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Can hackathons unlock a new talent pool from the developing world?

Hackathons not only advance science itself but also help to educate young biotechnologists and artificial intelligence enthusiasts and to build capacity in digital biotechnology in low-income settings.

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Fig. 1: UmojaHack Africa 2022 brought together participants to work and collaborate on three challenges.


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A.B. works for Zindi Africa, which organized the UmojaHack hackathon discussed. T.P.J. and N.L.C. posed the challenge for the same hackathon.

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Jenkins, T.P., Lopez Carranza, N., Bray, A. et al. Can hackathons unlock a new talent pool from the developing world?. Nat Biotechnol 40, 1297–1298 (2022).

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