BrainHack Donostia is an event focused on Neuroscience that brings students, researchers, users, and non-academic industry professionals together to explore the multiple applications of neuroimaging tools from a cross-disciplinary perspective. BrainHack Donostia is part of a larger initiative with this same goal that holds simultaneous events all over the world (www.brainhack.org). A cornerstone of BrainHack is the promotion of responsible research and innovation in an inclusive, open, and transparent manner. Accordingly, knowledge sharing activities and the use of open-source resources are two basic tenets of BrainHack. Through talks, hands-on tutorials, and the development of projects, attendees explore and actively learn how to deal with data acquired using different neuroimaging techniques such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magneto-/Electroencephalography (M/EEG), or Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS).
The first edition of BrainHack Donostia was held in May 2018 at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL), a world-class interdisciplinary research center located in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain. For three days, attendees from all over Europe worked together and learned about various neuroimaging tools and software for data handling (involving data preprocessing, analysis, and presentation). Specialized talks on how to process and analyze MRI, MEG, and NIRS data using state-of-the-art tools were complemented by hands-on tutorials where attendees were able to put these procedures into practice. Despite being a pilot experience, BrainHack Donostia 2018 was a success in terms of participation and attendance (50 attendees) as well as organization, as reflected in the participants' feedback after the event.
For the second edition, we face the challenge of improving the past edition’s accomplishments. A gender-balanced board of researchers from BCBL is building another three-day workshop composed of talks, tutorials, and project development sessions. Following the philosophy of BrainHack, we will focus on learning and developing high-quality, cutting-edge tools for handling neuroimaging data, while also sharing experiences and building new collaborations among researchers, students, and industry professionals. The challenge for this year is to improve project development and, in particular, to create collaborations that will continue past the event. In addition, for the first time, we will host three international keynote speakers that will share their experience and knowledge in their respective neuroimaging specialty. By doing so, we will contribute to the goal of sharing knowledge openly and transparently across disciplines and specialties, and to the development of open-source tools.
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