Harvard HackED: HIVE Education Hackathon

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge
From Oct 16th 2015
To Oct 18th 2015
See the website


Want to reimagine the future of learning? Want to tackle challenges facing education? Interested in developing a new school model? Got ideas for an educational app? Inspired to solve problems that plague our education system?

Harvard HackED, an education hackathon organized by HIVE (Harvard GSE Innovation & Ventures in Education), is a 3­-day event for student teams to propose, design, and test solutions to educational challenges. Mentors and workshop leaders will guide participants through ideation, prototyping, testing, and pitching.

HIVE invites Harvard and other Boston-area undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds, including education, policy, engineering, science, arts, design, business, and more to participate in our Hackathon, to create new education-related projects from scratch and develop them over a period of 3 days. 

Technical skills or programming experience is not required. Bring your creativity, energy, and open mind to share with fellow participants!




Friday 10/16 (3-­7pm) - Kick Off

Onsite registration, orientation, and team formation.

Saturday 10/17 (9am­-7pm)

Brainstorming, idea refinement, mockup, testing, and presentation preparation. Starting early at 9am, group mentors and experts will work with individual groups to push ideas forward and help build momentum. The day wraps at 7pm with a final push for preparing team demos and presentations.

Sunday 10/18 (12­-4pm) - Hackathon Showcase & Celebration

Teams pitch their ideas to a judging panel, who will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback and critique.


To ensure the best experience for those who take part in the event, we are limiting the total number of participant slots. We will work to accommodate as many interested applicants as possible.



Is the event open only to HGSE or Harvard University students? This event is open to ALL undergraduate and graduate students in the Boston area and we encourage everyone interested to apply! I've never attended a hackathon before. Can I still apply? Absolutely! There are no prerequisites for attendance. We will scaffold the experience in such a way that everyone can contribute and learn, regardless of technical or education experience. Where can I find out more details about specific agenda items for the weekend? Once your participation is confirmed by our event coordinator, you will receive detailed information for the weekend, including a full agenda, hackathon background information, and detailed logistics. What if I am unable to participate for some portion of the weekend (e.g. 'I cannot attend Friday night')? Active attendance is required all weekend. There is a public kickoff on Friday at 3pm that we encourage all to attend. Mandatory attendance is required starting at 4:30pm on Friday through Sunday at 3pm.

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