Community-driven development for computational biology at Sprints, Hackathons and Codefests.

Möller S, Afgan E, Banck M, Bonnal R, Booth T, Chilton J, Cock P, Gumbel M, Harris N, Holland R, Kalaš M, Kaján L, Kibukawa E, Powel D, Prins P, Quinn J, Sallou O, Strozzi F, Seemann T, Sloggett C, Soiland-Reyes S, Spooner W, Steinbiss S, Tille A, Travis A, Guimera R, Katayama T, Chapman B.
BMC Bioinformatics. November 2014; 15(S14):16-24
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This report summarises our experience with computational biology Codefests, Hackathons and Sprints, which are interactive developer meetings. They are structured to reduce the limitations of traditional scientific meetings described above by strengthening the interaction among peers and letting the participants determine the schedule and topics. These meetings are commonly run as loosely scheduled "unconferences" (self-organized identification of participants and topics for meetings) over at least two days, with early introductory talks to welcome and organize contributors, followed by intensive collaborative coding sessions. We summarise some prominent achievements of those meetings and describe differences in how these are organised, how their audience is addressed, and their outreach to their respective communities.