The first competition for developing the application to support mathematics studying in schools was launched in Chisinau
9 October 2015

The first competition for studying mathematics in schools - EduSoft Hackathon – was launched on October 9, 2015 in Chisinau. The competition represents a practical exercise for the students to develop applications meant to increase the efficiency of mathematics teaching in school and to foster the students’ interest for this subject.

EduSoft Hackthon is organized by the Social Innovation Lab - MiLab, a Project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the E-Government Center, with the support of the Ministry of Education and Association of ITC Companies.

The Hacktahon is open for students specialized in programming, design, and marketing. The exercise shall be carried out during October 9 – November 7, a period in which the teams will meet every Saturday to develop the Beta version of applications. The participants will have the possibility to exchange ideas and to receive recommendations from experienced mentors. All applications will be tested by potential users – teachers and students. After the expiration of the four competition weeks, the participants will submit the developed applications to a jury composed of experts. The winning teams will benefit from gifts awarded by partners.

Alexandru Oprunenco, Policy Officer within UNDP Moldova, underlined that “Education does not represent a one-way street. The information should circulate freely from teachers to students, and vice-versa. The young people want to discuss, participate, and the educational games may turn any subject into a captivating one. This is the only way to rethink the educational system.”

It was the students who came up with the initiative of such a hackathon. In July 2015, MiLab tested this exercise at a smaller scale, with a team of 6 students from the Technical University of Moldova and with math teachers.

The deputy minister of Education, Nadia Cristea, present at the hackathon launch, said: “implementation of information technologies in education cannot happen without equipping the schools with educational operational programs. The initiative launched today encourages the students from the IT faculties to develop applications, which might be used in schools. If these applications will be appreciated by the competition jury and teaching personnel, the Ministry of Education will recommend their use in schools across the country”.  

“Such projects as EduSoft Hackathon foster and promote innovation in education. Even though the students of today are digital natives, many of them do not have the digital skills to succeed in school, at the faculty, and later at work”, mentioned Iurie Țurcanu, Executive Director of the E-Government Center. He also added that “in the digital age, they need more than ever to develop the capacities that will make them competitive on the world market”.

The Social Innovation Lab - MiLab represents a multilateral platform involving stakeholders from different sectors (public, private, non-profit, etc.) to explore and experiment innovative approaches in solving social problems.

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