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Elsevier/Tetherless World Health and Life Sciences Hackathon at RPI

Tetherless World Constellation (RPI) and Elsevier SciVerse

Monday, June 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Create apps; Win Prizes!
The Tetherless World Constellation at RPI is pleased to announce that TWC and the SciVerse team at Elsevier are planning a Health and Life Sciences-themed, 24-hour hackathon to be held 27-28 June 2011. The event is sponsored by Elsevier and held at Pat's Barn, on the campus of the Rensselaer Technology Park.

After a short tutorial period by TWC RPI staff and distinguished guests, participants will compete with each other to develop Semantic Web mashups using linked data from TWC and other sources, web APIs from Elsevier SciVerse, and visualization and other resources from around the Web.

The contest will encompass building apps utilizing the SciVerse API and other resources in multiple categories, including Health and Life Sciences and Open classes. Overall, there will be three winners:

  • First place: $1500
  • Second place: $1000
  • Third place: $500

A distinguished panel of judges has been assembled that includes domain experts, faculty and senior representatives from Elsevier:

  • Paolo Ciccarese (Scientist and Senior Software Engineer, Mass General Hospital; Faculty, Harvard Medical School)
  • Chris Baker (Research Chair, Innovatia)
  • Bob Powers (Semantics Engineer, Consultant at Predictive Medicine)
  • M. Scott Marshall (Department of Medical Statistics and Bioinformatics, Leiden University Medical Center)
  • Ora Lassila (Principal Technologist, Nokia; co-author of the W3C RDF specification)
  • Elizabeth Brooks (Head of Computing & IT, UHI, Scotland)
  • Hajo Oltmanns (Elsevier: SVP Health Sciences Strategy)
  • Scott Virkler (Elsevier: SVP e-Products Global Medical Research)
  • Helen Moran (Elsevier: VP Smart Content Strategy)


All attendees will be provided lunch, dinner, and midnight snack on 27 June and breakfast and lunch on 28 June.

Travel Assistance
A small amount of travel assistance will be made available for students and non-profits on a competitive basis. Please see our Travel Assistance page or contact us for further details.

Travel and Lodging Information
See the Elsevier/Tetherless World Health and Life Sciences Hackathon web site for specific information about transportation and lodging near the venue. Please note that the Hackathon runs for 24 hours, so it is unlikely that participants will want lodging on the night of 27 June...

Please browse to the Contacts area of the Elsevier/Tetherless World Health and Life Sciences Hackathon web site or follow the EventBright event organizer link if you have questions.

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When & Where

Pat's Barn Conference and Events Center
Rensselaer Technology Park
100 Defreest Drive
Troy, NY 12180

Monday, June 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Tetherless World Constellation (RPI) and Elsevier SciVerse

About the Tetherless World Constellation:

The Tetherless World Constellation (TWC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) explores the research and engineering principles that underlie the Web, to enhance the Web's reach beyond the desktop and laptop computer, and develops new technologies and languages that expand the capabilities of the Web under three themes: Future Web, Xinformatics and Semantic Foundations.

TWC goals include making the next generation web natural to use while being responsive to the growing variety of policy, educational, societal, and scientific needs. Research areas include: web science, privacy, intellectual property, general compliance, Web-based medical and health systems, semantic escience, data-science, semantic data frameworks, next generation virtual observatories, semantic data and knowledge integration, ontologies, semantic rules and query, semantic applications, data and information visualization, and knowledge provenance, trust and explanation for science.

About SciVerse

Elsevier has launched a new product and a platform to bring together all of their information into one place: SciVerse.

Part of SciVerse includes SciVerse Applications. SciVerse Applications Beta is a marketplace that allows academic and professional developers to collaborate with the research community to build applications to improve its search and discovery. Elsevier is opening up API’s to its data and looking for third-parties to create applications against this data. Some possibilities include:

  • Semantic search
  • Data and text mining
  • Visualization of data
  • Recommendation systems
  • Mobile search


About Elsevier

Elsevier is a Dutch publishing company which publishes medical and scientific literature (journals, books, databases, etc.).

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