackathon aims to develop two H3ABioNet Databases and Resources Work Package Portals:

  1. African Precision Medicine Portal (APMP) - a web based portal to collate and curate pharmacogenomics and other genomic medicine metadata specific to African populations, as well as links to existing precision medicine implementation tools and resources in order to support precision medicine initiatives within Africa.
  2. African Microbiome Portal (AMP) - a web based portal to collate, curate and provide primary references for African specific microbiome metadata and resources for African based microbiome research.

The hackathon participants will be divided into three streams: Stream A for the African Precision Medicine web portal development, Stream B for the African Microbiome web portal development and Stream C for testing the portals. An additional team for writing and drafting a manuscript about the hackathon will also be formed. Stream A and B will consist of technical programming members as well as portal content experts. Stream C consists local undergraduate students who should be recruited from IPT for testing the two portals.

The Hackathon will consist of a series of introduction and background talks to the objectives of both portals during the first day and portals design and development breakout group sessions during 2nd- 5th days of the hackathon.

Intended Audience: This hackathon is aimed at H3ABioNet project members who will be involved in the development of the H3ABioNet portals. 

Prerequisites: Participants will be are encouraged to work through the following resources to enable them to gain the most from the Hackathon:

  1. SQL querying language
  2. HTML5, PHP, CSS
  3. Bioschemas: http://bioschemas.org/
  4. https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Data_Management_in_Bioinformatics

Please note: Successful applicants will be required to attend a series of online planning meetings before the hackathon commences and post-hackathon meetings.

Registration: All potential applicants must complete the application form and upload a motivation letter from their supervisor. Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed. The successful applicants will be contacted to complete an airline ticket booking form (where applicable), a short biosketch with a recent picture and abide by the H3ABioNet workshop policy. 

Costing: H3ABioNet will cover the costs of a return economy air ticket to Tunisia, accommodation from the night of the 11th of April till the night of the 18th of April, 2019 and lunch meals from the 12th of April till the 18th of April 2019. H3ABioNet will not cover the costs of dinners,  visa fees or airport transfers from your local area. 

Please note, if a participant is unable to attend this hackathon after acceptance, their place will be passed on to applicants on the waiting list and not to other recommended members from their H3Africa programme.

A programme will be available shortly.