61/365 Inspiration

by D Vgz March. 03, 2019 235 views

One of the reasons I didn't get the chance to post any pictures this week is because I participated in a Hackathon. Don't know if any of you know the concept? It's an event in which mainly people involved in software development, but also people from other fields form small teams and try to come up with an innovative idea/solution to the problem that is presented. We had to come up with a solution for the problem: ''How can we make sure that all children have the same opportunities in the dutch educational system?'' We had 36 hours to come up with a idea before we had to present it.

Never done anything like this. It was a fun experience, although I'm not really the type for programming and diving into all kind of software. Although the picture itself isn't really inspiring, the whole room was full of it the past two days!

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Lee Santiva 1 year, 3 months ago

It sounds to me it was more like Design Thinking than a Hackathon if you weren‘t actually delivering usable code at the end of session.
However from your response to Laurie it sound like one group did code an app. Were you given access to a big data set or was it bring your own?

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D Vgz Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 3 months ago

Maybe it would be better to call it Design Thinking, for a next time ;) 

We had access to some data, but not all. It was already very difficult to get the available data and make sure it was completely anonymous. There is a lot more data that would be very useful, but that may be available for few people with a brilliant idea, of course after signing a non-disclosure (we signed a form as well for this Hackathon).

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Lee Santiva Replied to D Vgz 1 year, 3 months ago

Sounds very interesting and exciting - I can very well imagine what it was like and I share your experience with not being able to get the data sets needed to move forward to validate ideas and code. Thanks for sharing!

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Laurie Madsen 1 year, 3 months ago

Some things are hard to convey in photos!
Can you summarize the solution? (in words)? Sounds interesting!

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D Vgz Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year, 3 months ago

Well, it is of course to complex to come up with a real solution. If it were that simple, we wouldn't have to worry about it so much ;) 

However, the winning group came up with some interesting research questions (as long as you did something with data, it was okay. You did not have to do something with programming or whatsoever). They analysed if there were differences between schools with the same CITO-score (a test children do to get an advise on which level they can probably achieve at secondary school) regarding how many children actually went to a higher level of secondary school. There was, which is an interesting fact. So now they want to analyse which factors these schools (the ones who 'deliver' more children to the higher levels) have in common. That will then be a starting point for new policies.

There was also a group that came up with an app, a digital coach/study buddy for every student. Advise is then being given based on tons of big data (I think it can sorta be compared to how cookies work on the internet..).  Another group wanted to bring project based learning back, where students do not follow courses but learn it all while integrated in a project. There was also a group who wanted to give children more say in what and how they learn, based a on the idea that the system isn't a one size fit all and there are a lot of children who can achieve more if they can just follow there own path.

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Laurie Madsen Replied to D Vgz 1 year, 3 months ago

Very interesting concepts! Thank you for sharing, it sounds like a lot of brainstorming was going on!
Sounds like all ideas/concepts are powerful options. Now, if there was only a magic button to push that would seamlessly integrate them all as one!

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