The second edition of the Digital Education Hackathon (DigiEduHack) will take place on 12-13 November 2020.
More than 70 local grassroots events around the globe and an online main event, which provides a common platform for all participants to collaborate, have been organised.
DigiEduHack is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) under the European Commission's 2018 Digital Education Action Plan. It is led by the EIT Climate-KIC and coordinated by Aalto University in Finland.
This year’s main event is hosted by the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), and is organised by Hochschulforum Digitalisierung, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Technical University of Berlin.
DigiEduHack brings together different stakeholders to solve challenges for education and training in the digital age. Over two days, teams are invited to work together to come up with solutions to specific challenges related to the priorities of the Digital Education Action Plan or linked to the COVID-19 crisis.
This year, the hosts organising local hackathons come from more than 30 countries and a diversity of backgrounds – schools, higher education institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), innovation hubs, research labs, educational technology companies and others.
Benefitting from the opportunities presented by digital technologies and respecting the rules for social distancing, more than 90% of the events will take place fully online.
2020 DigiEduHack main event
All local hackathons will be brought together by a high-level main event, which be the connecting point for the global community. The event will be opened on the morning of 12 November 2020 by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.
Commissioner Gabriel will underline the importance of digital education, present the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027 and announce the launch of the 2020 Education and Training Monitor, which will be presented in more detail during the second day of the event.
The session will then continue with a welcoming message from Anja Karliczek, German Minister of Education and Research, and a questions and answers session including Hackathon participants.
Over the course of the two following days, the main event will continue with a series of interactive discussions, joining experts on digital education, user-driven innovation and hackathons in panel discussions and talks. Local hackathons will have the opportunity to join the discussion during the ‘call-in sessions’ and showcase their work.
After the end of DigiEduHack, three teams standing out with their innovative and high-quality solutions will have the opportunity to win a €5,000 Global DigiEduHack Award each to start implementing their ideas and will become Digital Education Ambassadors for 2021.
The Digital Education Hackathon initiative will continue under the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027.
Follow the event
See the full agenda and follow the livestream of the main stage event on 12-13 November on the DigiEduHack website.
Release of the 2020 Education and Training Monitor
At 11:45 on Friday 13 November, the 2020 Education and Training Monitor will be presented by the Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Themis Christophidou, and the team at the European Commission who has worked on the Monitor.