What is the CERN Webfest?

Each year since 2012, CERN hosts an annual ‘Webfest’. This is a hackathon-style event, bringing bright minds together for a weekend to work on creative projects using open web technologies. Participants work in small teams, often designing web and mobile applications that help people engage with CERN’s research, physics, or even science in general. CERN’s online Webfest isn’t just for those that can code: anyone with an idea, a challenge, or other skills is welcome to take part.

Take part in climate action through CERN’s online Webfest Challenge 2022

The Webfest - CERN’s annual hackathon based on open web technologies - will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. Taking place virtually between July and September, the event will incorporate an introductory session on Friday 7 July, with the winners announced in the closing session on Wedneday 31 August. Between those dates, there will be two further sessions dedicating time for participants to work on their challenges, as well as workshops and networking sessions.

Due to the pandemic, the last two years have seen the Webfest move online, with over 300 people from 63 different countries taking part in last year’s event. This year, the Webfest will continue in an online format, providing another opportunity for students from around the world to get involved. 

The upcoming Webfest will follow a different structure to previous years. Instead of being held over one weekend in a hackathon-style event, it will run from July to September, allowing participants to work on developing their projects and ideas with more continuity over a longer period of time. 

The Webfest has been running annually since 2012, with the aim of encouraging global collaboration between bright minds.  During the event, participants will collaborate to work on innovative projects and design applications that can be beneficial to society. In previous years, participants have worked on a broad range of creative projects. Last year’s theme of the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) saw several ideas pertaining to environmental impact, focusing on SDG 13: climate action. Some of these projects focused on nuclear energy, creating an app designed for wildlife emergency responses, and building web platforms to increase awareness of climate change - all are examples of projects that were designed and developed over one weekend. 

Following CERN’s Year of Environmental Awareness, this year’s theme will focus on climate action and sustainability, with the Webfest rebranded as the ‘Webfest Challenge’. Students taking part will be assigned to a challenge related to climate action, with these challenges set by a project linked to CERN. Students will work together in small teams to propose solutions for the challenge they have been set.

Alongside the environmental benefit, holding the 2022 Webfest online will allow students from around the globe to join, irrespective of their ability or circumstances to travel. The last two years have proven successful in showing how even remotely, students from across the globe can work together to create solutions for future society.

The birth of the World Wide Web was right here at CERN, so join us online to take part in shaping future scientific collaboration and get involved in climate action - now and for the future.


More information on the Webfest and how you can register this year will follow soon.







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