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17 September 2020

07:00 - 16:00

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Online Hackathon - Join us from wherever you are! Applications are open until Sunday, September 13, 2020.

It’s time to rethink everything. Let's start with education!

With the whole world reinventing itself, innovative learning formats are more important than ever. Digitization is not only changing the way we live and work but also how we teach and learn!

Join us on Thursday, September 17, 2020, and take your chance to be one of the creative minds redefining the future of education! Support innovative education startups and NGOs from the digital.engagiert cohort 2020, a support initiative of Amazon and Stifterverband aimed at fostering non-profits‘ and social enterprises‘ digitization projects, with your educational expertise or digital skills.

Broaden your network and learn from other social entrepreneurs how easy it can be to become an agent for change.

About the Hackathon

The third round of digital.engagiert has started in June! Out of more than 170 submitted project ideas, an expert jury has selected twelve teams that have made it into this year's round. The teams receive extensive coaching and benefit from a broad network of experts from technology, civil society, and social enterprises.

The Future of Education Hackathon is designed to bring the participating ventures/teams to the next level and aims to achieve three major goals:

  1. Strengthen and support civil society digitization projects aimed at education.
  2. Establish a collective impact format that encourages social entrepreneurs, education experts, and the tech community to work together.
  3. Develop digital solutions that help to redefine education.

Learn more about the participating ventures

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ApplicAid informs people from educationally disadvantaged groups about scholarships and supports them with their application.

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The path to university for students from families without university experience is often very difficult. Arbeiterkind supports these young people to be the first in their family to study.

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In the corona crisis many students are left on their own with the learning material and suffer from the new and unfamiliar learning atmosphere. CoronaSchool creates a virtual learning environment that enables students to cope with these challenges.

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We can’t protect the young generation from the challenges of the future. But we can give them the skills they truly need to overcome them: Dare2Care rethinks education to teach life’s most important psychosocial skills. With workshops in schools, online-workshops and social media education they empower children in their personality.

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The Digital Heroes team trains teachers and students who advise younger students on how to deal with personal data on the Internet, social networks, and the prevention of cyber-bullying.

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Education Innovation Lab’s new project "Digital Sparks" aims to make schools fit for the future and develop digital teaching materials that strengthen the competencies of students beyond the traditional learning content.


Enabling every child to access digital education - that is the vision of IT4Kids. Together with students who are enthusiastic about IT, IT4Kids offers age-appropriate IT courses for grades 3 to 6 that promote logic and process thinking.

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The regional association for children and youth travel Berlin Brandenburg, LAKIJU, wants to digitize its project JuLeiCa. With practice-oriented trainings the initiators convey methods of youth group work in a playful way.

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With the Garten-Real-Digital project, the Obst- und Gartenbauverein Thaleischweiler-Fröschen 1890 e.V. wants to rethink traditional gardening. Through workshops in kindergartens and schools, young people for example learn how a greenhouse can be controlled digitally.


The Sharezone project has set itself the goal of bringing the organization of schools into the digital age. Its app is an all-in-one platform that helps school classes to connect and share important materials for classes.

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With "Skateistan" the Goodpush Alliance project has created a global platform where they support and develop other social skateboarding projects with their experiences.

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The student project KonTEXT of the Munich University of Applied Sciences gives young people who have committed criminal offenses access to literature and a supervised examination of texts. In the future, multimedia offerings are to complement the reading project and strengthen the digital skills of all participants.

What's in for you?

  • Meaningful contribution & societal impact: Invest your time and apply your skills in a valuable and meaningful way to strengthen and shape civil society digitization projects aimed at education
  • Expanded professional network: Broaden your network and get to know digital experts from Amazon, AWS, education professionals from the Stifterverband and other thinkers and creative minds from technology, civil society and social enterprises
  • Valuable learning experiences and insights into the future of education: Work directly with these experts and with the inspiring digital.engagiert social entrepreneurs, learn how they identified “hot spots” within the current system and get a better understanding of how technology innovations can lead to new teaching and learning formats

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Software and development - coding in any language

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UI and/or UX design - generating mock-ups and visualisations

N3Xtcoder animated icon Data modelling and mining

Data modelling and mining - SQL, noSQL, or other ways to work with data

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Business modelling and the process of analysing viability and value of a product or service

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Marketing and the process of communicating the product or service to customers and user

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User experience or how to model the interactions with the product/service - generating wireframes and user flows is a bonus

This Hackathon is for you if ...

  • You are an individual (frontend, backend, full-stack developer; data scientist; UX/UI designer; digital marketer; education expert, or passionate and creative changemaker) with ambition, skills, and expertise to bring such a solution/concept into reality.


  • You want to bring in your experience as a facilitator to make sure our teams achieve the best possible outcome!

Either way, you become part of an interdisciplinary team bringing together innovators, education specialists, digital professionals, and entrepreneurs that aims to support one or more of the above-described projects.

In preparation for this hackathon, each team will have personal coaching sessions with N3XTCODER to define the hackathon challenges. A good outcome on the day will be the delivery of the predefined problem statement(s) from each team such as

  • Digital prototypes and landing pages with comprehensive graphs /designs
  • A new app/website feature
  • The UX design of a user journey
  • Concepts of non-digital and digital solutions
  • Pitch decks/marketing campaigns
  • A tracking system to better understand the user experience

You will learn more about the exact challenge and your team once we have accepted your application.

At the hackathon a top-class jury consisting of experts in the field of education, technology and society will evaluate the results. More information will be announced soon.

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We at N3XTCODER strongly support the Global Goals and aim for all our projects and partners to contribute to one or more of the 17 Global Goals that have been launched by the United Nations in 2015. A 17-point plan to end poverty, halt climate change and fight injustice and inequality, the Global Goals are the biggest attempt in the history of the human race to make the world a better place. A plan that 193 governments have agreed, a plan that the world wants and needs. A plan backed by leading business and organisations. A to-do-list for the planet that will only be achieved if everyone plays their part. N3XTCODER aims to identify and work with the best technology solutions and digital products that have the great potential to tackle the most pressing problems that persist today.

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