The Webfest is a unique event where a bunch of bright and creative CERN summer students – there were 80 of them participating last year – meet over a weekend to build cool science projects using open Web technologies. And this year, the Webfest is part of the summer-long global Mozilla Maker Party.
Participants in the Webfest work in small teams 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 previous two editions 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!
This year, we’re also encouraging participants to explore humanitarian projects that involve Web-based solutions, together with Citizen Cyberscience Centre partner UNOSAT.
Over the weekend, the students learn new Webmaker skills from each other and from participating mentors, including some CERN scientists and a few seasoned Web developers from the Mozilla Foundation and the EC Citizen Cyberlab project, our Webfest partners.
Besides having a lot of fun pursuing their own projects, the goal of the event is for the students to share their new Webmaker skills when they return to their home institutes.
Prizes will be awarded to the best projects by a panel of judges, with a Grand Prize of a trip to the Mozilla Festival in London.
Webfest 2014 Programme:
NOTE: Participation is open to CERN summer students and staff, and by invitation to a limited number of other participants. Remote participation is also possible. For more information, contact spmohanty91 at gmail.com