Artificial Intelligence Hackathon at SIO2020

The SIO announces the 1st Artificial Intelligence Hackathon to be held at the upcoming SIO meeting in New Orleans on 1 February 2020.

Motto: “From Code To Bedside”

Submit your proposal by 29 November 2019 here and pitch your project idea live to the SIO audience and the judging panel. The winning team will receive the SIO Artificial Intelligence Seed Grant of $7000 to jump-start an AI research project and will be invited to present preliminary results during SIO 2021.

The SIO Artificial Intelligence Hackathon is a 1 hour open session at the annual SIO meeting 2020 in New Orleans that will give selected teams the opportunity to pitch their AI-based research project proposals with high translational value to a judging panel composed of SIO research committee members and industry representatives on the criteria of healthcare impact, innovation, translatability to product, and presentation. The winning team will receive a $7000 seed grant. The invited teams will be given 6 minutes of time to pitch their project and propose an AI-based solution to a specific clinical problem in IO, followed by 1 minutes of Q/A by the judging panel. The proposal should have a high translational value and implementation should have immediate impact on cancer care in a multi-disciplinary setting.

Teams interested in delivering a pitch must submit a “pitch abstract” to SIO by 29 November 2019. Notifications of acceptance for the session will be sent out by December 6, 2019. The winning team will be announced immediately after the session.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to Liver, Prostate and Lung Cancer Interventions, Image Analysis, Image Guidance Problems, Automated Delineation of Organs on Multi-parametric Imaging, Prediction of Therapy Outcomes and Response Assessment, Automated Diagnosis of Target Tumors, Cost Efficacy Applications, Streamlining of Clinical Workflow, QA and QI.

The SIO requests that pitching teams guarantee the availability of data necessary to complete the project, at least one member of your team must be at SIO 2020 in order to pitch. A single individual may be a part of up to 2 different teams and submissions.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:  

Pitch Structure (max 400 words in total for items #3-7 below):

  • Project Title and Team Name
  • Participants (including titles and affiliations, a mix of MDs and biomedical engineers / computer scientists is encouraged, a team can be from multiple institutions)
  • Background of Clinical Problem (including any competing solution/existing intellectual property)
  • Proposed Methodology (including description of infrastructure available and what is needed to solve the problem with machine / deep learning, summarized in up to 3 specific aims)
  • Available Data (e.g. number of images, patients, meta-data, EMR datasets)
  • Preliminary Results (if available)
  • Statement on Clinical Relevance (including timeline, pipeline of product / application development, value proposition and applicability)
  • Budget with Brief Justification (in a table for a total of $7000)






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