Partners HealthCare

Biobank Disease Challenge

Contest Details

Official Rules

These are the official rules that govern how the Biobank Disease Challenge will operate. This challenge will be simply referred to as the “challenge” throughout the rest of these rules and may be abbreviated on our website, in our documentation, and other publications as BDC.

In these rules, “organizers”, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Partners HealthCare (Partners); "participant”, “you,” and “yourself” refer to an eligible challenge participant.

Challenge Description

Partners is conducting an artificial intelligence and machine learning data analytics challenge. The focus of this challenge is to enable major translational data science players to leverage the Partners HealthCare Biobank Repository to develop phenotypic algorithms that will aid in determining a patient’s disease status.

This is a skill-based challenge and chance plays no part in the determination of the winner(s). All eligible entries received will be judged using the criteria described.

Tentative Challenge Schedule

The registered participants will be notified by email of any change in the schedule.

  • April 23, 2018 // Registration Opens
  • July 13, 2018 // Registration Closes
  • July 2 – August 19, 2018 // Practice on Platform
  • September 12 – October 10, 2018 // Competition


You are eligible to enter this challenge if you meet the following requirements: (a) You are an individual or a team of people (maximum of 4) desiring to contribute to the tasks of the challenge and accepting to follow its rules; and (b) You are a United States institution with an established reputation. (c) You are not an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, or child) or household member of an employee of Partners or Dell/EMC or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this challenge. (d) Your United States institution is willing to sign a Data Use Agreement with Partners Healthcare.