The summer semester 2020 will take place digitally. What does this mean for lecturers, students, university staff and the entire higher education system? Answers to urgent challenges such as the digitisation of analogue courses, the implementation of digital examinations or the replacement of actually planned international mobility must be found within the shortest time possible. The Hackathon took place on 6 and 7 May.
Around 1,000 participants were involved in the #SemesterHack, the nationwide online hackathon on digital higher education - organized by the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (HFD), the KI-Campus and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The aim of the Hackathon was to develop ideas and solutions for the challenges of the digital summer semester 2020 within 36 hours. Five projects out of about 80 concepts were awarded. During the #SemesterHack, interdisciplinary teams consisting of students, lecturers, university staff and external interested individuals faced the challenges of shaping study and teaching in the digital summer semester 2020. Participants of the online Hackathon could either submit challenges as patrons, work on them as hackers or support the teams as mentors. Programming skills were not required.
The concept is based on the successful #WirVsVirus-Hackathon of the German government.
During the #SemesterHack numerous ideas were born - and these resulted in 76 submitted projects! The diversity of the submissions is huge. Get a picture of what the teams have developed here.
A jury consisting of representatives of the organisers and the 16 partner universities awarded prizes for the three best project ideas. The following projects were awarded prizes and will receive a total of 2.000 EUR:
The following two projects will receive two special prizes of 500 EUR each:
The certificate of participation for the #SemesterHack is now online. You can apply for it on this page until June 19, 2020.
We have prepared a number of documents for the participants of the #SemesterHack:
Thursday, May 7, 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 7, 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, 06 May, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6, 10:00 a.m.
In interdisciplinary teams consisting of students, lecturers, university staff and external interested parties, the hackers* worked in a demand- and practice-oriented way on challenges for the design of studies and teaching in this special digital semester. The teams were able to come together within the university - but there was also a demand for exchange in inter-university teams. The team was assembled on the first day of the hackathon.
that means: There were three different roles that can be taken over within the hackathon: 1. Challenge Pat*in, who submit the challenge and are pat*in for them especially at the beginning of the hackathon, 2. Hackers, who develop a project into a challenge in teams (programming experience is not required) and 3rd mentor, who accompany the teams in the process and contribute their professional expertise in case of questions.
Of course, none of the roles was mandatory for the full 36 hours. The workload should be appropriate to the real living conditions of participants. As a challenge-pat*in you should be present at the beginning of the hackathon, as a mentor*in you could make yourself available for a self-determined time for the participants and even as a hacker*in you can get involved in a project with little time.
A tip for all teams: Look at our tool collection for digital collaboration.
Together with our partner universities we collected different topics under which you could submit and find your favourite challenges.
You will find detailed descriptions of each theme cluster in our concept paper.