The German-Brazilian EdTech Hackathon aims to help strengthen the exchange between Brazil and Germany. The goal is to find joint solutions to challenges in digital education that can be easily replicated and used by many people.
Liaison officer Sören Metz chaired the three-day event as co-moderator. Three academic representatives from TUM were also in São Paulo: Prof. Daniel Pittich, Professor of Technology Didactics at the TUM School of Education, took part in an academic workshop that preceded the hackathon. His research assistant Anna Maria Schneider was on site as a mentor and TUM Emeriti of Excellence Prof. Kristina Reiss was invited as a jury member.
Accessibility, equal opportunities, and environmental protection as core topics
The organizing team selected 30 participants from more than 100 applications from all over Brazil, who spent three days working on digital and creative solutions to various educational topics – such as barrier-free use of the Moodle learning platform for the visually impaired. "The teams presented innovative and target group-oriented products within a very short time," emphasizes Anna Maria Schneider.
In the end, the project from Tech_la prevailed: The team developed a low-cost device to be used for music education in schools that do not have access to musical instruments.
The winning team also participated in the German-Brazilian Congress for Innovation and Sustainability 2022 in São Paulo at the end of September. Second place went to the CICLOS team with its idea for a digital platform to promote environmental awareness among schoolchildren aged seven to 14.
Cooperation partners and funding
The event was a cooperation of TUM São Paulo, WWU Münster and its spin-off re:edu, Freie Universität Berlin, Gesellschaft für Akademische Studienvorbereitung und Testentwicklung e.V., and the Goethe-Institut. Many thanks also to the German German Center for Research and Innovation São Paulo for the financial support of the event.