BioDT Hackathon: Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) - First End-Users Workshop

BioDT Hackathon Bring Your Own Data (BYOD), the first BioDT end-users workshop, takes place from 28th to 30th of November, 2023 in Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany.

What is the BioDT Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) Workshop?

The BYOD Workshop is a one-of-a-kind hackathon that aims to involve the community of users through a co-design approach, ensuring that the development of Digital Twins remains user-centric and aligns with the real needs of the scientific community.

Maintaining a user-centric approach is crucial to the success of the BioDT project. To create tools that truly meet the needs of users, BioDT engages user communities and research infrastructures to gather their requirements and feedback. The three-days workshop is design to let experts test the technological prototypes in advance, gather users' inputs and share them with technical partners to ensure effective co-design process.

To guarantee that the solutions BioDT designs align with the requirements of the future users, we've committed to strike a balance between IT experts and domain experts. This is why we've invited carefully chosen experts to guarantee the highest quality outputs.

The series of two workshops Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) and Bring Your Own Model (BYOM) will help BioDT connect with communities beyond the consortium and swiftly familiarise them with the use of Digital Twin services, data, and models. Our primary focus is on life science, marine science, and climate science communities. By leveraging partner networks and ongoing relationships, BioDT engages with the relevant organisations and data holders.

While we would love to have everyone join us at this remarkable event, the Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) Hackathon is an invitation-only gathering. We have extended invitations to distinguished experts in the field who will be instrumental in helping us test the prototype Digital Twins (pDTs) and provide invaluable feedback.

Event Venue and Date

The event takes place at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. The event is scheduled from November 28th to 30th, 2023.



28 November

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch break

13:00 - 14:00

Welcome & Registration

14:00 - 16:00

Panel: Introduction into pDTs, R shiny app, and Lexis.

  • General BioDT introduction 
  • BEEHAVE pDT introduction
  • GRASSMIND pDT introduction
  • R Shiny App introduction
  • LEXIS introduction

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 - 17:30

Panel: Juliano Gordillo - how and what metadata needs to be produced?


29 November

09:30 - 10:30

BEEHAVE: What can the digital twin feed back to the physical system?

10:30 - 11:00 

BEEHAVE: Data preperation - Look up tables of floral resources. Land cover data (e.g. new input by Blickensdoerfer et al. 2022), weather data (e.g. Copernicus, pvgis), or calibration data (anything else than TRACHTNET), authorship (look up table).

09:30 - 11:00

GRASSMIND: Components and structure of input data and observation data for pDT (presentation on an example site and discussion on what kind of data do we have and want to try).

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30

BEEHAVE: Executing simulations
GRASSMIND: Preparation of own input and observation data files

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Panel: Design principles for DTs in Ecology: What do we need to be a DT & common components in DTs- input by Taimur - how can we conceptualise the feedback to the physical system?

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 - 17:30

BEEHAVE: Looking at output of simulations. Discussing usefulness of pollination pDT and its features. How can we achieve landscape assessment? Survey.

GRASSMIND: Preparation of own input data files (and observation data for comparison to output data)


30 November

09:30 - 10:30

BEEHAVE: How can we give feedback into the real world?

GRASSMIND: open space, general discussion & questions

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 - 12:00

Panel: What happens with brought in data? Data paper option & Wrap-up

12:00 - 13:00





This event is on invitation only but if you have any questions or want to know more about the pDTs please contact us using this form.

BioDT Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) Hackathon- first End-Users Workshop
Internal event
Leipzig, Germany