Hacking our way to a healthier future

By Clare Reucroft | 15/06/2018

Hackathon Poster

We’ve recently started working with organisations on the Wellcome Genome Campus, where our Cambridge office is located, to help to deliver a two-day BioData Hackathon on 2nd & 3rd July. The event will see a whole host of Challenge Partner companies, including AstraZeneca, Open Targets, Microsoft, Medicines Discovery Catapult, and ARM, asking participants to address challenges related to biodata, future technologies, and patient care.

With their first Hackathon, the Wellcome Genome Campus will be bringing together the likes of local business leaders, PhD students, life science postdocs and health tech visionaries, all to develop solutions with impact and contribute towards a healthier future for all.

How are we helping?

Sigma have been busy working with colleagues at the Biodata Innovation Centre and Challenge Partners to help refine the challenge descriptions and to emphasise how they relate to real world problems.

On the day, we’ll be on hand to help the hack teams structure their time and solutions, as well as provide design expertise. We have designed a deck of cards to give out to Hackathon teams that describe methods, approaches, and techniques, which should help them generate and hone their ideas.

What’s happening exactly?

On Day 1, participants will form teams to address a given partner’s challenge. They willll work alongside mentors and collaborators from a range of health tech companies, who will help turn their ideas into a new business venture. There’ll be opportunities to take part in ‘deep dive’ workshops, hosted by the Challenge Partners, as well as pitch preparation sessions and business planning advice for those wishing to improve in these areas.

Day 2 will see hackers continue to work on their solutions and finalise their presentations. After lunch, it’s time for the final pitches and demos to be heard and judged, with winners announced at the end of the day.

All that, along with –

  • Prizes for the best pitch or idea
  • Talks from inspirational leaders in biotech and venture capital
  • Goodies
  • Food vans, beer and snacks to keep hackers going


Register here (deadline: Tuesday 19th June) and for further information on the Hackathon, please visit www.wellcomegenomecampus.org/hackathon