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Eduhack Peoples Choice Announcement

The votes are in!

Before I reveal the winner of the EduHack Peoples Choice award, I’ll give some context incase you’re just hearing about EduHack for the first time now.

Eduhack was Australia’s first educational hackathon that we hosted this month in Melbourne. The idea was to bring students, educators, entrepreneurs, designers and engineers together to share ideas, form teams, design digital products and rapidly co-create innovative solutions that tackle real education challenges over one jam packed weekend.

To hear how it all unfolded blow by blow, check out our earlier post.

The great thing about Eduhack is that after the weekend, the ideas don’t end, and we wanted to encourage that with a People’s Choice that ran for another week on Twitter. Teams spread the word about their innovative idea and got followers to vote online.

Congratulations to the winner of EduHack’s People Choice: Tock, giving students the ability to take ownership of their own timetable. Tock makes personalising timetables for students and teachers easy.

Team Tock took home a cash prize and mentoring supported from myEd and CNPE. 

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Fostering Innovation in Australian Education @ EduHack 2014

Wow, what an amazing weekend. We just finished hosting Australia’s first ever educational hackathon in Melbourne with our great partner CPNE.

Some of you might be wondering, what is a Hackathon? And why does it matter to the education community?

The idea was to bring students, educators, entrepreneurs, designers and engineers together to share ideas, form teams, design digital products and rapidly co-create innovative solutions that tackle real education challenges over one jam packed weekend.

The weekend kicked off with a Friday night Idea Pitch. This is where people with an idea on how to change education got up and gave a 60 second pitch on their idea. The sky really was the limit. There were so many amazing ideas on all aspects of education, from improving MOOC engagement, raising feminist awareness to unique school timetabling approaches. With the pitches all over, everyone had 15 minutes to find the idea they liked best and form a team.

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Launching Australia’s first education hackathon

We’re super pumped to announce that in partnership with the Centre of New Public Education we are running EduHack, Australia’s first hackathon focused on education!

What is a hackathon you ask?

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Hackathons have taken the world by storm over the last couple of years as a way to spark innovation and develop creative technology solutions for real world problems.

Initially however these hackathon events weren’t focused on a specific sector or issue – rather they were as Google defines, simply a large number of people engaging in collaborative computer programming, seeing what they could build across a single weekend.

Often they were run by technology companies, either start ups on a burning deadline, or internally as a tool for recruitment by companies like Facebook  (see the clip from the Social Network movie here).

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Hackathons Redefined

The model of a hackathon has changed considerably however from this early focus as the potential of hackathons for iginiting collaboration, innovation and a community (as well encouraging high levels of productivity in a short period of time) has been realized and recognized over the last 15 or so years.

Now globally, the model of what a hackathon is has shifted taking it’s core of bringing together a large group to collaborate across a weekend and applying it a range of different contexts, sectors, industries and challenges.

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