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DigiEduHack 2024

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Get ready: the 5th edition of DigiEduHack will take place 8-17 Nov 2024!

Blue Escape: Develop Systems Thinking Skills Through Virtual Escape Rooms

The Baltic Sea region faces significant challenges in balancing the growth of blue economy sectors with the need for environmental protection. Sectors like maritime transport, tourism, and fisheries rely heavily on a healthy marine ecosystem, yet unsustainable practices and human pressures continue to threaten the sea's well-being. To address these issues, a shift in mindset and approach is necessary, starting with education.

This hackathon aims to harness the power of virtual escape rooms as an innovative educational tool to engage students in learning about sustainable blue economy practices and foster systems thinking skills. By creating immersive, game-based learning experiences, we can make education more engaging and effective in preparing the next generation of leaders and decision-makers to tackle the complex challenges facing the Baltic Sea region. By participating in this hackathon, you will have the opportunity to make a real impact on the future of education and the sustainability of the Baltic Sea region's blue economy. Join us in creating engaging, immersive learning experiences that inspire students to become agents of change and contribute to a more sustainable future for all.

The address for this onsite hackathon is: A. H. Tammsaare pst 57, Pärnu, 80016 Pärnu maakond, Estonia

Blue Escape: Develop Systems Thinking Skills Through Virtual Escape Rooms
Who can join?
University students
Teachers and/or educators
Education professionals
Digital education enthusiasts
Specific conditions to apply

Estonian language speaker per team is required

08 - 10 NOV 2024
Register by 16 OCT

Pärnu - Estonia

Learning Spaces and Pedagogies

Challenge and goals

The desired outcomes of this hackathon include:

Developing engaging and creative virtual escape rooms that teach students about sustainable practices in maritime sectors, the importance of a healthy marine ecosystem for the blue economy, and the need for cross-sectoral cooperation and governance to promote sustainable development.

Fostering systems thinking skills among students by designing puzzles and challenges that require considering multiple perspectives and factors, enabling them to develop a holistic understanding of the issues and the need for integrated solutions.

Promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing among educators, game designers, and subject matter experts to create high-quality, impactful virtual escape rooms that can be widely adopted in schools and universities across the Baltic Sea region.

Raising awareness about the importance of education in addressing the challenges facing the Baltic Sea region and the potential of virtual escape rooms as an innovative and engaging learning tool.

Establishing a network of educators, game designers, and stakeholders committed to using virtual escape rooms to promote sustainable blue economy practices and environmental protection in the Baltic Sea region.

Expectations and requirements for the solutions and participants

This hackathon is an in-person event in Estonia. Minimum one team member in your group needs to be able to communicate in Estonian to be able to follow the programme.

Available Support

Facilitator to support throughout the process. Mentors from the subject matter of blue economy, digital education, and sustainability science educators. Background materials on the subject matter.

We help to form diverse teams and support matchmaking.


Coming in September 2024