About the Hackathon

Large Language Models (LLM) such as ChatGPT have the potential to aid researchers in brain health by assisting in writing code for data analysis, generating synthetic data, and/or assisting in generating text for research proposals, questionnaires, and ethics applications.  We invite Participants in our Hackathon to explore the potential of ChatGPT and other LLMs to aid work in brain health.

Hosted by DBC, the Dynamic Brain Circuits in Health and Disease Research Excellence Cluster (https://braincircuits.med.ubc.ca/). DBC is part of the International Network for Bio-Inspired Computing (IN-BIC).

Hackathon Schedule

COMPETITION PERIOD 12:30 PDT March 24th, 2023 - 23:45 PDT March 26th, 2023
SUBMISSION PERIOD 12:30 PDT March 24th, 2023 - 23:45 PDT March 26th, 2023
JUDGING PERIOD 8:00 PDT March 27th, 2023 - 23:59 PDT April 7th, 2023

Hackathon Location

The exact location for the Hackathon will be sent in a later email.

Lunch and dinner will be provided to onsite Participants on March 25th and March 26th.

ChatGPT Plus or Other LLM Licence Subscriptions

DBC will reimburse the cost of a one-month license subscription for whichever LLM the Team chooses. This is only available for UBC-based teams.

Notes on Registration

Please respond to the welcome email with the following information:

  • Team name
  • Names of each Team member
  • Emails of each Team member
  • Affiliated institutions of each Team member
  • Whether you will be onsite or virtual
  • Whether you require a subscription to ChatGPT Plus or other LLMs

Notes on Prizes

The first Team to publish a paper based on their Hackathon Project in a peer-reviewed journal will receive an additional prize. 

Each member of the Team will receive UBC Bookstore merchandise equal to 100 $CAD, totaling up to 500 $CAD per Team. 

The top three Teams are required to present their Project at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH).


Participants may submit one (1) Project to be evaluated by the Hackathon Judges consisting of the following:

A Project Summary 

  • A written project summary of approximately 250 words.
  • Uploaded as a PDF or Word document. 

A Project Presentation

A Proof of Concept

Option A: A Project Code Repository
  • A link to a public GitHub repository containing any code produced or used for the project. 
  • The code within the repository is not required to be a fully functional prototype.
Option B: A Flowchart/Diagrammatic Representation
  • If no code is produced or used, include a flowchart/diagrammatic representation explaining algorithms, workflows, or processes that would be implemented.
  • The flowchart/diagrammatic representation should illustrate a solution model to the Team's problem with sufficiently compelling detail.
  • Please include the diagrammatic representation in the Project Summary document.

Hackathon Sponsors


$CAD2,250 in prizes

First Place

Each Participant on the winning (first-place) Team will receive UBC merchandise with a cash value equal to $CAD 200, totaling up to $CAD 1000 for a Team of 5 members.

Second Place (2)

Each Participant on the second-place Team will receive UBC merchandise with a cash value equal to $CAD 100, totaling up to $CAD 500 for a Team of 5 members.

Availability subject to the number of competing Teams.

Third Place

Each Participant on the third-place Team will receive UBC merchandise with a cash value equal to $50 CAD, totaling up to $CAD 250 for a Team of 5 members.

Availability subject to the number of competing Teams.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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Judging Criteria

  • Novelty
    Novelty is how original your idea is. If there is already something out there that is similar to or exactly the same as what you are making, then it is hard to argue that you have really produced anything useful.
  • Impact
    Impact is how the project will improve the life of the beneficiary, e.g., how helpful would it be for researchers that need to complete ethics paperwork regularly.
  • Usability
    Usability is about how adoptable your product is for the intended consumer.
  • Creativity and Technical Innovation
    Creativity and Technical Innovation is the cool-factor of your project. How interesting is your approach to aiding brain health research, what other new technologies or new brain health research does it incorporate into its design?
  • Polish
    Polish is all about how good your pitch is. What does your presentation look like, is the purpose of your project clear, does the proof-of-concept effectively convey how the prototype works?

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