Elsevier is offering $35,000 in prizes and challenging software developers to help more than 15 million researchers, medical professionals, librarians and students navigate scientific content, improve scientific search and discovery, visualize sophisticated data in more insightful and attractive ways and stimulate collaboration.

Elsevier, the world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information, has opened their vast catalog of scientific content and provided APIs that enable developers to create apps that improve researcher productivity and workflow. Elsevier’s trusted content and meta-data integrates more than 10 million full text articles from over 2,500 journals and 11,000 books as well as over 42 million abstracts, citations and web content covering 18,000 titles from over 5,000 publishers.

Developers are encouraged to collaborate with researchers to develop the best apps to enhance the customer experience. Developers will retain full IP rights to their submissions and can host their apps on Elsevier’s SciVerse Application Marketplace where they can market their apps and gain revenue from 15 million users in over 10,000 institutions. Apps For Science is open to individual residents and organizations domiciled in seven countries: Australia, India, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$35,000 in prizes

Grand Prize

Second Prize

Third Prize

Honorable Mention (2)

Apple iPad

Popular Choice Prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

To Enter Apps for Science and start working on your app you will need to download Elsevier’s Software Development Kit (plugin for Eclipse) and get access to Elsevier’s APIs and premium content. To get started:

  1. Create an account on AppsForScience.com (this site) or log in at AppsForScience.com using an existing ChallengePost account.
  2. Register to participate in order to get access to Elsevier’s APIs . You must agree to share your email address, first name, and last name with Elsevier in order to set up an account on their SciVerse platform, receive an API key and access content.
  3. Download Eclipse at http://www.eclipse.org/ and the Elsevier Software Development Kit at http://developer.sciverse.com/sdk
  4. To test and run your app, upload it to your SciVerse account


Akhilesh Pandey

Akhilesh Pandey
Executive Editor Bioinformatics, Journal of Proteomics and Associate Professor, Institute of Genetic Medicine and the Departments of Biological Chemistry, Oncology and Pathology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Gully Burns

Gully Burns
Project Leader in Biomedical Knowledge Engineering, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California

James Hendler

James Hendler
Tetherless World Senior Constellation Professor Department of Computer Science and Cognitive Science Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Jeff Jonas

Jeff Jonas
Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics Group & IBM Distinguished Engineer

Lee Dirks

Lee Dirks
Director, Educational & Scholarly Communication, Microsoft External Research

Santo Politi

Santo Politi
General Partner, Spark Capital

Tony Askew

Tony Askew
Managing Director, Reed Elsevier Ventures

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of the Idea
    Includes elements like creativity and originality.
  • Implementation of the Idea
    How well it was executed. Includes user experience and design.
  • Impact
    Potential positive impact on SciVerse customers.

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