eLife Innovation Sprint 2019

The eLife Innovation Sprint is a collaborative event where we bring together skilled developers, designers, technologists, researchers, etc to develop technological solutions and prototypes to change the way we share and consume science research.

The current science publishing system is slow, expensive, ineffective and closed: most of the research output is locked behind paywalls and difficult to reuse, and contributions of researchers are not credited transparently nor appropriately. At eLife, we believe strongly that open-source technologies can help solve some of these problems.

Last year, 62 participants from 9 countries worked on 12 different projects, from plug-ins and web-based tools to designing conceptual shifts in the way we share, review and endorse research. More than half of the projects continued beyond the Sprint, with some developing into fully functional prototypes with the support of eLife and other organisations such as the Mozilla Foundation and the Wellcome Trust. Participants established personal networks and collaborations lasting until today.

Apply now here – applications close on June 9

We operate a strict code of conduct that we expect all participants to abide by.

Application is free, and we are keen to provide travel and other types of support to applicants who otherwise would not be able to join the Sprint. Please refer to the diversity and inclusion and FAQ sections of our website for more details.

We are also looking for partners to support our diversity and inclusion efforts for the Sprint– please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are interested.

Find out more and apply now!


We have gender and geographic imbalances in our applicant pool ): Please help us reach out to open-source innovators with under-represented gender, and those from East Asia and South America :rainbow: We’ve extended the application deadline to June 9: elifesci.org/sprint. Thanks!