Summary

Attendance mode: in-person - remote participation is not supported.

Date: Mon 4. & Tue 5. March 2024

Location: Kaiserslautern, Germany

Fees: Free participation

Registration: [Deadline extended] Fill the form by February 19 2024

In this two-day hackathon, we invite talents to join us in imagining the future of scientific processes in the age of foundational models. Attendees will work in teams to propose the next “startup” that supports human-AI collaboration on scientific tasks. They will experiment with the powers and limitations of ChatGPT to develop a minimum viable product showcasing their idea then pitch it to the audience and a jury of experts.

Topics of Interest

The proposed solutions should tackle one or more of the following domains:

  1. Literature Review and Summarization (e.g., assist by summarizing research papers
    and stay up to date with the latest research)
  2. Hypothesis Generation (e.g., suggest new hypotheses or research directions)
  3. Experimental Design (e.g., suggesting methodologies, potential variables to consider, statistical analyses)
  4. Data Analysis Assistance (e.g., assistance in data interpretation, and potential correlations)
  5. Drafting Research Proposals and Papers (e.g., help with writing process and structure)
  6. Grant and Funding Manager (e.g., identify potential funding sources, help grant writing)
  7. Collaboration Facilitation (e.g., find potential collaborators by analyzing research trends or identifying researchers)
  8. Ethics and Regulatory guidance (e.g., preliminary guidance on ethical considerations and IRB submissions)

Participants can come up with their ideas and describe creative problems that they want to tackle in the hackathon event.

Output and Prizes

The teams are free to choose to use Chatgpt APIs and create a solution using Python or to use the web interface and document their prompt engineering. Teams should create their own ChatGPT accounts if they wish to use ChatGPT.

Each team should submit the following items:

  1. Startup name + 300-500 words description of their idea
  2. Python notebook with the code or documentation of the prompts used to solve the chosen problem. 
  3. Give a talk about their solution

The outputs will be published via the AI on Demand platform.

All attendees get a certificate of participation. Additionally, there will be 3 winning teams.

  • First team: 3 vouchers * 100 € each.
  • Second team: 3 vouchers * 50 € each.
  • Third team: 3 vouchers * 25 € each.

Agenda

PART I: Monday 4 March 2024

09:00 - 10:30 Welcoming and Introduction about the AI Ecosystem in the EU

📢 “The Research Cycle and LLMs” by Prof. Dr. Kaisa Väänänen 

📢 “Synthetic user research in the industry” by Dr. Jie Li 

Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Diving into the goals of the Hackathon

📢 Tutorial: “How to: pitch your start-up”

📢 Tutorial: “How to: prompt engineering”

📢 Tutorial: “How to: connect to the API”

Lunch and Lightening introductions 
14:00 - 15:30 Hackathon time to work on the projects

- Mentors will be available until 17:00

Coffee break
From 16:00 Hackathon time to work on the projects

- Mentors will be available until 17:00

- Rooms will be available unitl 21:00

PART II: Tuesday 5 March 2024

09:00 - 10:00 Finalize the projects and pitches
Coffee break
10:30 - 12:00 🎤 Pitches by the groups
Lunch and Jury Discussion
13:30 - 14:45 Closing and announcement of the winners 🏆

DFKI tour (ends ca. 15:30)

Invited Speakers

Kaisa Väänänen
Professor, Human-Technology Interaction
Tampere University,
Finland.
Jie Li
Human-Computer Interaction Researcher
EPAM Systems,
Netherlands.
Corey Wright
Director Startup Programs Europe
Start2 Group,
Germany.

Registration

We are looking for candidates familiar with using ChatGPT web interface if they plan to use only prompt engineering for their solutions or familiar with Python if they plan to use the API. You can come with your team, sign up alone and we assign you to a team or compete solo. 

Registration form: https://forms.gle/DdmNdNH4yW1QdpkJ6
Registration deadline: February 19 2024 January 30 2024

Notifications of Acceptance or Rejection

  • Applied until 30 Jan? Notification email latest by February 1, 2024.
  • Applied after 30 Jan? Notification email latest by February 21, 2024.

Please ensure that the email address provided in your application is accurate and regularly checked. We appreciate your patience and understanding

VISA Requests

Please note that VISA support letters are only possible if you have successfully registered for the hackathon and we have sent you an acceptance email. Please expect around 3 business days for processing time. If you’d like to have a letter, please send an email to <siobhan.oneill[at]insight-centre.org> with the following information:

  1. The full name like the passport
  2. Home Address (will be used to address the letter)

Planning your Trip

Hackathon Location

DFKI GmbH (German Centre for Artificial Intelligence)

Address: Trippstadter Str. 122, 67663, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Google pin: https://maps.app.goo.gl/5NReSf7kc7tURi789

Website: https://www.dfki.de/web

Arriving to Kaiserslautern

Arriving by Train

The closest train station is called "Kaiserslautern HBF". You can check train connections and buy the tickets from the Deutsche Bahn website or mobile application: www.bahn.de

Arriving by Plane

The closest civil airport is in Frankfurt am Main. From there, there are two possibilities of transport:

  1. By train - there are multiple connections throughout the day, however, usually change is necessary. The train station is located next to the airport (Frankfurt Flughafen) and it is possible to get there without walking outside of the buildings. The prices range from 15 to 40 EUR. The easiest way to manage your ride is with a DB app - it is possible to buy tickets there, get updates about routes etc.

  2. By bus - for example Flixbus offers direct connection from Frankfurt airport to the Kaiserslautern bus station. Prices range from 8 to 15 euros. However, there are only a few connections throughout the day.

Getting Around in Kaiserslautern

The closest bus stop is: Frauenhofer Centrum. Bus lines coming to the DFKI are 105, 115 and 116. You can also go to the university and then walk to DFKI, it takes about 5-10 min.

The company taking care of the buses is SWK-KL. You can check the connection here: https://www.swk-kl.de/produkte-services/busverkehr/busfahrplan, or download an app myVRN-APP to buy the tickets and check the connections.

Accommodation

Participants should self-organize their accommodation. Below are some close-by options.

Hotels

1/ Design Hotel Zollamt (the closest one to the hackathon site) (11 mins walk to DFKI) (link)

2/ Astra Garni Hotel (21 mins walk to DFKI) (link)

3/ B&B Hotel (near the train station) (27 mins walk to DFKI)(link)

4/ Art Hotel Lauterbach (bus station across the street) (35 mins walk to DFKI) (link)

Boarding houses

5/ Dietrich Felgner (19 mins walk to DFKI) (link)

6/ Lutrina-Gästehaus (26 mins walk to DFKI) (link)

Have questions?

Contact Siobhan O'Neill <siobhan.oneill[at]insight-centre.org>

Organizers

  • Siobhan O'Neill, Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics, University College Cork.
  • Anastasiya Zakreuskaya, ExSitu, Inria
  • Joanna Sorysz, DFKI GmbH & RPTU Kaiserslautern.
  • Stefan Gerd Fritsch, DFKI GmbH
  • Mohamed Selim, DFKI GmbH
  • Georgios Spathoulas, NTNU
  • Marco Hirsch, DFKI GmbH
  • Passant Elagroudy, DFKI GmbH & RPTU Kaiserslautern.
  • Paul Lukowicz, DFKI GmbH

This event is organized by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme through the European AI Networks of Excellence (NoEs): Humane AI Net , dAIEdge , ENFIELD in addition to the AI4Europe project. It is also supported by Start2 Group and SCOPE, as well as the following universities: RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau, UCC, and NTNU. The event is hosted by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) (Embedded Intelligence, Augmented Vision, and Data Science and its Applications departments).