iEvoBio: Informatics for Phyogenetics, Evolution, and Biodiversity Conference - Ottawa, Canada. Theme: Sythesizing Treesgraft detail
10-11 July 2012
Ottawa, Canada
Sister meeting with Evolution 2012



2012 Geneious Challenge

Evolutionary research has many tools with many interfaces and many parameters. Learning each new tool can be tiresome, so putting as many tools as possible into a single platform with a single learning curve makes a lot of sense.

In 2012, Biomatters is sponsoring a new challenge as part of iEvoBio. The 2012 Geneious Challenge will run in parallel to the iEvoBio Challenge and we're challenging you to create any new feature, analysis or visualization as a plugin to Geneious Pro that meets our basic criterion - it has to be awesome. Using our Public API, you could wrap an existing algorithm alignment, assembly or phylogenetic algorithm, build a massive treeviewer for phylogenies with 1000+ taxa, implement a tree comparison algorithm, develop a cool way to display multiple trees in three dimensions, dare to be different and visualize a circular sequence alignment, contig scaffold viewer for NGS data, or simply application or web-service to provide something novel to the Geneious platform - we don't care! It just has to be awesome!

$1000 cash prize will be awarded for first place and 12-month subscription licenses for Geneious Pro will be provided to all entrants that submit their plugin before June 25, 2012 for judging*. The winning entries will be selected by a vote of the iEvoBio meeting participants. Meeting participants will be asked to vote for the entry which makes the most substantial novel contribution, so each entry must be easily recognizable as a distinct contribution from the previously existing architecture of Geneious Pro.

Plugin entries have no requirement to be recently published or unpublished, but must be open-source software that is released either under the LGPL 2.0+ or similar, so that Biomatters can donate the plugins to the Biocode Commons, a freeware initiative that will allow others to build on your code.


Submissions must be made by June 25, 2012 to Your submission is only received when acknowledged by a reply email, so please ensure that you have a reply.

  • Abstract - describing the plugin and how it works
  • Screenshots - illustrative descriptions along with captions showing how the plugin is useful
  • Source Code - this will be your enduring contribution to the Geneious fabric for which you will be acknowledged
  • Plugin - the primary item on which you're judged

Also see the Geneious Challenge page at Biomatters Ltd. for possible updates or additional information.

*Biomatters reserve the right to rule non-functional or intentionally useless plugin submissions as ineligible for prizes.

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