CERN Bootcamp (10 ECTS)

CERN Bootcamp is an innovative study concept, which is implemented together with CERN Ideasquare, universities and ATTRACT project. Bootcamp provides a unique international learning experience to the group of Master’s degree students with multidisciplinary educational background. The focus of the studies is to solve societal problems or challenges by applying service design methods to have a genuinely people centered, empathetic approach.

During the Cern Bootcamp intensive week students develop solutions to the global challenges to achieve sustainable development goals (SDG).

In 2024 there are three sustainable development goals (SDG) that will to address out of the following five: SDG3, SDG7, SDG11, SDG12 and SDG15. The students develop solutions to the global challenges linked with these goals with inspirations from and design of application opportunities of cutting-edge technologies developed in ATTRACT program. Three from these SDGs are selected for student challenges based on their popularity among the applicants.

This intensive course includes a trip to the Cern Bootcamp in Geneve, Switzerland.

This intensive program is for Master’s level students only.

Key words: CERN Bootcamp, service design, problem solving, innovations, international, Master's study unit


Application period: 27.11.2023 – 31.1.2024

  • Pre-selection of students: by 5.2.2024
  • Group discussion: 12.2.2024 between 12-16 (Online) 
  • Student selection: by 19.2.2024

Kick-off in Finland: 14.-15.3.2024 at Kumpula campus, University of Helsinki.

Intensive program in Geneve: 3.-7.6.2024, flights on 2.6. and 8.6.

Course content

After you completed this intensive course, you are be able to

  • apply service design approach and basic tools to design sustainable innovations
  • recognize opportunities to solve societal problems with innovations and understand their impact
  • act as a developer in open innovation networks and environments
  • conceptualize and commercialize services

The work in Bootcamp will mainly be done in teams so the students are expected to be committed to teamwork during the whole Bootcamp process (March-June) and in the assignments.

Application process​

To apply for this intensive study course, you must carefully fill out the application form. The application form not only asks for your personal information, but also questions about your motivation, your studies and your interests regarding sustainable development goals (SDG).

The selection of students will be made based on the students’ study achievements, phase of studies, motivation to participate, interaction skills, and the information provided in the application form and group discussion. In addition, multidisciplinarity of the student group will be taken into account in the selection process. The schedule of the application process can be found above.

Travelling to Switzerland

When travelling to Switzerland please notice that Switzerland is not an EU-country. It is important that you ensure that all the needed travelling documents are valid before the trip. The students have to apply for needed documents by themselves. To consult information to enter Switzerland, please go here.


Travelling costs from Finland (Helsinki Airport) to Switzerland (Geneva Airport) and from Switzerland (Geneva Airport) to Finland (Helsinki Airport) and accommodation at the CERN hostel are mainly covered by the universities of applied sciences. The costs for the students in Switzerland consist mainly of bus or tram tickets to get around and also breakfast, lunch and dinner costs.


Virpi Kaartti (Laurea), Jukka Ojasalo (Laurea), Salla Kivelä (Metropolia),  Sakariina Heikkanen (Haaga-Helia) and Tapio Lampén (HIP / Helsingin yliopisto)

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