Open Geneva was established in 2015 by the Geneva Creativity Center in order to promote innovation for the improvement of life quality in Geneva. During the 1st edition, several teams of students worked during 2 weekends on scientific projects, as well as social and technical innovations, related to energy, health, mobility. The 2016 edition was focused on medical technologies and brought a larger scope of participants during a curated hackathon organized by The Port in collaboration with the Geneva University Hospitals.
In 2017, Open Geneva became a festival of hackathons. With the support of the Digital Strategy of the University of Geneva, more than 21 initiatives were organized, with the involvement of schools and research centers, administrations and companies, public and private institutions. Approximately 400 participants with a broad variety of skills and motivations developed over 50 innovatives projects, among which some have continued to develop. This keen interest is a confirmation that there is a real commitment for open innovation in Geneva.