BioHacks 2021 is a virtual bioinformatics hackathon aiming to tackle epidemic health issues raised by COVID-19 through two interconnected streams:

  • Stream 1: Computational Methods against Diseases

  • Stream 2: Healthcare Tool Development


A variety of events will also be held throughout the two days for when you need a break from hacking, including seminars and workshops from professionals from the industry and academia while networking with like-minded students ready to take on this challenge! 


Get together with a team of up to 4 people (teams will be formed for anyone who doesn't have a team) to develop computational biology skills and turn what you’ve learned to something you’re proud of!


We’ve also got cash prizes up for grabs for the top teams, thanks to our generous sponsors. Prize amounts will be announced during the event!



Any participants who have signed up for BioHacks 2021 are eligible to submit a project. Teams may consist of 1-4 members. 


Please submit your hackathon project on Devpost by 1 pm EST on March 14th. Though not required, it helps to include something that best presents your work to help our judges judge your hard work!. This may be a Github, screenshots, a video, etc. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$CAD600 in prizes

First place - 300 Dollar Cash Prize

Second place - 200 Dollar Cash Prize

Third Place - 100 Dollar Cash Prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Lincoln Stein

Lincoln Stein
Director, Senior Principal Investigator, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Fritz Roth

Fritz Roth
Professor at the Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto

Nicolas Provart

Nicolas Provart
Chair, Department of Cell & Systems Biology, Professor at the University of Toronto

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity and Innovation
    How original or interesting is the idea?
  • Code and Documentation
    Quality of the written code
  • Prototype
    The quality of the prototype presented
  • Presentation
    How well is the project presented?

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