This Cell Modeling Hackathon in Half Moon Bay, CA was a three day long event designed to bring together experimentalists and modelers together and explore ways to collaborate. On the first morning, participants described their work, after which we conducted a series of structured interactions with the goal of eventually pairing everyone up into groups of 2-3. After that, the groups spent the rest of the meeting working together to build new models of interesting processes. These joint projects mostly entailed either building models to predict experimental results or explain known phenomena, or combining two different models together into a joint model. The goal was not only to launch new collaborations but also to explore how best to catalyze interaction between modelers and experimentalists.
Location and Travel:
The Hackathon will take place at the Mavericks Conference Center in Half Moon Bay, CA, Mar 4-6. Because of generous support from the National Science Foundation, registration was free. Air travel (domestic coach-class) to and from the event, hotel reservations, workshop registration, workshop meals, and prearranged shuttle transportation from the airport to and from the event were all provided free of charge.