On 12 and 13 November 2020 Hochschulforum Digitalisierung hosted the global idea hackathon DigiEduHack as part of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union. With the motto “Together we redefine learning,” the event broght together over 60 groups based in 36 countries, who worked over the course of 48 hours to quickly find creative solutions for the most pressing issues facing digital education.
Opening ceremony with Oliver Janoschka and moderator Mitri Sirin
Behind the scenes of EU commissioner Mariya Gabriel's welcoming address.
Conceived as part of the European Digital Education Action Plan, DigiEduHack is one of the Commission’s flagship initiatives to drive innovation in education at the grassroots level and one of the few global hackathons solely devoted to education.
Together with its local partners the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin), HFD presented the Main Stage Event of DigiEduHack located at the EUREF-Campus in Berlin.
An inspiring speech by Rona van der Zander
The two-day event featured a diverse array of illustrious speakers such as Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Anja Karliczek, German Minister of Education and Research. Panel discussions examined the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on education and covered topics such as the innovation potential of hackathons or the skills needed for the labour market and life in the future. In addition, the European Commission launched its “Education and Training Monitor on Digital Education” at DigiEduHack.
The event programme is available here.
The event page can be found here.
HFD not only hosted the event: As part of DigiEduHack we organised the online hackathon #SemesterHack 2.0 together with our partners AI-Campus and DAAD, thus bringing its successful pilot online hackathon to the next level and onto the international arena. There were a total of 380 registered participants and 28 finalised projects. The winning teams will share seed funding totalling at least 150,000 EUR, provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Till Rückwart (Online Hackathon Manager at HFD) discusses #SemesterHack 2.0
The jury selected the following projects:
First place: Lernflix - Stop, I have a question! - Netflix parties for educational videos
This Moodle integration gives students the opportunity to view lectures together and discuss their content with our students. Further information is available here.
Second place: DIWiQ - Increase your visibility!
Digital identity for researchers: This digital qualification offering helps researchers increase their visibility online. Further information is available here.
Third place: Memory Path: Learn it (on) your way!
A spacially-based app designed to boost memory through virtual "strolls". Further information is available here.
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