The Summer Student Webfest is back at CERN!

The CERN Summer Student Webfest is an annual hackathon at CERN, in which a group of bright and creative minds meet over a weekend to build cool science projects using Open Web technologies. It’s happening soon. Be there!


At the previous two Webfests, participants built applications ranging from 3D games about particle physics to cheap mobile-phone-enabled cosmic ray detectors. And yes, they built them, or at least working prototypes, over just one 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. 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 Web 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 and scientists from CERN and the Mozilla Foundation.

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 to mention? There are free meal vouchers 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.

Dates: 1-3 August (afternoon pitching session on the 1st). 
More information and sign-up at:

by Sharada Mohanty