On September 14 - 18, 2020, the Buckler Lab hosted its second virtual Hackathon due to the on-going social distancing requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic. As with the previous virtual hackathon, participants used remote meeting technology to collaborate on developing plant breeding bioinformatic tools. This is part of the Buckler Lab’s overall mission to make bioinformatic tools more cost-effective, and therefore more accessible, to a range of breeding programs.
During the second virtual hackathon, the Buckler team focused on compiling annotated proteins into pathways. Additionally, hackathon collaborators assembled and annotated genomes and started to transfer pipelines developed in-house to the Austin Advance Computer Center. This transfer will continue in future hackathons.