Pan-European student hackathon UNA.TEN
On 8 May, the University Alliance Europe (UNA Europa), an alliance of eight leading European research universities, concluded the pan-European student hackathon UNA.TEN – “Transform Emergency Now! 10 days for change”. The student taking part in the hackathon were looking for solutions to tackle challenges in COVID19 post-emergency times. Based on an open innovation design process, the student teams joined forces with local partners for four specific COVID-related challenges:
- (1) Rethinking entertainment and culture,
- (2) Securing privacy and preventing misconceptions in a digital world,
- (3) Ensuring traveler safety, and
- (4) Avoiding food waste.
The event attracted more than 100 students who worked together in 19 teams. These teams were multidisciplinary and the groups included students in business administration, IT, sociology and anthropology, design, etc. The solutions developed by the students included e.g. a customizable browser add-on to maximise digital protection (KU Leuven), an app guaranteeing safe sightseeing (Università di Bologna) and a short-circuit solution for sustainable beef supply (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne).
The representative of all universities stressed that the experience "demonstrated organisational resilience and the ability to create sensemaking spaces where several different cultures confront their approaches" (Bologna), "was an incredible learning experience a fast track for studying and learning" (Kracow and Leuven), and "showed that universities can be actors and not spectators in a crisis" (Paris).
More information on the website of UNA Europe: https://www.una-europa.eu/news/final-results-of-una-ten/