We ran another hackathon building bioinformatics pipelines in January, 2015 (repos at github/dcgenomics; paper on biorxiv -- search "hackathon"); it was awesome, so we decided to go further.
What it does
Six repos do a bunch of stuff -- check out the README.mds
How I built it
Inviting colleagues to be team leads. Inviting anyone to apply. Picking teams like fantasy football.
Challenges I ran into
I kept renaming the teams/repos. That was dumb.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Six functional software prototypes, likely equivalent to several person-years of work
What I learned
Little organizational tweaks make hackathons much more productive
What's next for Genomics Hackathons
DC (NCBI) -- January, 2016 Shreveport, LA (LSUS) -- March, 2016 Boston, MA (Brandeis) -- April, 2016