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Brainhack Donostia 2018 02nd May. - 04th May.

Brainhack Donostia 2018

Registration deadline: April 25th, 2018

Project submission deadline: May 1st, 2018

Hacking multimodal neuroimaging techniques to explore brain function and structure

Welcome to the very first edition of Brainhack Donostia, taking place in San Sebastian, Spain, between the 2nd-4th of May 2018, hosted by the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language!

As an official satellite event for Brainhack Global 2018 (organised by Cameron Craddock and the Neurobureau) this 3-days workshop will focus on tutorials introducing people to Neuroimaging techniques, such as fMRI, Diffusion, MEG, EEG and fNIRS, from preprocessing to data analysis (connectivity and decoding).

In a pure BrainHack style, participants are encouraged to bring their own projects to be developed and to recruit collaborators onsite. The projects can focus on fMRI, Diffusion, EEG, MEG and/or NIRS. They can also focus on multimodal imaging if you want!
However, given the space available, this edition will be able to host up to a maximum of three project development teams. For this reason, we invite you to submit your project beforehand on this website, specifically here. Yet, before submitting, check the links at the end of this page to verify that your project is eligible!
The projects that will be developed will be chosen on the first day of the Brainhack, giving precedence to those pre-submitted.

Working papers on the outcomes of the event can appear in the Gigascience Brainhack Thematic Series, and shorter project reports are eligible for the annual Brainhack Proceedings.

Can I participate if I don't have a project? Can I do both tutorials and projects?

Don't worry, projects are optional, both in proposing them and taking part in them!

Their development will take part at the same time as the tutorials. For this reason, we suggest you choose a track on the first day (HackTrack or TrainTrack, as our friends in Singapore like to call them) and not to change it. However, if the projects permit, we will not be strict about it!

What about the materials?

We will provide the tutorials contents and materials, as well as raw and preprocessed data from Open Databases, on our GitHub RepositoryThis data will be prepared in order to reduce the computational load (hence, the time) required to complete the workshops in a fair amount of time.
Nonetheless, if you want to bring your own data to analyse (and, given the possibility, ask specific questions about them), you're more than welcome to do so!

What should I bring with me?

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops (and if they can, a battery change and charger): we will not have a terminal for the attendees. For this reason, we will also communicate what software will be used in the tutorials, so that you can install it in advance (if you prefer to do so). Please try to install it before attending, but if a problem arises during installation, you can ask onsite for help in that step as well!

We will also prepare a Virtual Machine with all the software necessary to the tutorials, if you prefer not to install the programs into your laptop

Where can i find everything?

You can find it in this GitHub Repo!

Who can attend? What are the requirements? Do I need a background expertise on something, like programming?

Anyone can attend!

Although having already a basic knowledge of programming or neuroimaging analysis might help with the tutorials, don't worry: we will not leave anyone behind. If you are a first-timer, have no-clue-on-how-a-computer-works, and are interested in neuroimaging, this could the moment to take your first step!
From Undergraduates to Seniors, from Academics to industrials, we will welcome everyone. Just pay attention to the different fee tiers at the registration.
Don't forget: registration is mandatory, and you can do it here.

Will there be beverages and food provided?

We will not provide free food for lunch nor dinner, but you will be able to go to one of the venues near BCBL to eat, or bring your own food from home.
However, what we will do is to have fresh coffeein the main room, as well as coffee breaks.
We're also organising a social dinner for Thursday night!

It all sounds good, but where can I find more information about Brainhack?

There is a quick presentation here, about this satellite edition.
If you want to know more about how a Brainhack works, you can find the 2018 global edition website here!
If you prefer to have general information about more editions and projects, the general Brainhack website is here.
Last but not least, there's also a paper about it on Gigascience, here!


We will announce the definitive program asap


  • Introduction to Bash
  • Introduction to Python
  • Virtual Environments
  • Git


  • Preprocessing fMRI data
  • Quality assessment of fMRI data
  • Denoising physiological signals
  • Decoding brain patterns using MVPA


  • An introduction to electrophysiology techniques to explore your mind
  • From raw data to the insights of your brain
  • Connectivity analysis
  • Connectivity: from theory to practice


  • Introduction to fNIRS
  • How to Spectroscope your brain


  • Introduction to DWI
  • Quality assessment of DWI data
  • Preprocessing data
  • Find your path: tractography and group analysis

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