Committed and curious researchers at various departments and faculties at Umeå University, as well as external guests from Uminova and Försäkringskassan, gathered in the MIT building’s Ljusgård to listen to each other’s pitches and make new contacts. The purpose of the pitch event is to allow researchers who were previously unaware of each other’s skills to meet, discuss, create teams and then explore the solutions further in a Hackathon to be held at Lövångergården later in the month. Life-science researchers with exciting data in need of analysis methods and researchers in computer science and statistics in need of new data rarely meet, and these pitch events are a unique opportunity for these encounters to occur. Martin Rosvall, director at IceLab, welcomed all the participants;
– Together we intend to organize a Hackathon that is at least as successful as last time, when all three participating teams wrote successful research applications.
Senior research engineer Elin Thysell, Department of Medical Biosciences and professor Oliver Billker from MIMS presented pitches that contained exciting and innovative data. Postdoctoral researcher Barbara Forró from Maria Fällman’s research group and MIMS, Max Hellström, doctoral student from the Department of Radiation Sciences, Laura Carroll, computational biologist/bioinformatician at UCMR, Johan Henriksson, researcher at MIMS and Priyantha Wijayatunga, university lecturer at the School of Economics, presented method pitches.
Martin concluded the meeting by inviting all participants to register a team for the Hackathon in Lövångergården, which takes place between February 22-24.
– Participation in a Hackathon is a unique opportunity to develop, learn and create new opportunities. All questions are welcome! Researchers not present at the pitch event are also invited to submit a team application to go to the Hackathon at Lövångergården.
Interested individuals can find the participants’ abstracts below. The deadline to apply to join the Hackathon is February 9th.