“Story Matter” : the Tribeca/CineGlobe Hackathon at CERN

Conceive, design, and realize, in five days, a completely new way to learn about the scientific endeavor

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and CineGlobe are co-organizing the “Story Matter” Hackathon, a first-ever international summit to create new media stories with technology and science – and inform science and technology with stories. From March 15th – March 19th at CERN, teams of filmmakers hand-chosen for their artistic and storytelling skills, cutting-edge technologists, and field-leading scientists will combine forces to discover and create works of art only able to exist because of the fusion of these three disciplines.

The event will take place as part of the CineGlobe International Film Festival, which runs from March 18th to 23rd and overlaps with the Hackathon. This is a first-time partnership between CineGlobe and TFI, and both the first science-based and the first international edition of Tribeca Hacks, a ground-breaking series of intensive workshops, made possible through support from the Ford Foundation, that challenge the boundaries of how stories are told by pairing film and technology experts with scientists.

Additional collaboration will be provided by the Lift Conference and the Geneva International Film, TV and Transmedia Festival – Festival Tous Ecrans. Select works will also appear at Festival Tous Ecrans in November of 2014.

Each team’s task is to broaden the field of interactive storytelling by collaborating to create non-linear media works that illuminate those often hidden stories behind science, within data, and on the forefront of discovery. The projects will be informed by the breadth and depth of CERN’s expertise in scientific disciplines, which include particle, nuclear and high-energy physics on topics ranging from the Standard Model to supersymmetry, as well as grid computing and experiments on such things as a possible link between cosmic rays and cloud formation.

The “Story Matter” Hackathon will accept applications until February 17, 2014 to form five teams of scientists, technology specialists, filmmakers, and content creators. The Hackathon is open to all by application, and seeks the participation of those who are passionate about science, and excited about new ways of storytelling and creating narrative structure. The selected applicants will be invited to CERN to participate in the Hackathon just before the CineGlobe festival.

All projects will be showcased during the CineGlobe Film Festival at CERN during a special evening on March 19. Afterwards, over a glass of wine, the audience will be invited to interact with the projects, speak with the creators, and learn about the hackathon process. The projects will be profiled on www.tribecafilminstitute.org in the spring, and select works will also be shown at 2014’s TFI Interactive, a day-long gathering of the brightest thinkers and biggest innovators in media, gaming, technology and storytelling to be held in New York City on April 26. Select works will also appear at Festival Tous Ecrans in November of 2014.

“Story Matter” runs from Saturday, March 15th, through Wednesday, March 19th. Participants will need to arrive on March 14th and depart no earlier than March 20th. Meals and lodging will be provided for the duration of the event. All participants will receive a special tour of the underground installations at CERN, as well as a lecture from the CERN theory group on the state of Particle Physics today. However, no travel is provided – participants must provide travel to and from Geneva for themselves.

The Hackathon is open to all who are interested, and is by application.

Applications will be open until February 17th. Apply here for this unique experience!

In local collaboration with

Festival Tous Ecrans Lift Conference

Tribeca Hacks: Frequently Asked Questions for the Hackathon at CinéGlobe/CERN

Please note, this FAQ is specific to the event. For information on Tribeca Hacks in general, visit this page.


  • A Hackathon is an event where people get together and build an interactive experience in a short amount of time.  Ranging in topic, format and length, our Hackathons always focus on storytelling and explore new tools and methods of story creation.
  • We bring together content creators and creative technologists to increase understanding and broaden participation in the field of interactive storytelling.
  • Each of our Hackathons are a bit different.  Some are short in length and just focus on knowledge building through workshop and working groups. Others are more intensive and involve an actual team being built around a particular focus. Each of Hackathons are meant to encourage collaboration and immersion into the digital realm.
  • Tribeca Hacks takes place all across the United States (Tribeca is based in New York). The “Story Matter” hack at CinéGlobe/CERN will be Tribeca’s first international Hackathon.


  • Each application is different, but we select participants from all fields, who are willing to think outside the box and try innovative approaches to create content.
  • No you don’t, but if you’re one, that’s great, too!
  • We usually prefer to create a new team but are open to consider previous collaborations. Please note this in your application.
  • We try to create collaborative teams by bringing together complementary assets, taking into consideration the Hackathon’s scope as well as the projects’ needs. Note that some of our Hackathons are closer to a workshop, in that case participants aren’t part of a team, but are still invited to interact with others.
  • Due to the large number of applicants, we have to be strict about our deadlines. But check back in for future Hackathons via our website, TFI newsletter, or Twitter!
  • Yes you can, but read each Hackathon’s description to ensure you are applying to events that best suit your skill set and focus.
  • Of course!  However, due to limited budgets we’re unable to provide travel for the “Story Matter” Hackathon. But we DO provide accommodations (hotel and meals) for those selected.


  • Bring your computer and necessary project materials. We’ll provide the rest. Usually we try to introduce team members to each other a few weeks prior to the event so that you can discuss and prepare video, photo, audio. Please look at our toolbox.
  • Each Hackathon lists its duration. Once confirmed as a participant you are required to complete the event.
  • Yes, we provide meals, coffee and snacks. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate dietary restrictions.
    No, there’s no submission or participation fee.
  • No, we do not pay expenses for travel, but we do provide accommodations!


  • We’ll provide you with the framework and scope of the Hackathon. You (and your team) are encouraged to create whatever you wish!
  • It’s not a competition. Tribeca Hacks is an opportunity to develop projects, discover new tools and meet amazing people.
  • The Tribeca Film Institute doesn’t have ownership over any of the project. However, we will share it on our website https://tribecafilminstitute.org/ and showcase it to the world! Nevertheless we will address the ownership issue with the different team members before the Hackathon.
  • It depends on the Hackathon, but participants usually have the opportunity to present their results at the end of the event to the other participants, as well as to a small group of guests and partners.



Comments are closed.