Last Updated: May 8th, 2018


Patient data provided for this event is open and freely available under the MIT License.

TCGA data use is governed by TCGA Policies and Guidelines.



The Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Hackathon (“Hackathon”) is an event in which interdisciplinary teams will work to further understand, develop potential interventions and advance the standard of care for  papillary renal-cell carcinoma type 1 (“p1RCC”).  The purposes of the Hackathon include the following:

*advance papillary renal-cell carcinoma research;
*contribute to real, ongoing patient case;
*create interdisciplinary opportunities for computer scientists and biologists;
*learn and develop skills in AI/ML, computational biology and cancer genomics; and
*build an open community for collaborative biomedicine discovery.

Entrants may create original solutions, prototypes, datasets, scripts, or other content, materials, discoveries or inventions (a “Submission”).  The Patient dataset used for this event (not the TCGA data) is open and freely available under the MIT License.

1) BINDING AGREEMENT: In order to participate in the Hackathon, you must agree to these Official Rules (“Rules”). Therefore, please read these Rules prior to participation to ensure you understand and agree. You agree that creation or use of a Submission in the Hackathon constitutes agreement to these Rules. You may not submit a Submission to the Hackathon unless you agree to these Rules. These Rules form a binding legal agreement between you and Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence (the “Hackathon Organizer”) and Bill Paseman (also an “Organizer”) with respect to the Hackathon.

2) ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to participate in the Hackathon, you must be: (1) above the age of majority in the country, state, province or jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry; and (2) not a person or entity under U.S. export controls or sanctions. Contest is void where prohibited by law.

If you are entering as part of a company or on behalf of your employer, these rules are binding on you, individually, and/or your employer. If you are acting within the scope of your employment, as an employee, contractor, or agent of another party, you warrant that such party has full knowledge of your actions and has consented thereto, including your potential receipt of a reward. You further warrant that your actions do not violate your employer’s or company’s policies and procedures.

3) SPONSOR: The Hackathon is sponsored by the Hackathon Organizer (“Hackathon Organizer” or “Sponsor”), a California nonprofit corporation  Delaware corporation with principal place of business at 145 Gardenside Dr., Unit 9, San Francisco California 94131.

4) HACKATHON PERIOD: The Hackathon begins at [Some time] Pacific Time (PT) Zone at [Some place] on May 18, 2018 and ends at [Some time] PT on May 20, 2018 (“Hackathon Period”). The Hackathon Organizer may extend the Hackathon Period in its sole discretion. ENTRANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING THE CORRESPONDING TIME ZONE IN THEIR RESPECTIVE JURISDICTIONS.

5) HOW TO ENTER.  To enter the Hackathon, register before 11:59 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time) on May 13, 2018 by following the instructions at

Entrants are entirely responsible for all costs and fees associated with entrant’s participation in the Hackathon, including (but not limited to) transportation, accommodation and living costs.

6) GENERAL CONDITIONS: All federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations apply. The Hackathon Organizer reserves the right to disqualify any entrant from the Hackathon if, in the Hackathon Organizer’s sole discretion, it reasonably believes that the entrant annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other entrants or the Hackathon Organizer.

7) INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: As between the Hackathon Organizer and the entrant, the entrant retains ownership of all intellectual and industrial property rights (including moral rights) in and to the Submission. As a condition of submission, entrant grants the Hackathon Organizer, its subsidiaries, agents and partner companies, a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display the Submission (1) for the purposes of allowing the Hackathon Organizer to evaluate the Submission for purposes of the Hackathon, (2) for the purposes of evaluating the Submission and improving the Hackathon Organizer and third party products, services, systems and networks (including Hackathon Organizer research activities, pursued alone or in collaboration with third parties), and (3) in connection with advertising and promotion via communication to the public or other groups, including, but not limited to, the right to make screenshots, animations and Submission clips available for promotional purposes.  Entrant agrees to include the following notice in all software where Entrant creates, develops, licenses, sells otherwise makes available that is based upon, arises out of or relates to the Submissions, the Hackathon, or entrant’s participation therein:


8) PRIVACY: Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Hackathon Organizer may collect, store, share and otherwise use personally identifiable information provided during the registration process and the Hackathon, including, but not limited to, name, mailing address, phone number, and email address. The Hackathon Organizer will use this information in accordance with applicable law. Participant’s information may also be transferred to countries outside the country of participant’s residence, including the United States. Such other countries may not have privacy laws and regulations similar to those of the country of participant’s residence.

If a participant does not provide the mandatory data required at registration, the Hackathon Organizer reserves the right to disqualify the entry.

Participant has the right to request access, review, rectification or deletion of any personal data held by the Hackathon Organizer in connection with the Contest by writing to the Hackathon Organizer at

9) PUBLICITY: By participating in the Hackathon, entrant agrees to Sponsor and its agencies use of his or her name and/or likeness and Submission for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.

10) WARRANTY: Entrants warrant that their Submissions are their own original work and, as such, they are either the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submitted Submission, or that they have obtained all necessary permissions to incorporate work that is not their own into their Submission, and that they have the right to submit the Submission in the Hackathon and grant all required licenses. Each entrant agrees not to submit any Submission that (1) infringes any third party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity or confidentiality obligations; or (2) otherwise violates the applicable state, federal, provincial or local law.

11) ELIMINATION: Any false information provided within the context of the Hackathon by any entrant concerning identity, mailing address, telephone number, email address, ownership of right or non-compliance with these Rules or the like may result in the immediate elimination of the entrant from the Hackathon.

12) INTERNET: Sponsor is not responsible for any malfunction of the entire Hackathon site or any late, lost, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, undeliverable, or destroyed Submissions or entry materials due to system errors, failed, incomplete or garbled computer or other telecommunication transmission malfunctions, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, typographical or system/human errors and failures, technical malfunction(s) of any telephone network or lines, cable connections, satellite transmissions, servers or providers, or computer equipment, traffic congestion on the Internet or at the Hackathon site, or any combination thereof, including other telecommunication, cable, digital or satellite malfunctions which may limit a participant’s ability to participate.

13) RIGHT TO CANCEL, MODIFY OR DISQUALIFY: If for any reason the Hackathon is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Hackathon, the Hackathon Organizer reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Hackathon. The Hackathon Organizer further reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who tampers with the submission process or any other part of the Hackathon or Hackathon site. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site, including the Hackathon site, or undermine the legitimate operation of the Hackathon is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, the Hackathon Organizer reserves the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent of the applicable law. Event participants will be held liable for any damage caused to people or property.

14) NOT AN OFFER OR CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT: Under no circumstances shall the submission of a Submission into the Hackathon, the awarding of a reward, or anything in these Rules be construed as an offer or contract of employment with either the Hackathon Organizer, or any other Hackathon entities. You acknowledge that you have submitted your Submission voluntarily and not in confidence or in trust. You acknowledge that no confidential, fiduciary, agency or other relationship or implied-in-fact contract now exists between you and the Hackathon Organizer or any other Hackathon entities and that no such relationship is established by your submission of an Submission under these Rules.  Hackathon participants hereby acknowledge that event participation is free of charge and that participation does not entail any right to compensation of any kind or to reimbursement of any expenses incurred.

15) FORUM AND RECOURSE TO JUDICIAL PROCEDURES: These Rules shall be governed by, subject to, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, United States of America, excluding all conflict of law rules. If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect. To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, seek injunctive relief or make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Hackathon are hereby excluded, and all participants expressly waive any and all such rights.