Birds of a Feather Sessions

Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions provide face to face exposure to those interested in the same projects and concepts. BOFs can be organized for individual projects (DAS, GeneX, biodiversity informatics), or broader topics (standards, policy, ethics). BOFs are entirely up to you. We post your topic on line and on site and provide the space and time. You provide the engaging topic.

BOFs will be held Monday 6-7:30 pm, Tuesday 7:30-10 pm, and Wednesday 9-10 pm.

Please note that audio/visual equipment, including projection equipment, will not be available for BOF sessions. If you require any audio/visual equipment, you may contact the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa for rental rates.

If you have any questions regarding the BOF schedule, feel free to contact Gretchen Bartholomew via email:

The following BOFs have been scheduled for the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference.

Date: Tuesday, January 29
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Canyon I
Topic: Clustering BOF (Panel)
Moderator: Chris Dagdigian
Panel: Glen Otero, LinuxProphet
Summary: Informal BOF session for people interested in clusters and compute farms for life science research.
Date: Tuesday, January 29
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 pm
Location: Canyon I
Topic: JAM BOF
Moderator: Nathan Torkington
Summary: Inviting all the musically-inclined to get together and JAM!
Date: Tuesday, January 29
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Location: Canyon II
Topic: Open Informatics Petition
Moderator: Jason Stewart, Director of Open Informatics
Summary: This informal BOF will discuss the future directions of the petition to require that publicly funded software be released Open Source (
Date: Tuesday, January 29
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Location: Canyon III
Topic: Utilizing Math Modeling Toolkits in Bioinformatics
Moderator: Larry D. Tindell; International Codon Institute
Panel: Lifeng Tian; The MathWorks, Inc. (MATLAB)
Rob Henson
Ned Gulley
Summary: Math Modeling Toolkits such as MATLAB can be of great value in developing and testing algorithms for Bioinformatics. Problems ranging from sequence alignment to microarray data analysis may be modeled and tested using available toolkits. Once an algorithm proves effective, it may be converted to C/C++ for efficient execution. This BoF will bring BioCon participants together with vendors and research groups to discuss toolkit applications, data visulization and suggest toolkit improvements.