CERN Summer Student Webfest

The CERN Summer Student Webfest is an annual hackathon at CERN, where a group of bright and creative minds meet over a weekend to build cool science projects using open Web technologies. In the previous two versions of the Webfest, participants built applications ranging from 3D games about particle physics to cheap cell-phone enabled cosmic ray detectors. And yes, they built them, or at least working prototypes, over just a weekend!

Participants in the Webfest work in small teams, each on specific ideas to design neat Web applications that encourage the public to learn more about science and in particular about CERN, the LHC and physics. In the process, students will learn new Webmaker skills from each other and from participating mentors, skills they will be able to go back and share in their home institutes. This year, we’re also encouraging summer students to explore humanitarian projects that involve Web-based solutions, together with CERN’s partner UNOSAT.

If you have a great idea for a project, or you want to team up with other students and use or further develop your Webmaker skills, this is your opportunity to spend a weekend being creative and social, with a bunch of passionate fellow students as well as some Web developers from Mozilla Foundation, sponsoring partners of the event, and scientists from CERN.

Post your ideas and proposals online on our website, and get in touch with other like-minded students who may want to help you out with the project. Discuss. Deliberate. Make it happen. And if you are CERN staff or a visitor, you can come along to watch and contribute as a mentor or helper too. It all happens in and around Restaurant 1.

Oh ! Did we forget ? There are free meal tickets for all participants, and prizes will be awarded to the best projects, with a Grand Prize winner receiving a trip to the Mozilla Festival in London.

This year 2017 we are looking for some young motivated students who would like to be "Ambassadors" of the CERN Webfest. If you are interested please contact the Summer Student Team.

For more information please go to the official home page.

If you want to find some examples from the previous year please have a look here.