Brainhack: A collaborative workshop for the open neuroscience community

R. Cameron Craddock*, Daniel S. Margulies, Pierre Bellec, B. Nolan Nichols, Sarael Alcauter, Fernando A. Barrios, Yves Burnod, Christopher J. Cannistraci, Julien Cohen-Adad, Benjamin De Leener, Sebastien Dery, Jonathan Downar, Katharine Dunlop, Alexandre R. Franco, Caroline Seligman Froehlich, Andrew J. Gerber, Satrajit S. Ghosh, Thomas J. Grabowski, Sean Hill, Anibal Sólon HeinsfeldR. Matthew Hutchison, Prantik Kundu, Angela R. Laird, Sook Lei Liew, Daniel J. Lurie, Donald G. McLaren, Felipe Meneguzzi, Maarten Mennes, Salma Mesmoudi, David O'Connor, Erick H. Pasaye, Scott Peltier, Jean Baptiste Poline, Gautam Prasad, Ramon Fraga Pereira, Pierre Olivier Quirion, Ariel Rokem, Ziad S. Saad, Yonggang Shi, Stephen C. Strother, Roberto Toro, Lucina Q. Uddin, John D. Van Horn, John W. VanMeter, Robert C. Welsh, Ting Xu

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Brainhack events offer a novel workshop format with participant-generated content that caters to the rapidly growing open neuroscience community. Including components from hackathons and unconferences, as well as parallel educational sessions, Brainhack fosters novel collaborations around the interests of its attendees. Here we provide an overview of its structure, past events, and example projects. Additionally, we outline current innovations such as regional events and post-conference publications. Through introducing Brainhack to the wider neuroscience community, we hope to provide a unique conference format that promotes the features of collaborative, open science.

Original languageEnglish
Article number16
Number of pages8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank prior organizers and attendees of Brainhacks over the past four years. We would also like to thank our sponsors, whose funds have been used to enrich the educational experience at Brainhack and have provided travel support for attendees. These include (in alphabetical order): Allen Institute for Brain Science (OHBM 2013), Amazon Web Services (OHBM 2013, OHBM 2014, Boston 2014, Brainhack AMX 2015), Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (Boston 2014), Child Mind Institute, Inc. (NYC 2014, NYC 2015, MX 2015), FIU Division of Research (Miami 2014), Frontiers (OHBM 2014), Frontiers in Neuroscience (OHBM 2013), International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (OHBM 2013, OHBM 2014, OHBM 2015, MX 2015), MATRICE (Paris 2013), Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Leipzig 2012), Microsoft Azure (OHBM 2015), NIH BD2K Center (1U54EB020406-01) Big Data for Discovery Science (USC, PI: Toga, LA 2015), NIH BD2K Center (1U54EB020403-01) Enigma Center for Worldwide Medicine, Imaging, and Genomics (USC, PI: Thompson, LA 2015), NIH BD2K Supplement for NCANDA (3U01AA021697-04S1) and NCANDA: Data Analysis Component (5U01AA021697-04) (SRI International, PI: Pohl, OHBM2015, MX 2015), Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM 2013, OHBM 2014, OHBM 2015), Ontario Brain Institute (Toronto 2014), Quebec Bio-Imaging Network (MTL 2014, MTL 2015), Siemens (Paris 2013), and University of Miami Flipse Funds (Miami 2015).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Craddock et al.


  • Collaboration
  • Data sharing
  • Hackathon
  • Networking
  • Neuroscience
  • Open science
  • Unconference


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