20th - 21st October 2018

Allia Future Business Centre


>sudo : sequence is the next hackathon in the >sudo series, taking place in Cambridge!


Run by Cambridge Applied Research, the hackathon will focus on some of the most challenging areas currently facing the genomics industry.


The overnight event will be a weekend of inspirational thinking, problem solving and prototype development to create some impactful new solutions to real-world problems and a chance to win some great prizes! If you have a background in engineering, software development, biology, or just want to come and support the teams with your industry insights, sign up now! Attendance is free and all refreshments will be provided over the weekend.


Places are limited so sign up now to avoid disappointment!


Genomics is the study of genes and their function. Genes are made up of DNA which comprises of 4 constituent molecules called G, A, T and C. These 4 molecules arranged in millions of different combinations form the code which contains all the information about our biology. Through sequencing the DNA, also known as the genome, we gain a full translation of our biological information into a single strand of genomic code. We have learnt huge amounts about ourselves from this information: from what eye colour we can expect in our children, to understanding risks of inheriting certain diseases.


Due to the vast amounts of data in one single genome, understanding which phrases of genomic code represent different diseases has historically been very difficult. Thanks to advances in machine learning and data science paired with increasing compute capability of modern hardware, our ability to understand the content of this genomic code has recently undergone another step change. However, translation of a person's sequenced genome into an increase in their wellbeing is by no means a solved problem.


Genomic data is rich, complex and dense - Find a way to translate this data into a form where it can better improve wellbeing.



In the command line, sudo allows users to run programs with the security privileges of the superuser. We want to provide the environment for you to create, innovate and make impact with access to resources you wouldn't usually have access to.


Will you provide food and drink?

Yes! We will provide breakfast and lunch on both days, and dinner on the Saturday, as well as snacks and drinks all day.

But I have a dietary requirement…

No worries! We will try and accommodate everyone. If you have a requirement, send through an email to and we will prepare accordingly!

What equipment should I bring?

You will need your own laptop to participate in the event. Don’t forget your charger!

Is it an overnight event?

We will have 24 hour access to the venue so you can go home after dinner and be back for breakfast or keep working throughout the night!

Who can participate?

Anyone with an interest in our theme! This includes coders, designers, developers, business and marketing people, ideators, mentors, and observers. Like most hackathons, participants must be 18 years of age or older.

How big can a team be?

We recommend 4 people per team as the best size. No more than 6, please! We will help you form a team at the event if you are coming solo.

Who should I contact with further questions?

Just email


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