2023 ASI Systems Immunology SIG Hackathon


23 to 25 October 2023


12:00pm 23 October to 12:00pm 25 October


Arts West Building, University of Melbourne Campus


Member Price $50.00
Member Student $50.00
Non-Member Price $100.00
Non-Member Student $100.00

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ℹ️ We are opening registrations only to invited participants. If you’d like to register, but missed the initial EOI deadline, please reach out to [email protected]

Join us for the 2023 ASI Systems Immunology Hackathon

A Joint ASI – OzSingleCell “Grand Challenge” Workshop

We are excited to announce the return of the ASI - OzSingleCell Hackathon in 2023. It will take place the 23rd-25th October in Melbourne prior to the OzSingleCell annual conference (25-27th Oct). This year's theme is focused on "Clonal Biology" and will bring together early-career researchers and leaders in single cell genomics, clonal biology, and immunology to tackle some of the grand challenges that exist in the analysis and interpretation of clonally-related cells in single-cell genomic datasets.

Cells sharing the same clonal origins contain identical sets of genetic material and they pass this on to their progeny. Recent advances in single-cell analysis has allowed for the simultaneous detection of the transcriptome and other modes of data to allow us to track a cell's clonality, which has revolutionised our capacity to understand single cell types and their fates and origins. This is particularly notable in the field of immunology, particularly for studies working on clonal selection of B and T lymphocytes. Recent advances in single-cell lineage tracing technologies have also been applied to other cell types, such as dendritic cells or cancer cells. Regardless of the technology used to identify clonally-related cells, or the biological system, many challenges and opportunities exist in terms of testing biologically meaningful hypothesis with such sparse and complex datasets. 

The ASI - OzSingleCell Hackathon 2023 aims to bring together experimental (wet-lab) and computational (dry-lab) scientists working in the field of clonal biology, including those working with single-cell technologies like lentiviral barcoding, BCR/TCR clonotyping, and mitochondrial lineage tracing. Others from disparate fields such as UX/UI engineers, AI/ML, deep learning, graph neural networks, computer vision or image preprocessing, causal inference are also encouraged to attend. Data challenges may involve developing new methods for intra-/inter-clonal gene expression signatures, data architecture of clonotype information, or data visualisation.

By spending time in a room together, this event aims to foster new collaborations, connections and tools to build on Australia's capabilities in single-cell genomics. The intended outcomes for this workshop are:

  • Seeding of new projects and collaborations
  • New tools for single-cell clonality visualisation and/or analysis
  • Publication of a Grand Challenges summary

We are capping the number of participants in this event (50 people) to allow for interactions in small groups and maximise the discussions and collaboration. If you are interested in participating, please complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) below. More details will follow at a later date.

Register before September 15th 23:59 AEST

🚩 Please register now as there will be a cap of 50 participants to allow for interactions in small groups.


Day 1
The participants will arrive to Uni Melb Arts West Building and the event will begin promptly as 12pm in one of the tutorial/discussions rooms. There will be a ~1hr introductory meeting for all participants and this will immediately be followed by the actual hackathon event. Participants will be free to organise into their groups for their (open-ended) activities. Afternoon tea will be provided. From 7pm, participants will move to WEHI tea room where there will be dinner (pizza) and snacks for the rest of the evening (until 10PM – optional to stay late).

Day 2
The hackathon even will begin again from 7.30am at Uni Melb Arts West Building until 5pm.
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Day 3
Participants will gather at Melbourne Connect auditorium in the morning and present their progress and outcomes to the group. 12 pm finish.


ℹ️ Your health and safety are our priority. This is a COVID-safe event with the following rules to adhere to:

  • All delegates and exhibitors may be asked to present a NEGATIVE Rapid Antigen Test before travelling to the conference.
  • All attendees must comply with the Safety Plan advised by public health orders to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on the premises. 
  • All attendees are encouraged to wear a mask particularly at indoor venues
  • All attendees are encouraged to contact the Organising Committees if they exhibit symptoms and consider cancelling their registration or participating remotely to minimise transmission
  • ASI will not cover expenses associated with extra accommodation or alternative transport costs due to isolation requirements should attendees test positive at the event. All attendees should be aware that the events are ‘Attend at your own risk'.  

Disclaimer  of Liability 

The Organising Committee will not accept liability for damages of any nature sustained by participants or their accompanying persons or loss of or damage to their personal property as a result of the meeting or related events. 

Should the event be cancelled due to COVID-related restrictions, the Organising Committee shall endeavour to reschedule.  All participants who have paid a registration fee may receive a full refund on the registration fee, but all participants hereby indemnify and hold the Organising Committee unaccountable for all out-of-pocket travel and quarantine -related costs, damages and expenses. 

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ℹ️ We are opening registrations only to invited participants. If you’d like to register, but missed the initial EOI deadline, please reach out to [email protected]

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