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 but participants are expected to cover travel, accommodation and 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

Hacking projects

29 hacking projects have been preselected aiming to prepare well in advance productive hacking sessions. Please feel free to browse the projects and contact the representatives if you want to contribute or find out more about any of the hacking projects.

  • Call for proposals

    Though the call for hacking project proposals is close and preselected hacking projects will have priority, the biohackathon welcomes new ideas and it is open to more project proposals. If you would still like to propose a project please contact

    The first call for proposals was closed on May 23 and 18 proposals were accepted. The second call for proposal was closed in July 12 and 11 proposal were accepted.

    We aim to support and promote accepted proposals but we welcome new ideas.

  • List of hacking projects

    A full list for the selected hacking projects can be found on the following link

    Hacking projects

    The BioHackathon Schedule can be found here



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


Registration (Now closed)

The capacity of the event is full. The registration is closed. If you want to be on reserve list, please contact