The European Commission has set up a goal to ensure that education systems make good use of digital technologies and prepares school students for the labour market and life in the world of continuous change. For this reason, The European Commission will be launching a 24h European Hackathon taking place on 3-4 October 2019. On 21st of January, the Board member Edvardas Vabuolas joined professors, teachers and experts of digital competences to hold a first face-to-face meeting.

The Digital Education Hackathon is an annual contest to identify key challenges for education in the digital age and co-create solutions across disciplines and organisations. The event, led by EIT Climate-KIC and coordinated by Aalto University, is part of the European Commission’s Digital Education Action Plan (DEAP - Action 11). You can read more about the Action Plan here

As a student representative, Edvardas has the mandate to contribute to shaping the event, provide advice on the methodology in exploring essential concepts and challenges, set up a communication plan on how to reach out to educational and research institutions, NGOs and businesses interested in supporting the Hackathon. He will also make sure that the perspective of school students is never left behind in the discussion, and will do as much as possible to involve the Membership of OBESSU in this initiative.

We thank EC for making school student voice heard, with excitement do we wait for a follow-up virtual meetings in the next months and the event in October itself!