Winning ideas from Summer Hackathon

Summer 2019 Hackathon group photo
Summer 2019 Hackathon group photo

The summer hackathon took place at the student Change Agents Network Conference from 29-30 May 2019 at the Open University, Milton Keynes. Seven teams participated in the hackathon developing ideas around supporting health and well being, using AI for learning and implementing the intelligent campus.

Alex Lydiate from Jisc who ran the hackathon says

Helping to run hackathons is among my favourite activities in my work at Jisc. I am always left inspired by the innovation, the engagement and the hard work of the students. Our hackathon at the Change Agent’s Network conference, hosted exceptionally by The Open University, saw some great ideas being worked by a superb cohort of students from across six institutions.

I was particularly impressed by our winners from UCL. Their project, to create a chatbot which allows medical students to practice conversational diagnosis. was exemplary in preparation and implemented with precision and elegance. This was a perfect example of the opportunity I cherish from these events, to turn my mind to new ideas and to learn – I learnt that medical studies refer to the process of diagnosis as algorithms. Natural, then, to take such a formal flow and implement it as they did – a beautifully clear idea, and one I hope they will continue developing.

The winning teams

AvaMD was created by two post graduate medical stduents from University College London. Using AI they developed a prototype to train and assess medical students comminciation skills when interacting with patients or responding to an emergency. They have produced a blog post on their experience and provided a demo site for the product AvaMD.

TakeCare App – an integrated students’ wellbeing service on the go developed by students from the University of Cranfield. The app is  a a peer to peer support forum-based application aimed at students, read their blog to find out more about the app and their experience at the hackathon.

And finally the winner of the Jisc Digifest hackathon from the University of Hull undertook another major challenge and this time used cameras to explore lecture analytics and student engagement, they shared this blog on their experience and the product they developed

We are already planning our next hackathion event, so keep an eye on the Get Involved page  for future events and you still have until 31 July to enter ideas to the edtech challenge competitions.

By Paul Bailey

Head of co-design, part of a research and development team

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