What is a Brainhack?

"These collaborative workshops combine elements of Hackathons and Unconferences, with a variety of educational activities, to accelerate the adaptation of data science and computational methods in Neuroscience. Much of the conference is allocated to open working time during which attendees are encouraged to work together in interdisciplinary teams on projects that utilize computational techniques to solve problems in neuroscience. Periodic unconference sessions provide an opportunity for attendees to share their expertise on topics that become relevant through the course of the event. In parallel to these activities, an educational track provide hands-on tutorials on relevant tools such as python, github, cloud computing, and innovative statistical methods."

Who can participate?

Everyone is invited! Brainhack events welcome researchers from every academic background and career stage interested in the brain. Each local event is encouraged to accept participants from diverse backgrounds. Although previous knowledge of neuroscience analysis software tools and methods is beneficial, it is not a requirement, and participation in Brainhack events can take on many forms. In summary, if you want to get involved, there’s a place for you.

Do I have to propose a project?

It is not obligatory to propose a project, but we strongly encourage you to consider proposing one. We find that you often get more out of a brainhack if you propose your own project. If we have more applications than space, we may have to give preference to applicants proposing a project.

How much does it cost?

The registration fee is 30 GBP and includes onsite coffee, lunch, and refreshments. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations.

Do you offer travel grants?

We are in the process of acquiring money to support travel. However, we cannot currently guarantee that we will be able to offer any support. If you require a travel grant, please indicate this in the application form and we will contact you should we be able to support you.

Code of Conduct

We aim at providing a space where we can all thrive, no matter if it is our first hackathon or if we have never missed one. Please find the Code of Conduct for all Brainhack Global events here.


The Brainhack will take in place in Cambridge, UK. We are graciously hosted by MakeSpace, and the Gates Foundation.

MakeSpace Cambridge

16 Mill Lane

Cambridge CB2 1RX

Gates Scholars Common Room

University Centre

Granta Pl

Cambridge CB2 1RU