Conferences & Workshops

COVID-19: Combining crowdsourcing and AI to tackle the pandemic (2020)

The 2020 edition of the AI for Good Global Summit will be presented as a continuous digital event, featuring weekly programming across multiple formats, including keynotes, expert webinars, project pitches, and more. Citizen Cyberlab (in collaboration with UNIGE) is organising a session on combining crowdsourcing and AI to tackle the pandemic. The session will look at some of the more positive synergies between AI and crowdsourcing, through the lens of the coronavirus pandemic.

OECD Week – Second Round Table on “Crowdsourcing Sustainable Development” (2016)

For the Civil Society Day at the OECD Forum 2016 in Paris, Citizen Cyberlab has organized (in collaboration with UNIGE) a Round Table on “Crowdsourcing Sustainable Development”. The discussion will address the complementary roles of governments and civil society organisations in promoting wider and more effective use of crowdsourcing for the SDGs, and include topics such as governments support to promote projects of public participation, and the role of national statistical offices in integrating crowdsourced data in their activities.

GOSH! 2016 (2016)

Fifty enthusiasts gathered at CERN to remedy researchers’ lack of awareness about open science hardware. At the first conference dedicated to the field of Open Hardware, some of the most active developers, users and thinkers in this space met to compare creations — and to thrash out a road map to promote the widespread manufacturing and sharing of labware. (See also article in Nature)

Citizen Cyberscience Summit (2014 – 2012 – 2010)

A unique gathering of experts and leading figures in citizen science, public engagement and participation, outreach, and related hardware and software tools. Citizen Cyberlab initiated this pioneering series of citizen science events in Europe that brings together representatives – both academics and amateurs – from a broad spectrum of citizen science projects. In collaboration with UCL, the London hosts for the 2014 edition, this event attracted over 300 participants.

Pan-Galactic BOINC Workshop (2010 – 2006 – 2005 – 2004)

A series of workshops aimed at stimulating new developments and activities related to BOINC, the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing. Researchers at Citizen Cyberlab launched this workshop series at CERN in 2004 and University of Geneva in 2005, to enable researchers and developers using BOINC to share their experience and requirements, to give the core dev team the opportunity to outline their plans, and to stimulate new collaborations between participants.

Africa@Home – Volunteer Computing for Africa (2011 – 2007)

Workshops about online citizen science organised by Citizen Cyberlab and hosted by AIMS, the African Institute of Mathematical Science, with participation of the Department of Computer Science at UCT, Connexions, the Open Knowledge Foundation, P2PU, Siyavula and SACEMA, through the support of the Shuttleworth Foundation.

Asia@home Workshop (2012 – 2011 – 2010 – 2009)

A workshop series on citizen science in South-East Asia, organised by Citizen Cyberlab and hosted by Academia Sinica as part of the annual International Symposium on Grid and Cloud computing, ISGC, in Taipei.

CAS@home Workshop (2010 – 2009)

A workshop series on volunteer computing in China, organised by Citizen Cyberlab in collaboration with the Institute of High-Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing.

Summer Schools

LEGO2NANO International Summer School (2015 – 2014 – 2013)

Citizen Cyberlab launched and coordinates this summer school series. Students fromThe Institute of Making and the London Centre for Nanotechnology have teamed up with Tsinghua University and Peking University to take on the challenge of developing a new type of low-cost scanning probe microscope with the power to capture images of the nano world. Supported by the LEGO Foundation.


Open Geneva Hackathon (2016)

The Open Geneva Hackathon 2016 tackled important challenges in global health using geospatial and other sources of open data, in a spirit of open innovation and social progress. Results from the hackathon were showcased at the Geneva Health Forum and at La Journée SITG 2016.

The Port Hackathons (2015 – 2014)

CItizen Cyberlab supports and helps to co-ordinate hackathons in Geneva organised by The Port, an independent association set up by CERN staff and their families. In The Port hackathons, interdisciplinary teams of handpicked individuals – chosen for their field-leading expertise and innovative minds – solve humanitarian and health challenges with state- of-the-art science, cutting–edge technology and endless fantasy.

Science x Kickstarter Hackathon – NYU ITP (2015)

Organized in collaboration with Kickstarter, this first-of-its-kind hackathon brought together designers, makers and writers to help scientists develop compelling crowdfunding campaigns for their research.

Cern Webfest (2015 – 2014 – 2013 – 2012)

The CERN Summer Student Webfest is the first hackathon series held at CERN. Conceived and launched by Citizen Cyberlab, in collaboration with the CERN Summer Student programme, Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Science Lab, this event annually gathers about 80 CERN summer students over a weekend to build cool science projects using open Web technologies.

Science Hack Day @ World Science Festival – NYC (2014 – 2013)

The World Science Festival and New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) teamed up to launch Science Hack Day in New York City – a two-day event that brings together scientists, designers, developers, and innovators. Co-organized by Citizen Cyberlab.

Science and the City – NYU ITP (2014 – 2013)

Science and the City is an annual weekend-long hackfest, co-organized by NYU’s ITP, the Interactive Telecommunications Programme,  CUSP, the Center for Urban Science and Progress, and Citizen Cyberlab.


3 Countries, 3 Time Zones, 3 Tech Hubs – One Crowd 2 Map Tanzania (2016)

A “triple mapping event” taking place contemporarily in Dar es Salaam (TZ), London (UK) & Vilnius (LI) where volunteer mappers added information about schools, shops, churches, water points, offices, in rural Tanzania.

CERN Public Computing Challenge (2015 – 2014)

Volunteers around the world help CERN scientists simulate particle collisions in accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), using their own computers. The challenge is an opportunity to test new, simpler approaches to distributing such computations, with the help of CERN’s own virtual machine technology, CernVM.

The Open Seventeen (2015)

The Open Seventeen Challenge aims to transform grassroots enthusiasm on the Web into new open knowledge that can help governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations achieve the SDGs by the year 2030. Participants are inited to pitch a project that tackles SDGs using open data.