Hackathons are ‘hacking’ ‘marathons’, and traditionally bring people together to try and solve a defined problem in the field of software development over a period of several days. The term first came in to use in 1999 and hackathons are now widespread, they have even been proposed as a way for scientists to work on new ideas, form collaborations and forward their careers.
However, software problems are not the only issues to be tackled by hackathons; next week the first ‘DIYBio style’ biohackathon will convene in Cambridge, UK funded by the Cambridge Synthetic Biology Research Initiative. I will be covering the event via twitter, but to find out more I went to talk to the organiser Thomas Meany.
You can read the full post here: http://blogs.plos.org/synbio/2016/06/17/hack-the-planet/