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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.
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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 challenges. Interdisciplinary teams of hand selected participants working together in the fields of:
communication – transport – health – science – education – work – culture – data
CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
2nd – 5th October 2020
If you successfully pass the application, you will be informed about your team members and your challenge 6 weeks ahead of the final event. In this preparation phase your team will be supported to organize video conferences 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 challenges of the other teams.
Your results you will present and demonstrate in a 7 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.
More information you find in our latest participant flyer.
Frequently asked questions
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.
Intense conceptualisations of innovative humanitarian ideas with starting quantitative analysis and conceptual prototypes so that the best ideas survive and can be driven forward after the event.
Participants are informed mid August about their challenge and team and are supported in the following 6 weeks to prepare the 60 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 questionnaire and provide a one page CV before the 15th June 2018. A selection team and THE Port Advisory Board propose candidates for a short video interview on which the assembly of the interdisciplinary teams will be based.
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, 14th 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.
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