This November, creators, innovators, teams, individuals, entrepreneurs and citizens from all over the world got together during DigiEduHack - a 2-day hackathon rethinking the standards of digital education.
As a part of the Circular Influence mission to drive positive climate impact whilst creating synergies between Latin America and Europe, we welcomed 3 novel countries into the hackathon. During this second edition, we opened registrations to Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Argentina, Peru and Uruguay.
As already mentioned, DigiEduHack pays close attention to digital transformation and education but local organizers and National Leads, such as Circular Influence have to propose their regional challenge.
People from all over the world were able to dare themselves when solving our challenging question:
How can communities in EU & LATAM have access to digital systems innovation education and use it to sustainably protect, manage, and restore their food, agriculture & land use local ecosystems?
As tough as this topic may seem, we arrived by the end of the 2-day hackathon at various solutions, each tackling the issue in their own unique way.
DigiEduHack started on the 9th of November at 13:00 as we had to accommodate to many different time zones. In addition, we offered the whole programme in 2 languages to answer our large Hispanic audience as well as other countries in English. The agenda was launched with an opening ceremony where the Circular influence founder, Juliette Coca, gave an encouraging speech to all participants as well as the rest of the CI team.
Our experts took over very soon and jumped into a sequence of Workshops, Data and Research seminars, Pitch Trainings, Design Sessions, Ideation Phases and much more to refine the pitches and solidify their business models in front of the jury.
On the second day of DigiEduHack, coaches trained the teams through more workshops and rehearsed the pitches with now fully formed teams. And once the submission deadline was over, all the teams presented their pitch during the Festival of Ideas. We were glad to see people from many countries come together and provide a professional pitch about their solution addressing agriculture, digitization and education. The jury did not hesitate to test the innovators with burning questions to decide who will be amongst the winners.
Circular influence and our sponsors offered scholarships, direct passes to other events, intensive boot camps and other knowledge-based rewards. Nonetheless, DigiEduhack is not over because all of our winning teams are going to represent us at the Global Finals in a couple of months. The three DigiEduHack 2021 Global Award-winning teams will each get 5000€ and their members will be nominated DigiEduHack Global Ambassadors for a year. They will also gain the opportunity to pitch their solution to Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, during a high-level Awarding ceremony in 2022.
Circular Influence cannot wait to see how our teams succeed at the next stage of DigiEduHack!