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Australia's First biohackathon: ATP Innovations and Cochlear

Address: Suite 145, National Innovation Centre, 4 Cornwallis St|Sydney|NSW|2015|AU

The Biohackathon concept

Australia’s first Biohackathon is a 2 day event that aims at producing novel approaches and solutions to a selected life science problem of great importance to the community.

By applying the “IT hackathon” concept to life sciences, the event presents a brand new format of problem solving, where participants of different backgrounds must try to generate a simple solution to a complex problem within a very short period of time.

Focusing on the convergence of technologies, we are looking for creative and passionate teams from different backgrounds and disciplines. During the hackathon, teams will have the opportunity to test their ideas with the guidance of leading academic, industry experts and incorporate Ninja Blocks into their methods. Ninja Blocks are tiny cloud enabled computers that can sense their environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors, these can be used as a powerful data acquisition tool and/or to affect the surrounding environment for the detection of biofilms in the hospital setting.

The problem: 'Novel and improved methods for detection of biofilm in the hospital setting'

Detection can focus on biofilm growing in patients or in key places in the hospital environment – some that are very difficult to access with current methods such as water taps.

Solutions to the stated problem should aim to create a simple and fast detection method that can be used in the every-day hospital setting. Solutions can be incremental improvements on current methods or completely new concepts.