Berlin – DigiEduHack 2020 - DigiEduHack 2020

Berlin – DigiEduHack 2020


Where Ideas and Ideals Come Together

We envision a sustainable future for higher education and international cooperation in Berlin. Help us achieve this by joining our hackathon and finding innovative ways to use digital education tools to support teaching and learning in an international science community. Let us make the future more accessible, inclusive and sustainable – without losing our international focus, mobility and personal connections.

Join us online on 9-10 Nov 2021
And team up to solve our challenge:

#14 / Building Bridges – Digital, International & Sustainable

Join our hackathon to reimagine international cooperation in the age of sustainability. Work on digital tools to support the accessible and inclusive future of higher education and turn your vision into reality. You’ll be in with a chance to win up to €5000.

Who can join?


Teachers or educators



Education professionals


Any questions?

You can get in touch with us: scroll up, click on the contact tab, drop us a line!


All times indicated are in the event local timezone

Check out the schedule below for an overview of the event.

09 November 20:00

Team Building Phase

Start of the Team Building Phase on Mattermost. You'll have the chance to get to know the idea facilitators and all participants. Find your team and get ready for the hackathon kick off on 12 November.

12 November 09:30

Welcome Session

We'll get the day started by introducing the challenge, us as organizers and the mentors.

12 November 10:10

Final Team Building / Mentor Matching

We'll mingle on Mattermost to match teams, members and mentors. You'll have the chance to pitch your idea, brainstorm together and find the perfect project for you!

12 November 11:15

Team Sessions

Use this time to work on your team's solution. And every two hours... drop in on the Zoom-livestream, get an energy boost and see what others have been up to.

12 November 18:45

Wrap Up Day1 / Deadline for Idea Pitches

Upload your idea pitches on Mattermost and let us know what you've been working on. The Zoom-livestream ends for the day, now it's up to you: Work all night and/or join the virtual DJ session on the Main Stage.

12 November 19:00

Main Stage Virtual DJ Session

Join the Main Stage Livestream on for a virtual DJ session with DJ Marlon Hoffstadt and VJ Michael Titze.

13 November 09:30

Welcome Back

We'll start the day with new energy and ideas!

13 November 09:45

Team Sessions

Use this time to finalize your solutions and join the livestream every two hours for an energy boost!

13 November 20:00

*Deadline for final Solutions*

It's time to upload your team's solution to the DigiEduHack website!

13 November 20:00

Wrap Up

We'll meet once again in the Zoom-livestream to take a look back at what we've achieved together!

18 November 00:00

Jury Session

The jury will take time to deliberate and choose the most convincing solutions.

20 November 00:00

Winners will be announced

The winners of our hackathon will be announced via Social Media. They will go on to compete in the global contest.


The best teams will be in with a chance to win €600 (1st place) and €400 (2nd place) in the local competition. In addition, you will compete with all DigiEduHack teams for the €5000 prize in the global award contest.

Mentors & Jury

Your hackathon will be supported by mentors from TU Berlin with expertise in the fields of sustainability, digitalization and international cooperation. First and second places for the best ideas will be awarded by an interdisciplinary jury.


Elias Grünewald

Mentor | Area of Expertise: informatics, campus management and internationalization

TU Berlin, Research Associate at the Information Systems Engineering Research Group


Prof. Dr. Andrea Cominola

Mentor | Area of Expertise: urban water/energy demand management, behavioral modelling and sustainability, data analytics, digitalization of critical infrastructure systems

Einstein Center Digital Future/TU Berlin, Junior Professor


Dr.-Ing. André Baier

Mentor | Area of Expertise: Democracy, sustainability, responsibility, social-ecological transformation, interdisciplinarity, study reform, student-driven teaching

TU Berlin, Coordinator of the Sustainability Certificate


Dr. Anja Wipper

Mentor | Area of Expertise: blended learning concepts, courses with learning management systems, learning videos and online tools

TU Berlin, ZEWK - Online Teaching Team


Dr.-Ing. Alexandra Schulz

Mentor | Area of Expertise: media-enriched teaching concepts

TU Berlin, ZEWK - Online Teaching Team

Sonja Bettge

Mentor | Area of Expertise: alternative learning formats, co-designing the teaching of students, sustainable building

TU Berlin, Blue Engineering

Lisa Brasch

Mentor | Area of Expertise: digital education, student-led teaching and learning formats

TU Berlin, Blue Engineering

Lina Engel

Mentor | Area of Expertise: change to a more sustainable and future-oriented society, self-motivated, interdisciplinary and interactive learning

TU Berlin, Blue Engineering

Jannik Reichert


TU Berlin


Patrick Luzina


TU Berlin, AStA - Referat für Wissenschafts- und Technikkritik


Prof. Dr. Angela Ittel


TU Berlin, Vice President for Strategic Development, Junior Scholars and Teacher Education


Peer-Olaf Kalis


TU Berlin, ZEWK - Zentraleinrichtung Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung und Kooperation


Tom Schmiedel


Creative Agency, Nordsonne Identity

Downloads and links

To get your "creative juices" flowing we have gathered background information about sustainability and internationalization initatives. In addition, you can take a look at the results of the student and lecturer surveys regarding the "first digital summer semester".

Event rules and conditions

1. Preliminary statement


Welcome to DigiEduHack. This set of rules is a body of principles governing DigiEduHack as a whole.
Each DigiEduHack challenge might have additional and/or specific rules.


