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Brainhack is a forum for collaborative neuroscience. Over three days, participants will have the opportunity to interact, develop projects, and present their research.
The Neuro Bureau is proud to announce the 2012 Brainhack, to be held from September 1-4 at the Max Plank Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.
Brainhack is a unique workshop with the goals of fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and open neuroscience. The structure builds from the concepts of an unconference and a hackathon: The term “unconference” refers to the fact that most of the content will be dynamically created by the participants -- a hackathon is an event where participants collaborate intensively on science-related projects.
Participants from all disciplines related to neuroimaging are welcome. Ideal participants span in range from graduate students to professors across any disciplines willing to contribute (e.g., mathematics, computer science, engineering, neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, medicine, art, etc...). The primary requirement is a desire to work in close collaborations with researchers outside of your specialization in order to address neuroscience questions that are beyond the expertise of a single discipline.
Brainhack will last 3.5 days, with the first night being dedicated to registration, a brief introduction of participants, and a poster session / cocktail hour. Each of the next two days will begin with an “Ignite Session” in which distinguished neuroscience researchers will give 10 minute talks that will address wide questions in neuroscience that would benefit from open, interdisciplinary collaborations. The “Ignite Session” will be followed by a dynamic set of talks organized by attendees. This session will be scheduled on-site, and aims to reflect participants' interests as they evolve over the course of the workshop. Each afternoon and evening will then include a brainhack session, in which participants will be encouraged to work together in small groups on relevant neuroscience projects. The workshop will culminate on the last day, when participants will have the opportunity to present a brief overview of their project.
We aim for Brainhack to be a highly dynamic event. As such, participants are encouraged to come prepared to discuss their research interests and work in ways that they may be able to contribute to the unconference portion of the workshop. In addition, there will be an opportunity for participants to present posters on Saturday night. If you are interested in doing so, please indicate this on the registration form so that we can be sure to have poster space allocated.
In order to maximize the productivity of the hackathon portion of Brainhack, we encourage participants to come with potential (or established) collaborators and projects in mind, as well as the data and tools required for the project. Participants are encouraged to advertise projects, or shop for a team of collaborators at the web site prior to the conference. We will have preprocessed copies of the ADHD200 competition dataset, as well as other datasets publicly released through the International Neuroimaging Data-sharing Initiative (structural, resting state fMRI, and DTI),, and NeuroSynth available onsite. Participants will be encouraged to make results from their Brainhack experience openly available on a resource such as NITRC or github.
To maximize collaborative opportunities between participants all meals will be provided onsite (cost included in registration).

Important Dates
Registration Deadline: 30 July 2012 extended to 6 August 2012
Payment Deadline: 15 August 2012 extended to 20 August 2012
Final Program: 30 August 2012

Click here to view the current schedule.
While the schedule provides the basic structure, the content will be primary determined by the participants onsite.

Confirmed Attendees
F. Xavier Castellanos, Michael Hanke, Helen Mayberg, Michael P. Milham, Tal Yarkoni, Arno Villringer, and more to follow.

Organizing Committee and the Brainhack workshop are initiates of The Neuro Bureau.

To register for Brainhack, please complete and submit the following registration form.
Attendees are encouraged to register as soon as possible, as the conference size is limited.

If you have any question concerning the workshop, please contact Cornelia Ketscher.

Please transfer the registration fee (150 Euros) to the following bank account before August 15th in order to ensure your registration:
Account Holder: MPG e. V.
Bank: Deutsche Bank AG München
Account: 195138321
Bank Code Number: 700 700 10
IBAN: DE42 7007 0010 0195 1383 21
Reason for Transfer: Brainhack2012; Last name, First name
For attendees from outside Europe we would provide the possibility to pay the registration fee in cash on the day of arrival (from 4 to 5 pm).


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