This Estonian event is part of the worldwide series of digital education hackathons called "DigiEduHack," with over 40 hackathons happening in a week with nearly 2000 participants. Up to six winning solutions from Estonia will advance to compete with the best ideas from other hackathons.
Over 200 education enthusiasts have registered for the three-day event, of which 13% are teachers. Participants are from 45 countries across all continents, including the United States, Bangladesh, Brazil, Indonesia, China, Canada, Colombia, Greece, Germany, Togo, South Africa, Peru, Ukraine, and others. Over half of the participants are hackers from Estonia.
Teams of up to eight members are seeking solutions for digital green education, personalized and STEM education, transitioning to Estonian-language education, adult education, and supporting the development of future teachers. Over thirty Estonian and international mentors will mentor them, and participants will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in various workshops.
According to Inga Kõue, the knowledge-intensive startup project manager at Startup Estonia, the significance of EdTech Hack in the Estonian education landscape is essential for addressing challenges in education, where technology can play a role in making new innovative ideas accessible.
For the project manager of the hackathon, Janika Leoste, what brings the most joy is that the challenges in Estonian education also interest foreigners.
"For example, among the authors of ideas for transitioning to Estonian-language education, there are also several foreigners for whom integration into Estonian society is important," Janika said when presenting the ideas.
The presentations of nearly 50 ideas on Friday afternoon, inspirational speeches by Aivar Hiio, the advisor for learning paths at the Ministry of Education and Research, Aija Sakova, the head of entrepreneurship cooperation and knowledge transfer at Tallinn University, and a visionary presentation by Gert Jervan, the dean of the IT faculty at TalTech, on "AI and future education," can be watched live on Tallinn University's YouTube channel. The elevator pitches and award ceremony on Sunday afternoon can also be watched on YouTube.
The hackathon is organized by the School of Educational Sciences of Tallinn University in cooperation with EdTech Estonia and Startup Estonia. Tallinn University, the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, Ülemiste City, Lae End, Praktikal, the Tallinn Education Department, Tallinn International School, Tallinn University of Technology, Telia, Selver, Bonolab, and others have provided prizes for the best solutions.
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