Events and outreach

Upcoming event: The Victoria Health Hackathon

We will be hosting the first ever health and regenerative medicine themed Hackathon here in Victoria during September 2018. Hackathons are focused events which bring together interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to front-line healthcare problems. This event is being held with support from the Centre of Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria, the B.C. Regenerative Medicine Initiative, Starfish Medical, and Island Health. We are currently looking for challenges to be addressed by our hackers at this exciting event. The challenges will be drawn from health-related needs in the local community and health care facilities and local teams of hackers will develop innovative solutions to these challenges.

Call for challenges: We are seeking a diverse array of health related challenges that can be addressed by groups of hackers in a one month time period as part of our Hackathon! These challenges can addressed through a variety of engineering disciplines, including biomedical, electrical, mechanical, and software engineering. Preference will be given to projects with strong in-kind support through either mentorship or donation of supplies or resources. The challenges should be no longer than 750 words in length.

Deadline for submission: July 31, 2018.

Event format: Hackers, mentors, and judges will be recruited over the summer to participate in our event. September 7 is our kickoff event to be held at the University of Victoria where we will present the challenges to the hackers and enable them to create teams. The teams will have until the hacking weekend to think about their approach to challenges. During this period, we will have a team of mentors who will answer questions about the challenges during that time. The hackathon itself will take place at Fort Tectoria September 28-30 with the solutions being judged on Sunday with an awards ceremony to follow. We will potentially do an update on the hacks the University of Victoria’s Biomedical Engineering Day on November 2, 2018.

Send your potential challenges for consideration and we will let you know by mid-August if yours has been selected for our competition. Also, if you are interested in serving as a judge or mentor, please email as well. We plan to open registration for the Hackathon in July.

Still puzzled about what a hackathon is? Check out the following links to similar events for inspiration!

Other events

Our Café Scientifique series is an informal series of talks designed to engage the public in learning about recent research in science. The talks, which are given by experts in the field, provide an opportunity to stimulate discussion around some of the most exciting topics in modern science.

The CBR Trainee Group includes over a hundred undergraduate and graduate students who are doing or are interested in biomedical research. Throughout the year many events are held by this group showcasing the student biomedical research happening on campus.

Additionally, we also host and sponsor events related to the following series and initiatives: