Brainhack: a collaborative workshop for the open neuroscience community

Gigascience. 2016 Mar 31:5:16. doi: 10.1186/s13742-016-0121-x. eCollection 2016.


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.

Keywords: Collaboration; Data sharing; Hackathon; Networking; Neuroscience; Open science; Unconference.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / education
  • Biomedical Research / methods*
  • Brain / anatomy & histology
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Computational Biology / education
  • Computational Biology / methods
  • Congresses as Topic / organization & administration
  • Congresses as Topic / statistics & numerical data
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Education / methods*
  • Education / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Neurosciences / education
  • Neurosciences / methods*
  • Research Personnel / education
  • Research Personnel / organization & administration
  • Research Personnel / statistics & numerical data