DigiEduHack Main Event 2019


Join us and co-create the future of education!

The DigiEduHack main event at Aalto University brought together more than 200 participants to solve five interesting challenges in digital education during 24 hours. We also had several amazing key note speakers addressing current topics in digital education. The main event was interconnected with 33 other simultaneous DigiEduHacks around the world, connecting a community of more than 1700 people!

Listen to the inspirational talks by experts in digital education here:
Inspirational talks on YouTube 


- 1000 € cash prize for the winning team of each challenge
- The best teams can win 5000 € in final global award contest and become EU’s Global Digital Education Ambassadors
- Sign up by the 25th of September and you'll have the chance to win tickets to Slush (two names will be drawn at the end of the event, attendance to the event is mandatory)
- The first 100 participants that sign up get their own DigiEduHack hoodie
- All participants get lunch, dinner, breakfast and lots of interesting program during 24 h
- Join alone or with a team, all fields of study are welcome and wanted
- No cost, the event is free for the participants 

Choose one of the four challenges below and sign up now!


The DigiEduHack event lasts for 24 hours, filled with exciting challenges to solve and lots of fun program. We'll have a range of international and local guests from the field of digital education giving speeches, debates and pitching training. The contestants can also relax in a sauna and hot tub!

03 October - 08:00

Doors opening

03 October - 09:00

Matchmaking session

Team buildning by Ultrahack

03 October - 10:00

Opening ceremony

03 October - 10:00

Fireside Chat on Digital Education

Minister of Education Li Andersson, Director of Innovation Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, teacher Arjana Blazic and Student Lumi Ketola to speak about digital education.

03 October - 11:00

Working lunch

Working and networking lunch for participants and mentors

03 October - 13:00

Christina Riesen: Learning Spaces / Becoming Educreators

03 October - 13:15

EIT Raw Materials presentation

03 October - 13:30

Mark Brown: Learning Spaces & Pedagogies

03 October - 13:45

Rui Coutinho: Access & Availability

03 October - 14:00

Ilkka Niemelä: Emerging Technologies for Education

03 October - 14:15

The best future skills for children and citizens in Kauniainen

03 October - 14:30

Transforming Learning with Technology

United Nations Technology and Innovation Lab / Tiina Neuvonen

03 October - 15:00

Winning teams from Dare to Learn

03 October - 17:00

Pitch training

03 October - 18:00


04 October - 06:00

Breakfast & yoga

04 October - 07:00

Pitching and judging

04 October - 08:30

Linda Castañeda: Digital Competences & Capabilities

04 October - 08:45

Final keynote @DigiEduHack

Line Gry Knudsen

04 October - 09:15

Aalto DigiEduHack Awards Session

04 October - 09:45

Final words and next year plan

Begoña Arano

DigiEduHack Speakers

We have invited keynote speakers from all over Europe, who are all experts in their field in digital education. The speakers will give us innovative and inspiring insights in the latest trends in the field. We will also have an amazing masters of ceremony, André Noël Chaker.


André Noël Chaker

Master of Ceremony

In 2015 André received the Business Moderator of the Year award by the customers of Speakers Forum. He was once again nominated Speaker of the Year in 2017. For the past five years André has spoken at over 500 business events in Finland and abroad.


Li Andersson

Minister of Education, Finland

Minister of Education Li Andersson heads the Ministry. In accordance with the division of responsibilities agreed by the Government, she is responsible for early childhood education and care, general education and vocational education and training.

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Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva

Director for Innovation, DG Education and Culture, European Commission

Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva has had a long career in different European Commission oganisations. Prior to that she worked for five years at the Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the EU. She is a graduate in political science of Sofia University.


Arjana Blazic

Teacher, education technology consultant and speaker. Member of the DigiEduHack Steering Group

Teacher Trainer with the International Expert Working Group for the Implementation of the Curriculum Reform in Croatia at the Croatian Ministry of Education. Her research focuses on the impact of digital technologies on teacher PD and the ways in which ICT contributes to building teacher capacity.


Lumi Ketola

Master’s student in Energy Technology at Aalto University

She is a member of the board at Aalto University Student Union AYY, where she works with education policy. She is passionate about learning, and curious about where digitalization can take us.


Christina Riesen

Entrepreneur, startup coach and lecturer, member of the DigiEduHack Steering Group

Former GM for Evernote in Europe, Middle East&Africa, she founded We Are Play Lab Foundation to accelerate positive change in education. Cristina define herself as a designer of change who explores the unknown and works at the intersection of education, technology and disruptive innovation.

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Mark Brown

Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning. Member of the DigiEduHack Steering Group

He is both a Fellow and Executive Committee member of the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) and serves on the Supervisory Board of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU).

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Linda Castañeda

Associate Professor (tenured) in Educational Technology, Member of the DigiEduHack Steering Group

Her research and teaching focus on the implementation and impact of technologies in the educational models, processes and practices.


Ilkka Niemelä

President of Aalto University

He is a professor of Computer Science and has a Doctorate from Helsinki University of Technology in 1987. In 2014–2017 he served as Provost of Aalto University and earlier as Vice President for academic affairs and as Dean of the School of Science


City of Kauniainen

Taru Koskinen, Heidi Backman, Aarro Lehtovaara, Nino Savukoski

The team from Kauniainen is passionate about giving children and citizens the best future digital skills. From the left, Taru Koskinen, Learning Environment Designer, Aarro Lehtovaara, student and Heidi Backman, Director of Education and Culture. Student Nino Savukoski is missing from the picture.

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Tiina Neuvonen

Thematic Lead in Education, UN’s Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL) in Finland

She is a sociologist & innovation professional combining and understanding of people, technology, and innovation. Currently, she works at the UN’s Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL) in Finland as a Thematic Lead in Education after being an innovation focal point at UNESCO New York and Tanzania.


Line Gry Knudsen

Acting Director of Education, EIT-Climate KIC

She focuses on ensuring competence development opportunities for students, professionals and future entrepreneurs addressing climate change challenges. She holds a PhD degree in University-Industry collaboration from Copenhagen Business School.

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Begoña Arano

Head of Unit for ‘Innovation and EIT’, DG Education and Culture, European Commission

She joined the European Commission in 1998 as Scientific Officer at the Directorate-General for Research, within the Unit for Marie Curie Fellowships (Improving Human Potential Programme). From 2007 she served as Head of Unit in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.

Rui Coutinho

Member of the DigiEduHack Steering Group

Executive Director of the Center of Business Innovation at Porto Business School

Ian McCready

Master of practicalities


Aalto University, Harald Herlin Learning Center


Otaniementie 9
02150 - Otaniemi, Espoo

How to get there

By bus: There are some bus lines serving Otaniemi: 111, 550, 510, 552 and 555. All these stop by the Aalto University Metro station, entrance A (Otaniementie). Outside the Metro operating hours bus 551N runs to Otaniemi, via Metro station's entrance B (Tietotie).

By metro: There are two exits from the Metro station, Otaniementie and Tietotie. Via Otaniementie, you can access the main event venue, Harald Herlin Learning Centre.

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