CERN Accelerating science

Experimental Innovation

During short periods when the building is not fully occupied, IdeaSquare can host or facilitate innovation or entrepreneurship-driven events and courses. Such events combine different areas of technology and society with a very specific purpose, organized and funded by external organizations. These events are typically short in duration, lasting up to two or three days. IdeaSquare provides the facilities and can contribute to short term innovation events by offering innovation-related education and coaching.

 

Challenge Based Innovation

Challenge Based Innovation (CBI) is a project course, where multidisciplinary student teams and their instructors collaborate with researchers at CERN to discover novel solutions for the future of humankind.

If you are a CERN member and want to know how you can mentor a project:

Mentor a Project

 

Other Events

These events are typically short in duration, lasting up to two or three days. IdeaSquare provides the facilities and can contribute to short term innovation events by offering innovation-related education and coaching.

 

All past events recorded on Indico:

Past Events

 


Innovator in Residence Program

The IdeaSquare Innovator in Residence Program gives a chance for people from divergent backgrounds to work with us in our dedicated innovation space in the heart of CERN. We experiment with different ways of connecting human kind with technology together in different collaborations.

We invite the residents to:

  • Contribute to the current projects in house, giving them perspective through mentorship to help develop surprising, sustainable and delightful solutions for the future;
  • Develop novel collaborations with academic, business and other partners who can help us expand our scope regarding socially relevant innovations and explorative research.

Challenge us and leave their unique mark on the community!

IdeaSquare residential program is targeted, in particular, for researchers who wish to stay at IdeaSquare to carry out experimental innovation-related research for a longer time period - from six months up to two years. The program is intended for post-docs or equivalent, who are associated with an education establishment and can arrange their own funding to cover the living and lodging costs in the Geneva region. IdeaSquare offers a desk and free access to its facilities.

While carrying out research at CERN, the researcher is expected to contribute to the ongoing programs at IdeaSquare (e.g. CBI) and/or to the referred CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation (CIJ).

For more information, please contact Markus Nordberg.

 


Video Highlights of Events @ IdeaSquare

 

Want to host your own event? 

*Please be sure to first check the calendar of planned events here

*Guidelines for external universities wishing to participate in the CBI program can be found here

*Guidelines for hosting your own "hackathon" type event can be found here

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