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April 19, 2022 | Tom Ballard

HudsonAlpha Institute announces HATCH 2022 hackathon

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is teaming with Urban Engine to host the fifth “HudsonAlpha Tech Challenge” May 6-8.

HATCH is the shorthand name for the life sciences hackathon where participants compete to solve real-world issues faced by researchers in genomics, genetics and biotechnology. This year’s event will take place in person on the HudsonAlpha campus in Huntsville, AL.

“HudsonAlpha is excited to be back in person for HATCH,” said Carter Wells, HudsonAlpha Vice President for Economic Development. “While last year’s virtual hackathon generated the largest number of participants, some from outside the U.S., having teams back on HudsonAlpha’s Biotech campus will be fantastic.  There are so many real-world challenges within the field of genomics; HATCH highlights the real-world challenges within the field of genomics and promotes careers in biology- and computer science-related areas that have a positive impact on people everywhere.”

The goal of the HudsonAlpha Tech Challenge is to inspire creativity through collaboration and energize the current and next generation of problem-solvers to conceive and construct innovative solutions to biotech challenges.

HudsonAlpha is hosting the event with Urban Engine, a Huntsville-based nonprofit that specializes in innovation programs including hackathons and business accelerators. This is the fifth year the two nonprofits have teamed up for the hackathon.

Participants will compete for the chance to win more than $5,000 in cash and prizes in two categories – high school and college/professionals. Challenge participants must be 16 years of age or older. It is recommended that they have taken an advanced biology, genetics, or a biotech-related course, computer-science, software development, data analysis, or have professional experience in those fields to better grasp the challenging concepts.

Participants do not have to be a part of a team to register at this link.

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