Lemanic Life Sciences Hackathon

📆 April 26 – 27, 2024
📍 Hall SV and SV 1717, Campus EPFL, Lausanne Switzerland (how to get to the SV Building)

Program Friday, April 26

08:30-09:00 | Arrival of participants, hand-out of badges  | Hall SV

09:00-10:00 | Welcome, briefing and set-up teams  | SV 1717

10:00-10:30 | Guide to Google Cloud  | SV 1717 (optional)

10:30- 13:00 | Hack, hack, hack | Hall SV &  SV 1717

13:00- 14:00 | Lunch | Ornithorynque (voucher)

14:00- 18:00 | Hack, hack, hack | Hall SV & SV 1717

18:00-20:00 | Pizza, beers & debrief | Hall SV

Program Saturday, April 27

08:30-09:00 | Arrival of participants | Hall SV

09:00-12:00 | Hack, hack, hack | Hall SV &  SV 1717

12:00-13:00 | Lunch | Hall SV

13:00-16:00 | Hack, hack, hack | Hall SV &  SV 1717

16:00-16:45 | Pitch your project – session I | SV 1717

16:45-17:00 | Coffee break | Hall SV

17:00-17:45 | Pitch your project – session II | SV 1717

18:00-18:45 | Burgers & beers  | Hall SV

18:45-19:30 | Award ceremony & closing | Hall SV

Projects and Teams

Participants received a notification of their affiliation to one of the 14 project teams via email, keep an eye out for a message from Alexander Mathis.


We’re thrilled to reveal that there will be prizes for the top three projects. We are grateful for the generous support of :

🥇 Debiopharm (Best Project)
🥈 SIB (Runner-Up Best Project)
🥉 BioAlps (Third Best Project)

Stay tuned for prize amounts and more details!

Jury Members (to be completed):

  • Magali Bischof, Secretary General, BioAlps Association
  • Prof Maria Brbic, Assistant Professor, Machine Learning for Biomedicine Lab, EPFL
  • Dr Laurène Donati, co-founder and Executive Director, EPFL Center for Imaging
  • Dr Krisztian Homicsko, Chef de clinique/Medical Oncology, CHUV-UNIL
  • Daniel Nakhaee-Zadeh Gutierrez, COO at Adaptyv Biosystems
  • Prof Andy Oates, Dean, EPFL School of Life Sciences
  • Cédric Odje, Investment Associate, Debiopharm Innovation Fund

Are you a clinician wondering whether and how AI could assist you in your clinical/research practice?

Are you a life scientist with biological data (omics, imaging or other) that you previously published and would like to be mined by talented scientists to generate disruptive science?

Do you like to code and wrangle with data?

This Hackathon for you!

Idiap, EPFL School of Life Sciences, EPFL AI Center and CHUV together with SIB, SDSC and HUG, are running a two-days Hackathon to bring together life scientists, clinicians and data scientists as well as students!

With the overarching goal to raise awareness among clinicians and life scientists about the potential of AI in life science and clinical research, our objectives include:

  • Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Encouraging innovative data analysis.
  • Promoting the re-use and sharing of valuable existing data.

We also welcome students, as well as beginners! Hackathons are a perfect playground for skill development, where you can learn new coding languages or design techniques hands-on. What’s more, they are a great opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, mentors, and even potential employers.

Questions – contact any member of the organization committee:
Scientific matters: Raphaëlle Luisier, Maria Brbic or Alexander Mathis
Organisational matters: Eva Schier

Organising Committee and Contacts

Dr. Raphaëlle Luisier 
Idiap Research Institute 

Prof. Alexander Mathis ,  Prof. Andy Oates
EPFL School of Life Sciences

Prof. Maria Brbic
EPFL Schools of Computer and Communication Sciences and School of Life Sciences

Dr. Jean-Louis Raisaro,  Dr. Raphael Gottardo
Biomedical Data Sciences Center, CHUV 

Eva Schier
EPFL School of Life Sciences

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