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Montreal Bioinformatics Users Group

MonBUG (Montreal Bioinformatics Users Group) is an association of researchers, professionals and students in the greater Montreal area who have an interest in the field of bioinformatics.

Through monthly presentations we present our work, ask questions, share ideas, tips and tricks.

Meetings are held either at the Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) or at McGill university, and are free and open to all.

MonBUG is based on the highly successful VanBUG initiative and we also have a sister organization in Toronto, TorBUG.

Summer hackathon

Registration is now open for our annual summer hackathon!
To register, click on the link below.

The StartupFest has once again generously agreed to host our hackathon this year, in the context of their HackerFest, that follows the StartupFest.
The registration cost is 12.76$, taxes included, which is a symbolic contribution to the cost of setting up the event, and includes food (I believe).
The organizers have given us a few free tickets.
Just ask us for one, and we’ll send you the link to register for free, until the free tickets are exhausted.
Exceptionally this year, we also have free tickets for the StartupFest itself, provided by both the organizers of the StartupFest and our sponsor, the local bioinformatics startup, Streamline Genomics (
They’re sold for about 500$ each, I think.
We’ll give them to the first person, registered in the hackathon, to claim them.
The only condition to claiming a free ticket is that you must use it, or you’re depriving someone else of a free ticket.

This year, the hackathon will take place in a park, on a peninsula in front of the Old Port.
It should be a spectacular location.
The problem we will tackle will be a machine learning problem involving a current molecular biology dataset.
You’ll have 24 hours to program a solution.
The winner(s) will get the glory of winning the MonBUG summer hackathon, an opportunity to advance science and a MonBUG t-shirt.

The last 2 years were tremendous fun, and the organization was stellar.
We had huge outdoor tents, so I’m hoping the 2018 edition will be as successful.

Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you have, in the comments section or directly to one of the organizers.
We’ll open a Slack channel the day before the hackathon.

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