“We combine creative minds from CERN and non-profit organisations in interdisciplinary teams to work on humanitarian technology related benefits to society.”
Interdisciplinary teams of handpicked individuals chosen for their field-leading expertise and innovative minds combine humanitarian questions with state- of-the-art science, cutting-edge technology and endless fantasy.
The fusion of today’s real life problems analysis and a vision of scientific evolution of the next decades forces us to develop concepts and solutions for the future – hungry to use our expertise in challenges in new fields.
Why not? There are no excuses – there is no better place than here – no better time than now – nobody more creative than you. If you just want to!
Organised by THE Port Association, hosted by CERN IdeaSquare and with partners from other non-governmental organisations, a three-day problem solving workshop hackathon devoted to humanitarian, social and public interest topics. Interdisciplinary teams of hand selected participants working together in the fields of: communication – transport – health – science – education – work – culture – data
If you sucessfully pass the application, you will be informed about your team members and your topic 6 weeks ahead of the final event. In this preparation phase your team will be supported to organize videoconferences to get to know each other. A collaborative workspace will allow you to jointly collect and communicate ideas, develop specifications, share inspirational pictures and videos, compose lists of needed materials and tools, discuss your strategy and co-edit concept papers, source code and presentations.
Your team coach and a pool of Experts On-Call will be available to help finding organisational and technical solutions. The day before the hackathon you will have the chance to visit experiments at CERN and meet our team in their usual work environment.
During the hackathon you will only have a few scheduled events. After a short welcome and introduction part you will introduce yourself (now in-person) to your team in a 3 minute pitch. In the evening of the first day your team will pitch your project to the other teams in 5 minutes. A midterm review on the second day will allow you to collect external feedback on your findings. A joint work breakfast on the 3rd day will give you the chance to glance into the topics of the other teams.
Your results you will present and demonstrate in a 8 minute pitch to a broad audience at the cocktail reception in the evening. The after party will give you more space and time for discussion, review and networking. A one page summary of each teams results will be published together with all produced hardware, source code and documentation.
Originally composed from ‘Hack’ and ‘Marathon’ this problem-solving workshops started for intensive collaborative work between software developers – more general, as in our case, it is often seen as limited time innovation focused collaborative effort.
Participants are informed mid September about their topic and team and are supported in the following 6 weeks to prepare the 72 hour final. At CERN the Hackathon will contain only few scheduled events: a short introduction phase, mid therm and final reports.
To apply candidates are requested to fill a online questionnnaire and provide a one page CV before the 1st June 2015. A Selection Team and THE Port Advisory Board propose candidates for a short video interview between the 18th August and 25th August on which the assembly of the interdisciplinary teams is based on.
You will receive a Welcome brochure before the start of the event. There you will find a detailed description how to reach us including your arrival procedure and emergency telephone numbers of the local organisers. On Friday, 2nd October you will also be able to find signs guiding you to event space.
During the event we will provide you with some basic snacks and drinks. Anyhow we strongly recommend to leave the event space for a proper meal once per day with other team members and CERN staff to exchange ideas, brainstorm, …
You will need to pay for your travel and your accommodation (we are able to offer free accommodation only to a limited number of participants), participation in the event is however free of charge. You might want to join THE Port Association as member though, where a membership fee applies.
No, other than the word hackathon implies, THE Port hackathons are not necessarily purely software related projects and could therefore be of all kinds of nature. Thus we create multidisciplinary teams to add as much variety on skills to the teams as possible.
No, due to limited budgets we are not able to provide free accommodation for everybody. However, we can support with booking and free of charge accommodation for a limited number of participants.
Our topics selected for the 2014 edition were inspired by friends and colleagues working at Red Cross, Unosat, Skyguide and United Nations. An introduction of the example topics in video clips you find here and here.
Barbara Warmbein • DESY • Linear Collider communication and LHC communication for Germany
Ben Segal • Honorary CERN-IT staff member • Citizen Web Science projects, seminars and hackfests within and outside CERN
David Galbraith • Tech entrepreneur, former architect, now designer of digital things – including RSS, Yelp, ‘pinning’
Erik van der Bij • CERN • Departmental Knowledge Transfer Coordinator and Open Hardware advocate
Francois Grey • Université de Genève and Citizen Cyberscience Centre • Associate Professor at the University of Geneva
Neal Hartman • Berkeley Lab • Director and President at CinéGlobe Film Festival
Robin M. Coupland • former ICRC • Field Surgeon and Medical Adviser
Sascha Schmeling • CERN • Head of Teacher Programmes and Education Research
Sara Sekkenes • United Nations Development Programme • Adviser, Conflict Prevention and Recovery
We are looking for volunteers who are willing to share their creativity, innovative thinking and expertise with the teams.
If you want to contribute as ‘Expert On-Call’ and agree to be contacted during the 1.5 month preparation phase, the 72 hour final or both, please sign up with your field of expertise. You have the choice how and when the teams are allowed to contact you. Obviously you are more than welcome to visit the teams during the final and contribute with ideas or constructive feedback.
Your membership at THE Port association allows you to take part in the general assemblies, to vote on decisions and the election of the executive committee. All membership categories have the same voting right. The membership allows you to take an active part in our association and propose yourself for open posts. You have the chance to propose topics and candidates, as well as helping in the organisation of the events.
Furthermore with becoming a member of “THE Port” association, you will be informed well in advance about events that will take place in the future and you will receive exclusive THE Port gadgets.
A reduction of 2 CHF/year can be requested by members of the CERN Staff Association or similar or staff associations of other non-governmental organizations.
Get in touch with us!
If you have an idea for a project, topic or question we should work on or you have a general question to the event or our association, please feel free to contact us.