Coding Jam @ the Future Classroom Lab and online
Coding allows us to write our stories with technology. The more we know about it, the more we are capable to actively contribute to our today's society.
The European Coding Initiative, along with the Future Classroom Lab ambassadors and Learning Labs' network, is organizing an international hackathon on 20 October, where teams from schools and learning labs across Europe and beyond will have the chance to build and share their projects.
The organisers will lead the work from the Future Classroom Lab in Brussels, and any team joining up the initiative is most welcome to organise its own branch event, participate to the competition and connect online.
The aim of this initiative is to raise awareness on the importance of digital skills for a digital citizenship and experiment together how engaging and meaningful is to create digital content and tools, and to become makers rather than just consumers of technology.
N.B. The hackathon is open to everyone (educators, students, practitioners, parents, policy makers…) and no previous knowledge of computer programming is required. All coding languages (including visual one as Scratch, Kodu, Alice, etc.) are absolutely fine.
The hackathon will revolve around three major themes, and best projects will be awarded under the following categories:
DIGITAL CREATIVITY. Design an interactive game or an animation, develop a software or an app, build a robot, compose a song…unleash your creativity!
PROBLEM SOLVING. Are you concerned about a problem affecting your school or community? How would you help to solve it via technology?
THE FUTURE OF LEARNING. Innovators drive the change and transform the world we live in. How do you think teaching and learning should look like in the future?
How does it work?
TEAM UP, build a team of ideally 3-7 people. Everyone is welcome.
The event is open to pupils, students, teachers, parents, professionals, anyone. Make sure your team encompasses a variety of competencies and skills. Diversity is a value.
MIND THE TIME, you will have up to 8 hours to develop your prototype.
On the 20th of October, at 9:30 in the morning, the organisers @ the Future Classroom Lab in Brussels, will kick off the hackathon, unveiling the specific topic of the competition. From that moment on, you will have 8 hours to complete the activity and submit your video and prototype sheet by 5:30 pm.
BE CREATIVE, unleash your imagination and be disruptive.
There is no limit. You can create everything you want. Design an interactive game or an animation, develop a software or an app, build a robot, compose a song, hack something that already exists. Your imagination and creativity will make it special.
BE AMBITIOUS, your idea is special, make sure all the teams can see this too.
The world wants to learn more about your idea. Take pictures or record videos during the creative process, share what's going on with other teams. By the end of the hackathon you will have to produce a catchy 2-minute-long video to share your creation, along with a short document outlining the main elements of your prototype.
HAVE FUN, make the best out of this experience, but first of all enjoy and have fun.
Inventing, building, hacking is extremely engaging, so make sure all the members of your team enjoy it. Be respectful and attentive to others' opinions and views, teamwork is the key to success (and fun).
Want to know more?
If you are interested in the initiative and you are considering setting up a team and joining the hackathon, please fill in this form and we will make sure to keep you posted on the developments.
We will inform you as soon as the full guidelines to join the event are available, and we'll let you know how to join the open webinars that will be organised in preparation of the event.