OpenBio Codefest 2013 will take place July 17th and 18th, 2013 (the two days before BOSC 2013) in Berlin, Germany at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. This is a great opportunity for open source bioinformatics developers to meet and work collaboratively. We hope to have developers from projects such as BioPerl, BioJava, Biopython, BioRuby, Galaxy and GenomeSpace in attendance. Everyone is welcome to attend.
OpenBio projects are typically coordinated remotely, with users from all over the world contributing and organizing themselves through mailing lists and IRC chats. Additionally, contributors work on these projects in their spare time, coordinating improving the projects with their day jobs and life outside of the computer. The objective of the Codefest is to give these talented developers a chance to be fully focused on the projects for a few days, interacting in real time. Previous Hackathons have been immensely successful at producing new high quality code and innovative project developments.
The goals for the two days are determined entirely by developers.
We'll be hosted in lab rooms at the Department of Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, near historic Invalidenstrasse. Thanks to Steffen Möller and Ivo Maintz for help securing the room. More details on times and directions will be available. In the meantime, enjoy some pictures of the room.
- Google map of Codefest and Conference venues, hotels nearby and train stations
The venue is in a nice area of Berlin and everyone is wholeheartedly invited to stay nearby for the full conference. Prices vary with availability, so book soon. Public transport in Berlin is excellent, throughout the night, so do not worry too much if prices for the hotels listed below have already gone through the roof. Just take anything between our venue and the conference site. The usual internet booking services are your friend. To increase chances for us to meet by chance, check for one the following hotels, which should pop up when sorting for distance from the center:
- Hotel Aquino (55 Euros)
- Mercure Hotel Berlin City (65 Euros)
- Hotel Motel One Berlin Bellevue (59 Euros)
- Gat Point Charlie (51 Euros incl. breakfast)
The Gat Point Charlie is a bit south, but it is a truly nice walk through Berlin of 2.5km to the Codefest.