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Digital Education Hackathon Global Award Ceremony

9 June 2022
Online event, 15:00-16:00 CEST

 

The Digital Education Hackathon Global Award Ceremony will be an opportunity to meet and celebrate the success of the three winning teams of the Digital Education Hackathon 2021 Global Award - ‘11 Chips’, ‘BeeSmart’ and ‘GoGreen’.

The teams will present their innovative solutions and take part in a discussion with Themis Christophidou, Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture at the European Commission.

Watch the event live

Watch this event live on 9 June at 15:00 - 16:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST).

For more updates, follow us at @DigiEduHack, @EUDigitalEdu and #DigiEduHack on Twitter.

Programme

Biography

Mariya Gabriel is the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport. Under her leadership, the new Horizon Europe, Erasmus+, and the cultural strand of Creative Europe programmes (2021-2027) will be defined and implemented. 

Between 2017 and 2019, Mariya Gabriel was European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. She proposed the new Digital Europe programme, worked on EU Strategy on AI, disinformation online, cybersecurity and launched the EuroHPC strategy. She has extensively engaged with external EU partners to enhance digital cooperation, in particular with the Western Balkans and Africa. She was elected as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in 2009, 2014 and 2019. Mariya Gabriel is First Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP), and, since 2012, Vice-President of EPP Women.

Commissioner Gabriel is a board member of the United Nations youth programme Generation Unlimited (GenU). She has been ranked among the 50 most influential women in Europe in the field of cybersecurity by the leading European cybersecurity magazine SC Media UK (2019).

Commissioner Gabriel is also known for her involvement in the fight for gender equality. Among others, she received the prestigious Italian prize “Golden Apple” for highest achievements for women. At the European Parliament, she was awarded twice “MEP of the year” – in 2016 for the Development category, and in 2013 for the Gender Equality category.

In November 2020, Commissioner Gabriel received the Annual Award of the Vienna Economic Forum “Partner of the Year 2020” for contribution to the economic development, rewarding Ms Gabriel’s vision of a European knowledge strategy comprising the European Education Area, the European Research Area and the new Digital Education Action Plan.

She holds a Master’s degree in political sciences and international relations from the Institute of Political Studies (Bordeaux, FR) and a Bachelor’s degree in Bulgarian and French Languages from “Paisii Hilendarski” University (Plovdiv, BG).

Biography

Themis Christophidou has been the Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission since March 2018. She is a civil engineer with 35 years of experience in private and public sector management.

After having worked in the private sector for 15 years, she joined the European Commission in 2001. During the last 20 years, she has held various positions, including in the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, as Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and as Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

Themis Christophidou is an alumna of the civil engineering faculty of the Metsovio Polytechnic University of Athens. Born in Famagusta, Cyprus, she is trilingual, being fluent in Greek, French and English.

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Biography

Biography

Themis Christophidou has been the Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission since March 2018. She is a civil engineer with 35 years of experience in private and public sector management.

After having worked in the private sector for 15 years, she joined the European Commission in 2001. During the last 20 years, she has held various positions, including in the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, as Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and as Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

Themis Christophidou is an alumna of the civil engineering faculty of the Metsovio Polytechnic University of Athens. Born in Famagusta, Cyprus, she is trilingual, being fluent in Greek, French and English.

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The 2021 Hackathon

The third edition of the Digital Education Hackathon took place on 9-10 November 2021 with more than 50 local events across 34 countries globally and a main stage event in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

With 50 local winning solutions and 13 finalists running for the Global Award, the ideas of ‘11 Chips’ (Hachi), ‘BeeSmart’ and ‘GoGreen’ were selected by the public vote for their quality and innovativeness. Learn more about the winners.

Background

The Digital Education Hackathon is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and part of the Commission’s Digital Education Action Plan.

It is led by the EIT-Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) and has been coordinated by Aalto University in Finland.

The main stage event in 2021 was hosted by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in cooperation with the International Research Institute on AI under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI).