Life Sci Hack: a global traveling hackathon bridging the fields of software engineering and life science is coming to MozFest this year. We as Open Science and Open Source advocates want to provide aid to those who are improving and saving human lives regardless of business bottom line and product sales.

Interoperability is how systems communicate and transmit data in a seamless fashion. With the rise of data gathered and used by everything from cell imaging to robotic surgery, scientists have to store and analyze petabytes of data.

Big Data gives the opportunity for health or medical-related industries to optimize processes around their clinical trials, drug discovery research, and management of patient health records.

Open source toolkits like Pandas, Numpy, RDkit, MatplotLib all drive research forward. Our toolkit challenge is focused on hacking forward these open source libraries, starting our own, aggregating existing data, and continuing to share the research our life scientists need to make an impact.

Educational programs are at the center of knowledge-sharing and open source goals. Our challenge is focused on developing programs to raise the bar around modern scientific standards, bridge existing siloed fields like chemistry with technology, and provide unique experiences for emerging students to prepare for complex problems of the future.

Through machine learning, new mathematical models have been introduced to tackle complex scientific problems with a new perspective. Machine learning coupled with artificial intelligence can expedite the work and evolve our scientific method to produce the results and impact we need.

Our Challenges


Big Data





Experimental Civics

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Event Schedules

Time Event / Activity
9:20 AM - 9:40 AM Keynote Speaker (TBA)
9:40 AM - 9:50 AM Challenge Overview
9:50 AM Hacking Begins!
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Team Formation Check-In / Register All Teams
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Challenge Project / Mentor Check-In
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch in Landing Area
1:30 PM - 15:30 PM Hacking Continues
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Snack Break
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Mentor Check-In
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Open Social + Dinner
9:00 PM Close Space, Recommend 24-hr Coffee Places

Where we are Hacking

Mozilla House, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

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