Week of Competition
Bioinformatics Contest is a programming competition among individuals.
Solve bioinformatics problems online and compete with thousands of people worldwide!

There will be no Contest in 2022.
We hope to resume the competition in the future!
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1 week
June 12 – 19
24 hours
June 26
Computer Science
Molecular Biology

Online on Stepik
About the Contest

You will need to solve bioinformatics problems using programming and data analysis. The goal is to solve as many problems as possible within 24 hours. Both rounds will be held online. Submissions will be auto-graded in real time. Some problems will be the approximate ones and will be graded partially.

Please see FAQ for more details.
Winners 2021
1st place (GOLD)
Maksym Kovalchuk – 8073.43 points

2nd place (SILVER)
James Matthew Holt – 8000.47 points

3rd place (BRONZE)
Aleksey Shmelev – 7953.56points

4th place
Zakhar Iakovlev – 7880.85 points

5th place
Luyu XIE – 7805.54 points

6th-30th places
Sergey Zolotarev, Takuki Kurokawa, Yanru Guan, Jeffrey Ho, John Smith, Nikita Golikov, Virgile Andreani, Guilherme de Sena Brandine, Nobuaki Tanaka, Kevin Sun,
Andrey Efremov, SYury, Max Balsells, Jhao-Wei Fan, Weicheng Wang, Yaroslav Geraskin, Che-Yu Lin, Mike Kolupaev, Siqi Wang, MinGyu Lee, Aleh Shakhno, Yury Pisarchyk, Philipp Danzinger, Loc Tran, Peter Trebaticky

The Final Standings 2021

Bioinformatics Contest took place in June, 12–27. You can check out some reviews on Stepik
Live stream 2021
This 2-hour live stream was recorded on June 27, 2021 during the Contest's final hours. We discussed how the Contest was organized, how the team created the problems, talked to the problem authors and some of the top participants.
Check it out below!

Prizes 2021
1st prize:
Whole Genome Sequencing*

2nd and 3rd prizes:

Whole Exome Sequencing*

4th and 5th prizes:
23andMe or Genotek DNA Service*

6th-30th prizes:
Honorable Prize: Bioinformatics T-Shirt

* All genetic testing will be conducted by third parties depending on the winners' location. Organizers reserve the right to change the prize if it is unavailable at that location or by local legislation.
Contest 2021 Team

Bioinformatics Contest problem sets are developed by the team including experts from ITMO University — the only 7-time winner of the world top programming competition and well-known for the top-ranked competitive programmers.

Contest Developers
  • Vitalii Aksenov
    ITMO University
    Developers Coordinator
  • Alexey Sergushichev
    ITMO University
    Developers Coordinator
  • Nikita Alexeev
    ITMO University
  • Nikolay Budin
    ITMO University
  • German Demidov
    Institute of Medical Genetics and Applied Genomics
  • Aleksandra Drozdova
    ITMO University
  • Gennady Korotkevich
    ITMO University
  • Daniil Oreshnikov
    ITMO University
  • Andrey Prjibelski
    CAB SPbU
  • Dmitry Sayutin
    ITMO University
  • Grigorii Shovkoplias
    ITMO University
Contest Organizers
  • Aleksandra Panteleeva
  • Ekaterina Vyahhi
  • Lada Antonova
Partners & Sponsors 2021
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Previous Contests
  • Bioinformatics Institute is a non-governmental non-profit research and educational institution. Our mission is to educate the new generation of highly skilled professionals and popularize bioinformatics in Russia. The Institute's programs, events, and online courses are open to students and professionals with mathematics, computer science or biology background. Our main research area is NGS bioinformatics and its application towards systems biology and medicine.
  • ITMO University is the leading Russian university in the field of Computer Science. It is the alma mater of winners of numerous international programming competitions such as ACM ICPC, Google Code Jam, and Facebook Hacker Cup. Several bioinformatics research groups gradually formed around these CS-champions, and ITMO University aims to further develop the area with initatives like Bioinformatics Contest and Master program in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology.
  • Stepik is a cloud-based platform that is designed to create and distribute interactive educational content as well as provide various types of automatically graded assignments with real-time feedback. The platform is suitable for a multitude of e-learning activities, from private on-campus classes to massive open online courses (MOOCs).
  • Rosalind is a platform for learning bioinformatics and programming through problem solving. It offers an array of intellectually stimulating problems that grow in biological and computational complexity; each problem is checked automatically so that the only resource required to learn bioinformatics is an internet connection.
Stay tuned!