DREAM Challenges
October 4, 2014

Upcoming Challenges

Upcoming Challenges

DREAM is moving from a model of a single launch of challenges a year to multiple launches a year.  We have been moving more informally to this model over the past several years and we are now formally moving to this as our operating model.

There are multiple challenges in the development / evaluation phase of DREAM. DREAM Challenges can take anywhere from 6 months to a year of development before they are announced and launched to the community. The DREAM Challenges team work with the challenge organizer/data provider to validate the data set; develop the challenge questions; and perform challenge dry runs with the data. There are several “check points” within the challenge development process where the team looks at the challenge and decides if it worthy to proceed with development. Sometimes it turns out that something we thought would work initially doesn’t.  For example, the data really won’t answer the scientific questions that need to be answered; or there isn’t enough data for it to be valid; or there is an error that is discovered in the data. For more information on the DREAM Challenge development process please see our paper in Nature Reviews Genetics
Crowdsourcing biomedical research: leveraging communities as innovation engines, July 2016

If you have an idea for a DREAM challenge, please contact us here.

Some challenges currently development that we will hopefully be announcing pre-registration for soon are in the topics of:

  • Cancer Genetics
  • Malaria
  • Phamacology
  • Single Cell

We are planning to launch challenges on a quarterly schedule going forward.  With DREAM Challenges generally launching on the “First Monday” of the month as follows:

  • February
  • May
  • August
  • November

Note we are not planning this to be a “strict” schedule, so there may be some challenges that launch in the general time frame, but we will keep it to within reason so there can be some planning by the community.


Upcoming DREAM Challenges that will be launching in the next 1-2 months with pre-registration available are listed below, with links to their Synapse pages: