Join the Pre-Hack
During this hackathon, we will tackle important challenges in science communication today; those relevant not just to CERN and EPFL, but also the wider scientific community.
Participants will visit facilities at CERN and EPFL, take part in interactive workshops to develop their hacking skills, and build networks with future colleagues, collaborators, and friends.
What is a hackathon?
A hackathon (a word created from "hack" and "marathon") is a collaborative solution development event. The goal of a hackathon is to find useful, creative or entertaining solutions to given problems together within the duration of this event. Participants in hackathons usually come from different areas and often work on their projects in cross-functional teams.
What do you mean when you say “science communication” ?
Science communication today takes many forms. There are classic ways such as documentaries, popular science books, and exhibitions, but also modern approaches like art expressions and social media engagement.
Who owns the idea developed during the hackathon?
You as a participant (or your employee if applicable) should remain the owner of all works you create during the hackathon. If you are employed, please do make sure you respect your terms of employment (e.g. in terms of ownership and declaration of intellectual property).
I’m interested to join in any way, should I register as a participant or as a mentor?
You can register for both. Based on your profile, experience, and interests, you may be selected as a mentor, a participant, or both. It's also important to think about how much time commitment can you give.
Is there financial support offered to students from outside Geneva?
Financial support may be available to potential attendees from outside Geneva who highlight a barrier to their attendance. Each application will be assessed individually. In order to maximize your chances of attending, we encourage you to look for funding elsewhere as well.
Is the participation free? Is food and accommodation provided?
Yes, the participation itself is free. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided during the hackathon for free and there’ll be plenty of snacks and drinks to keep you energized.
Do I have to speak English to participate?
How many people will be taking part in the hackathon?
Every challenge is designed for a team of 7. 7 challenges have been pre-selected for this year's hackathon.
Is it possible to have your own team and challenge?
For this year's hackathon, we have pre-selected the challenges. But if there is any project in the past that you have done and would like to merge with the pre-selected challenge, do express it when applying.