Center for Global Research Data

Datathon Rules


  • All participants must register.
  • Registration is mandatory and space limited. Once a team is acceptedthey will be notified by email within approximately two weeks of registering their interest.
  • Judges are not eligible to participate in the Innovation Challenge. They may assist teams as mentors during the planning / development phase. 
  • There is no country restriction, but and winners are responsible for paying any taxes on the prize winnings. 

Team Formation 

  • Teams can consist of 1-5 members. Exceptions can be made for teams to have more than five members on a casebycase basis.  
  • Changes to team members are not permitted after FridayJune 21st at 11:00 AM ET.  

Project Development 

  • Entrants have the opportunity to participate in a pre-event webinar in May to learn about the problem. Accepted participants will receive an invitation to this webinar. 
  • Teams will be provided synthetic datasets at 11:15 AM the day of the event. The datasets provided are simulated representations of actual clinical trial datasets. These datasets were created expressly for this event to provide teams with a useful tool to test and utilize for their solution. 
  • The output of the Innovation Challenge may be code, pseudocode or a written plan of the solution presented to the judges.
  • No development may start before the actual date and time of the event. Any teams that violate this rule will be automatically disqualified.  
  • Any software development tools and/or programming language can be used for the event.
  • To ensure a level field for all contestants, all code, if coding is created, must be created only at the event. You are permitted to use publicly developed and openly licensed APIs for your project.
  • Project design/assets should conform to the Creative Commons License agreement standard or are freely available and you have permission or license to use them. Proof of permission must be given upon request.
  • A team can submit only one entry for the Innovation Challenge. Participation at the Innovation Challenge is subjected on a “per-team” basis meaning you are not allowed to be on more than one team at the event.
  • Any intellectual property developed during and within the scope of the Innovation Challenge are considered open source and licensed under one of the licenses referenced in
  • The license selected by the team must be clearly listed in code (page per page) or a generic page announcing the license the application adheres to. The public code used inside your application should also list the licenses the code is subjected to.
  • A team can use multiple licenses in the application.
  • A team may not code applications that violate the code of conduct.





Code of Conduct