OpenFPM Hackathon: Winter 2023 (Archived)

OpenFPM Hackathon

We are pleased to announce the first OpenFPM Hackathon to take place February 9/10, 2023 at the Center for Systems Biology Dresden.

With OpenFPM developing into a global open-source project for scalable scientific computing, the community desires to meet in order to synchronize contributions, review and produce code, and get to know the core developers personally.

This 2-day in-person Hackathon is aimed at users, contributors, and developers. The core OpenFPM Developers will be present and available during the entire hackathon, so this is a great opportunity to get your ideas and wishes into the project and start close collaborations with them.

But the Hackathon also welcomes people with little or no C++ coding skills who are willing to use the two days to contribute towards the OpenFPM documentation, tutorials, or revamping the OpenFPM web page.

Additionally, we welcome potential new users and people who are interested in learning more about OpenFPM in order to decide whether to start using it. You will have all the expert users and developers on site to talk to and answer your questions, and you can implement a first own hands-on example implementation to get familiar with OpenFPM and its usage.

But most importantly, this serves as a kick-off meeting for building a global community around OpenFPM. Be part of it!

Time and Location:

Location: Center for Systems Biology Dresden, Pfotenhauerstr. 108, D-01307 Dresden, Germany. Seminar Room Top Floor. For directions, please see here.

Time: February 9 and 10, 2023 (2 days) with the following agenda:

Day 1 - Feb 9, 2023:

09.00 - 12.30 Topic discussion, code review, division of tasks 12.30 - 13.30 Lunch break (self-paid) 13.30 - 16.30 Active coding 16.30 - 18.00 Problem review & feedback

Day 2 - Feb 10, 2023:

09.00 - 12.00 Active coding 12.00 - 13.00 Lunch break (self-paid) 13.30 - 14.00 Preparing 10 min presentation 14.00 - 16.00 Plenary project presentation and discussion 16.00 - 17.30 Friday seminar & beer hour

Travel logistics and fee:

Participation in the hackathon is free of charge. There is no registration fee.

Participants are expected to book and cover their travel arrangements by themselves. We can not provide financial or administrative support for travel to and from Dresden. Also, food during the hackathon is on self-pay basis. There is a canteen conveniently on site, and several affordable restaurant options in walking distance. Budget around 10 Euros for a meal.

You can find directions to CSBD here.

If you are arriving by train, both Dresden Main Station and Dresden Neustadt station are conveniently connected to our institute by tramway or bus.

If you are arriving by plane, the easiest option is to look for flights into Dresden International Airport. Intercontinental connections need to transit in Zurich, Munich, or Frankfurt. From Dresden airport, there are trains to the city center (travel time 10 min) or you can take a taxi cab for around 30 Euros. Alternatively, the airports of Berlin (BER) and Prague are also feasible options. From there, buses and/or train service runs to Dresden in about 90 minutes.

For accommodation, there are several hotels in walking distance from the institute, and many more in the city center with tramway service running to the institute.

We can recommend the following hotels in the vicinity:

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have questions or require assistance with hotel booking.


Everyone interested is welcome to attend, regardless if you are already an OpenFPM crack, a beginner, or not yet using it at all; regardless if you want to contribute code, learn for yourself, or work on documentation and web page. There is something for every skillset.

If you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to the organizer Serhii Yaskovets, so we can have a tally and book rooms accordingly. This also applies to local applicants from CSBD itself or other Dresden institutions. Thanks!

Registration deadline: Jan 31, 2023.

Proposed topics

Following are some ideas for topics people could work on. But of course, the ideal case is that participants come with their own topics and goals and take advantage of the presence of the OpenFPM Developers in order to get them realized and suggest changes or extensions to the library core. Feel free to e-mail your topic to the organizers ahead of time, or simply bring it along with you to the opening plenary!

Importantly, there are also topics, like writing documentation or redoing the OpenFPM web page, that do not require C++ coding skills. In this sense, the hackathon also welcomes participants wishing to work on these important topics.

Topic proposal collected so far: