Biome BioHackathon

5:30PM Friday November 8th to 8PM Saturday November 9th, 2019

Shriram Bioengineering Center, Stanford University

Beginners and experts alike are invited to hack with and for life in this interdisciplinary event open to all majors. Tackle wild challenges from amazing guests. Past challenges have come from The Tech Museum of Innovation, The Odin, and even the FBI. Meet and create with interesting faculty, companies, and speakers. Build diverse projects in: Hardware, Software, Wetware, and Peopleware.

Registration for 2019 BioHackathon is now open!


Check out our tentative schedule and challenges for the hackathon below. We'll be updating it periodically as the hackathon date approaches





What's a biohackathon?

When you hear "biology project," you may think weeks of long, painstaking hour in lab, trying to get the results you want. At our biohackathon, we want to challenge the long design-build-test cycle inherent to biology by challenging you to build for and with living systems. Like a traditional hackathon, we want you to create something that you and others can be proud of during our 24-hour hacking period.

What if I don’t have a team or idea?

Not a problem! You'll have a chance to meet other hackers during the event, as well as talk with company and organization sponsors who have each contributed a challenge. And if you'd prefer to work alone, that's fine too!

What should I bring?

All you need is a valid student ID and a laptop. If you plan on coming into lab, you will have wanted to complete safety trainings, which should be included in registration.

What if I've never been in a lab or coded before?

You've come to the right place! BIOME is committed to teaching you valuable skills in both areas. Email before the hackathon and we'll provide you mentorship. Take a look at our main website to join our Slack and get connected! During the hackathon, reach out to our lab manager, Nicholas Midler, on Slack.

How much does it cost?

BIOME's biohackathon is free for all registered hackers. We'll provide the food, drinks, swag, and internet if you provide the enthusiasm!

What challenges do you offer?

We offer challenges in 4 primary areas: We're in the process of creating challenges now! Check back here later for an updated list of challenges.
  • Hardware -- (mechanical, ee, …)
  • Software -- (cs, bmc, …)
  • Wetware -- (biology, bioengineering, …)
  • Peopleware -- (education, ethics, policy, …)

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