a hackathon providing you the mentoring and tools to make your learning and teaching innovations a reality.  

HackTheEDU is an opportunity to collaboratively develop apps, tools, and ideas to innovate your classroom experience, and the larger learning environment across Harvard.


Why should I participate?
This is an opportunity for students from allHarvard schools and programs to collaborate and develop applications, tools and ideas that can innovate their experience in the classroom or the larger learning environment at Harvard. Participants will also benefit from interaction with campus mentors from Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) and other schools/departments who will be available to provide technological expertise, institutional knowledge, and project management help.

What kinds of projects will we be working on?
HILT's mission is to catalyze innovation and excellence in Harvards' classrooms. #HackTheEDU projects will be organized around ideas that meet the educational needs of students, strengthen their experience in the classroom or the larger learning environment at Harvard, and contribute to the development of a robust campus network of teaching and learning innovators. Ideas should be broadly applicable and generalizable across the University. Click here to see some examples of project proposals, and submit your own idea!

Do I need to have programming experience?
No! #HacktheEDU participants need only have creative ideas and a desire to collaborate with others.

What will the top projects receive?
Top projects will be selected by a judging panel. These teams will meet with HILT to determine the scope and necessary resources for project development; resources include:

  • Funding. HILT has set aside up to $10,000 in funding through the HILT Grants Program to develop promising projects.
  • Mentorship and campus introductions. HILT works closely with individuals across all schools and units at Harvard and can help connect promising projects with collaborators and resources. 

What should I bring?

  • Your laptop and power cord. HILT will provide post-it boards, markers, and other collaborative material. HUIT will provide data sets based on the pitches received prior to the event.
  • Your 90 second pitch! There will be an opportunity to pitch project ideas at the beginning of the event, regardless of whether they were submitted ahead of time
  • Any specific snacks/beverages. HILT will provide lunch both days, in addition to snacks and beverages throughout the event and at the post-event reception. 

About #HackTheEDU
#HackTheEDU is a product of HILT's collaboration with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Digital Problem Solving Initiative, bringing together students, faculty, fellows, and staff to tackle digital problems on campus. 

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