What's up, DigiEduHack hosts?
Europe, Africa, Asia, South and North America – DigiEduHack happened all over the world in simultaneous 24-hour events on 3-4 October, 2019. We asked some of our DigiEduHack six questions prior to the event - check out their answers below!
Yeal Yaron, TA District ICT Supervisor & Karina Batat, Head of Beta School
1. What are your expectations for the upcoming DigiEduHack?
We expect the event to deliver a meaningful and applicable solution for the education system. This solution will be another significant step towards changing the foundations of education in our country. As hosts, we expect, first and foremost, that there will be a good atmosphere and communication between the people who will attend the event. We want to create an atmosphere that supports creativity and thinking outside the box.
Dries Vanacker, Educational Developer, Artevelde University of Applied Sciences2
2. What are you most excited about?
I am really looking forward to spending the night in one our campuses. This, in combination with great inspirational talks from professionals in the field, will be a great experience for all participants. Yes, the participants might be tired at the end of the 24-hour hackathon, but we will have had lots of fun and interesting discussions and ideas to explore.
Alexandra Balsenau, President, Go-Ahead Association
3. What are you most worried about?
A 24-hour event is very challenging for anybody. Coordinating a team of so many people involved in generating ideas that are to be validated and incorporated in future products or services is a huge responsibility. We will try to keep everybody engaged and motivated, so that at the end of the event we will be able to present valuable solutions that can further participate in the next phase of the international award process.
Ana Isabel Hibert, PhD student University of Edinburgh
4. What do you hope will be the outcome of DigiEduHack?
I hope the event will be fun and engaging. I want ideas to flow and conversations to happen. I want people from different disciplines and backgrounds to start talking together to find solutions to problems. Events like DigiEduHack are really important because digital education attracts a lot of people who don’t always communicate very well. Tech-minded people create all these amazing solutions and programmes that are not always pedagogically sound or useful, while educators tend to develop all these great ways to engage students but sometimes fail to make use of all the exciting possibilities technology has to offer. Bringing them together to start discussing both sides of digital education is incredibly important.
Kristina Krushinskaya & Ekaterina Dzhavlakh, ITMO DigiEduHack organizers
5. Why do you think DigiEduHack is needed?
We believe that an event such as DigiEduHack is especially necessary now. One of the biggest challenges of our time is the digitalisation of various spheres of life, and to make the transition to a better and digital future, right now we need to join forces and arrange a global brainstorming session on it. As we see it, DigiEduHack is a perfect opportunity to tackle the challenges of digital education, which is, moreover, held in a fresh and non-standard format.
Ján Rehák, PhD, Manager, Department of Business Administration and Entrepreneurship, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
6. How is DigiEduHack relevant to your organisation?
As our challenge is focused on Emerging Tech and Smart Campus, we hope that the solutions created will provide us with interesting alternatives to implement at our campuses across the country. It is the first time this event is held in Latin America, and we really hope to create a pilot model of DigiEduHack that will help us replicate the model across all our campuses in Mexico in the future. At the moment, Tec de Monterrey is implementing one of the biggest re-designs of educational models in Latin America; thus, this event can be of great added value to continue on the right track.