SciFilmIt Hackathon Geneva

It is a great pleasure to bring back the SciFilmIt Hackathon in Geneva. This is a unique opportunity for scientists, artists and filmmakers to get inspired, synergize and tell stories about science. Throughout the hackathon, you will be mentored by experts in storytelling, science communication, team-work and filmmaking, to make sure that your films are amazing at the end.

In the time since postponing the SciFilmit event, due to the immediate controls needed to reduce the impact of COVID-19 back in March, we have been making sure that we have a clear plan going forward.

The hackathon will take place during September 18-20 at Campus Biotech (Geneva). Your films will then be screened at Auditorium Arditi (Plainpalais) and online in the evening of September 23. Food and snack will be provided during the event.

COVID-19 MEASURES: We will be preparing the event in line with the necessary protocols for minimising risk regarding COVID-19. Sanitizers will be provided and other measures recommended then by the confederation and cantonal institutes will be in place. Also, due to the uncertainty of how the situation can evolve regarding COVID, we are also preparing an online format for the event if we enter into another lockdown.

APPLY NOW: The application is open until August 28. You apply individually and will get teamed up based on what you write on your application.

No experience in filmmaking required for scientists and black boxes.

Organizing Team

These are the people behind SciFilmIt hackathon Geneva 2020. We are PhDs, post-docs, artists and educators. 

Erica Honeck

Erica is a PhD student in environmental sciences at the University of Geneva, she has a background in biology. She is working on bridging the gap between science and policy by providing maps as decision-making tools, to ensure that ecosystem preservation is better taken into account in landscape planning in Switzerland. 

Liam completed his PhD in surface chemistry in Sydney, Australia early in 2019, focusing on the topic of wetting and nano-lubrication. He now works as a postdoctoral fellow in the field of colloidal chemistry at the University of Geneva. Liam has a passion for the communication of ideas, which has led him to pursue music and comedy outside of his scientific life. Currently, Liam is collaborating with his absurdist sketch comedy group, Burger King Illuminati, back in Australia via creating Youtube content and writing their next festival performance, and here in Geneva he does improvised music and sound for a monthly comedy show called Juicebox Comedy. On the side, Liam composes music for different projects, ranging from interactive theatre in Australia to songs for his rock band here in Geneva. 

Liam Scarratt

Mi Xue Tan

Mi Xue is a PhD student studying emotions and how they affect the brain and the body. She is interested in capturing fleeting moments through photography. She has recently discovered a whole new dimension through filmography – time, and is excited to create her first film 

Born and raised in Bogotá-Colombia, Paola fell in love with research during her bachelor degree.  Since her master she has been working in basic research of vaccines. Life would change when an opportunity to do an internship in Karolinska brought her to Stockholm, where she finished her PhD. Currently, forming a family and doing a postdoc at UNIGE in vaccinology. She loves to be part of projects that involves education, innovation and sharing knowledge with public as science clubs for teenagers and SciFilm, and firmly believes that science can change lives for good.

Paola Andrea Martínez Murillo 

Teerawat Monnor 

Teerawat is very happy to find out very recently that his name “Teerawat” means something cool in Sanskrit, derived from Theerawat meaning “Grow up like a philosopher“. Anyway, he was a physicist, turned affective scientist, studying emotion and behavior. Thailand is his motherland and he spent some time in Canada learning about the brain and developing his skills in computational neuroscience working with cool weakly-electric fish Apteronotus leptorhynchus. He now wants to learn to express himself and communicate his passion in science more creatively and efficiently. Organizing the SciFilmIt hackathon is part of the development.