Registration for the challenges: until 22 October 2021
Participation in the hackathon: 17, 18 and 19 November 2021
Awards: Three prizes worth 1,000, 700 and 500 euros (1st category) and two prizes, each worth 1,000 euros (2nd category)
The period for signing up for the second call of #hack4edu, organised by ProFuturo and the UPSA (Pontifical University of Salamanca), starts today. The initiative, conducted in partnership with Telefónica Chairs and different universities in Spain and Latin America, seeks solutions for the technological challenges posed by digital education.
Until 22 October, students and experts in technology for education will be able to discuss the issues currently facing digital education at #hack4edu and sign up to take part in the hackathon set to take place on 17, 18 and 19 November.
Together with ProFuturo and the UPSA, the participating universities will help to put together the teams and define the challenges, and, during the hackathon, the hackers will develop a prototype to overcome one they face. They can either start the development from scratch or build on a previous work. Depending on the starting point of the projects, the teams will be evaluated in one category or another.
The first #hack4edu event brought together more than 100 hackers from ten universities in Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Nicaragua, Peru and Uruguay. The University of Salamanca won the first prize with Move4Learn, a gamification dynamics project in the classroom to combine learning with physical activity.
In search of educational innovation
This second #hack4edu call seeks to reward creativity in the development of solutions for digital education. The jury will thus assess the innovation, finish and final quality of the participating projects. The adaptation of the initiatives to vulnerable educational contexts, such as those in which ProFuturo works, will be another aspect to be assessed.
Three prizes worth 1,000, 700 and 500 euros will be awarded in the first category and two prizes, each worth 1,000 euros, in the second category. In addition, the Pontifical University of Salamanca will offer two free enrolments on its master’s degree in Big Data. As for ProFuturo, it will award a prize worth 1,000 euros to the team that best addresses one of the specific obstacles faced by its digital education program in the 40 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia in which it operates.
#Hack4edu is open to anyone from anywhere in the world who signs up. Proposals will be accepted in Spanish and Portuguese. The participants will have to be linked to one of the universities associated with the initiative.
Sign up for #hack4edu here