Eva: I am so glad we managed to book our vacation for this summer. All together for 2 weeks. What a blessing!!! I love it when we do things together.
Alice: Yeah, a vacation which is all about sunbathing, eating, drinking and having fun. Is that enough? What about our minds?
Eva: Am I dreaming? Alice, that coming from you? I thought this type of vacation was what you do best!
Alice: I know. But I am considering expanding my horizons.
Eva: How come? What is the motive? Spill it! Someone told you that you are shallow? Someone commented on the blond hair?
Alice: Not exactly. There is just this guy…
Eric: There we go… It is always about a guy.
Alice: I met this cute guy from CERN who’s very smart (of course) and I believe that my chances will increase if I prove to him that I am intellectual too.
Eric: Tall? Â Where from? Â Anyway I had a different thought around our vacation. I was thinking that we should give back. We should do something for the humanity. Like go to Africa and build schools for children, instead of the cosmopolitan island we chose.
Eva: What is this now? What are you drinking? Are you smoking the mint leaves from your mojito? We have booked flights, hotels and it is all set. We are going. Period. But…
Alice: It is just that we could use the summer vacation to explore some of our other interests.
Eva: I said but! But I have the perfect event that combines all of the above: we will do something all together, we will have the chance to exercise our creativity and our intellect and we will make a difference in the world. THE HACKATHON AT CERN!
Eric: CERN? Now you are talking. Very smart people. And cute! (Giggles)
Alice: Hackawhat? Â But if it is at CERN, I’m in!!!
Eva: We will participate as a team to deliver a project, that we will be given, for a good cause. As a team. To put our intelligence to work. A proof for your guy, Alice (shame on you for that motive). To help the ones in need. Congrats for your intentions, Eric.
Alice: You think we will manage?
Eva: When there is a will, there is a way. The HACKATHON is organised by THE Port Association, hosted by CERN and with partners from other non-governmental organisations. Â A problem solving workshop of 3 days, which will be devoted to humanitarian, social and public interest topics. The selected teams will work together in the fields of communication, transport, health, science, learning, work, culture, data. Among the 6 of us, we have expertise in all these fields.
Eric: I’m in too! What do we do next? When is it?
Eva: We need to apply by August 11th,Â right before we leave for our vacation. The event takes place Oct 31stÂ to Nov 2nd. Â Check the details onÂ http://theport.chÂ Alice: Shall I take care of the application? I have the best handwriting of all of us.
Eric: Alice, we will type it, dear. Careful with such offers in front of your smart love interest…