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CERN Bootcamp

CERN BootCamp is an innovative and unique study concept for Master´s degree students. The focus of the studies is to solve demanding societal problems or challenges of the case companies by applying service design and design thinking methods and having a genuine human oriented, empathetic approach.

Multidisciplinary Master´s Studies

CERN BootCamp is an innovative study concept, which will be co-created together with CERN, universities and companies for each implementation. 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 of the case organizations by applying service design methods to have a genuinely people centered, empathetic approach. There will be max. 25 places available for the Bootcamp (max. 20 master’s degree students from Haaga-Helia, Laurea, Metropolia, 2-5 students from UH/HIP.) 

The selection of students will be made based on the students’ study achievements, completed credits, 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. 

Themes and challenges of the year 2020 are published later.

CERN Bootcamp 2020

Ready for CERN Bootcamp 2020?

Application period: 17th January - 9th February 2020

Detailed application schedule 2020:

• Application period: 17th January-9th February 2020
• Pre-selection of students (based on the student's study achievements, completed credits and the information provided in the application form): by 17th February 2020
• Group discussion: 25th February 2020 between 12-18, at Haaga-Helia Pasila
• Student selection: latest 9th March 2020


CERN Bootcamp 2020 consists of: 

• Kickoff days: 3rd–4th April 2020, 9-16.30 Laurea Leppävaara
• Intensive week Switzerland/Geneva 8th -12th June 2020 (departure to Switzerland already on 7th June 2020)

Pre-assignments as well as reflective post-assignments are also included to the studies. Extent of the studies is UAS 10 ects, UH/HIP 5 ects. 

After accomplishing CERN Bootcamp students will be able to apply service design approach and basic tools to design sustainable innovations. They will adopt a holistic approach to all aspects of service innovation and development and will be able to act as a developer in open innovation networks.


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


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More information:

Blog of CERN Bootcamp

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Want to know how and why the Bootcamp concept has been created?

Ojasalo& Kaartti: Multidisciplinary Bootcamp for Master’s Students in CERN Ideasquare. In Antikainen M., Holmström S., Majakulma A., Piipponen T. (Eds.)., (2019). Collaboration Counts: Experiences in Internationalisation from Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia, pp. 70-75 , In: Laurea Julkaisut | Laurea Publications, Laurea University of Applied Sciences.

Read article about the implementation of the CERN Bootcamp