The first virtual hackaton dedicated to digital education arrives
#Hack4edu is the first virtual hackaton aimed at raising and solving technological challenges related to the challenges currently facing education in the world. ProFuturo and the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPSA), through the Telefonica Chairs network, are in charge of this innovative event.
#Hack4edu is open to people from all over the world who register to participate in www.hack4edu.org. They only have to link to one of the universities associated with the initiative, including the Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, the University of Salamanca and several Latin American universities, and proposals in Spanish and Portuguese will be accepted.
Until 22nd October 2020, in the first phase of this initiative, any person, university or institution related to the field of programming, computing, telecommunications, education and teaching may pose challenges in line with the handling of personal data on educational platforms, access to digital educational content in areas with limited connectivity or the use of data analysis to personalise learning, among others.
Subsequently, the virtual hackaton will be held from 4th to 6th November 2020, where participants will work in teams to propose technological solutions to these and other challenges. They will work telematically on the design of the prototype that solves the problem addressed.
In addition, ProFuturo will propose a specific challenge related to some of the obstacles they face when implementing their digital education programme in vulnerable areas of the 38 countries in which they operate in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia to test the participants.
There will be prizes ranging from 500 to 2000 € for the best projects. In addition, Telefónica’s network of Chairs will offer three free enrolments for the Master’s Degree in Big Data at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca.
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