DigiEduHack is a hackathon that encourages collaboration, co-creation and real-life change. Even if in the end three teams will be crowned as global winners and will get 5000€ each, any solution uploaded on can potentially have an impact on digital education. This reflects the spirit of DigiEduHack: you take part in this hackathon because you and your team members want to take action and contribute to solving an actual challenge.


DigiEduHack is free, accessible, inclusive and sustainable. Please keep in mind these values when entering and taking part in a DigiEduHack challenge. Participants are expected to behave according to these values.

Do not shame, mock, attack, despise or hurt other participants.
Do support other teams, respect the differences, encourage, help and include others.

Be positive and remember to have fun: DigiEduHack is fist and foremost a great experience where you are going to meet fantastic people, get new cool skills, grow your network.


Last but not least: in case of doubt, please contact either the owner of the challenge or the DigiEduHack central team

2. Rules


Prior to joining Digieduhack, you as a participant should pick a challenge. Most of the challenges have an open recruitment; some challenges have a conditional recruitment (be a student part of the challenge owner's institution for example). You can see the status of a challenge by checking its label on the "2020 events" page and on the "2020 challenges" page.


As a participant, you can only join/take part in one DigiEduHack challenge in 2020. You can join alone, or take part as a team. If you tale pat as a team, each team members should sign up for the challenge individually. The size of the teams is decided by each challenge owner. This size may vary from one challenge to another. The composition of a team is decided by the local challenge owners. Please refer to the documentation specific to the challenge you wish to join. In case of doubt, please contact the challenge owner.


As a participant you are expected to take part in all/most of the activities organised by the challenge owner on the 12-13 November 2020. Challenge owners can decide to make some or all activities mandatory, either before, during or after their DigiEduHack event. Please refer to the planning of the challenge you joined for further info.


Your solution should be co-created and finalised during the DigiEduHack event you're taking part in. It's allowed to join with draft ideas, frameworks, ideas and concepts. It's not allowed to join with a ready-made, ready-to-be-rolled-out solution. You can get inspiration from existing solution but plagiarism, copy and/or any other form of treachery or deception are totally forbidden. You can use open source resources if you clearly attribute the sampled part(s) to their original creator(s) and if the sampled part(s) is a minor component of your solution.


DigiEduHack is a multilevel hackathon where each challenge owner chooses one winning solution and might choose one or several runner-ups. Each challenge owner has their own judging grid to assess submitted solutions: please contact your challenge owner for more details. All the winning solutions (NOT the runner-ups) enter the global competition where the DigiEduHack steering group chooses 10 to 12 finalists based on the criteria available here. These 10 to 12 finalist solutions are uploaded on the United Nations' Unite Ideas platform to be submitted to a public vote. The three solutions that gather the most votes are declared global winners and their teams are awarded 5000€ each.


At the end of the event you are taking part in, follow and respect your challenge owner's instructions on when to stop working on your solution and on where, how and when your solution will be assessed: pay especially attention to mandatory pitching/demo sessions and upload requirements. You had no time to finish? No worries: notify it during your pitch/demo/upload in the description of your project.  All the solutions created during DigiEduHack 2020 should be uploaded on Solutions uploaded to are made public under the DigiEduHack intellectual property guidelines.


Only ONE team member should upload the team's solution on, and only ONE solution per team should be uploaded. A team can only upload a solution for a challenge they are registered for and actually took part in. Before starting the upload process, please check the solution upload guidelines. To upload your solution login, go to "upload your solution" and follow the steps.


Participants or teams can be disqualified and excluded from DigiEdUhack for breaking one of the aforementioned rules/preliminary statements. If a single participant in a team breaks a rule, the participant will be excluded from their team and from DigiEduHack. The rest of the team can keep taking part in DigiEduHack. If a team as a whole breaks a rule, they will be excluded from DigiEduHack. Each challenge owner decides in full discretion on exclusions for their own event. The DigiEduHack central team decides in full discretion on exclusions for the global competition. Exclusions are definitive. Solutions that break the rules described in 2.4 will be disqualified. If a winning solution is disqualified, the challenge owner will organise a second deliberation and annouce a new winner. If a finalist solution or a global winning solution is disqualified, the Steering group as a whole or in a smaller quorum will assess a new finalist solution and a new public vote will take place.



Frequently asked questions

In 2018 Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin joined forces to establish the Berlin University Alliance. The aim of the alliance is to transform Berlin into an integrated research environment and one of Europe’s leading science hubs, crossing the boundaries of individual disciplines and institutions. Check out the website for more information.

“EIT Climate-KIC is a European knowledge and innovation community, working towards a prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy.” See their website for more information.

You did not find the answer? Please contact one of the organisers


The hackathon will be organized by the Department of International Affairs at TU Berlin in co-operation with the University’s Online Teaching Team. TU Berlin is one of Germany’s leading research universities offering a variety of degree programs with an emphasis on engineering and natural sciences, as well as economics, social sciences, planning sciences and humanities. The University places significant importance on developing science and technology for the benefit of society. (photo credit: philipp arnoldt)

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Paul Forberger



Dr. Ulrike Hillemann-Delaney

Project leader


Anja Igelmann



Dr. Ing. Alexandra Schulz



Dr. Anja Wipper


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DigiEduHack 2021 partners & supporters

DigiEduHack is an EIT initiative under the European Commission's Digital Education Action Plan, led by EIT Climate-KIC and coordinated by Aalto University. In 2021, the main stage event is hosted by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in cooperation with the International Research Center on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) under the auspices of UNESCO.

EIT Climate-Kic

Aalto University

European commission

Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

International Research Center on Artificial Intelligence

EIT Community: Human Capital