Join us at the NEW D'Youville Higher Education Hackathon. Collaborate on a solution
with a partnering organization. Directly impact the lives of students.
D'Youville's Higher Ed Hackathon 2020 is a week-long virtual event and community experience
that partners participating teams with organizations to co-develop solutions to higher
education's biggest challenges. Build your team, explore your problem with your partnering
organization, and virtually pitch your solution to an audience of like-minded, engaged
higher education professionals and thought leaders. Top teams will be awarded prizes
and accolades at our virtual awards ceremony.
Event Dates: Monday, September 14 to Monday, September 21, 2020
If you have a question about an event or an idea for a hackathon event, email us.
From student to education professional, apply with a team of up to 5 individuals to
compete. Education is for everyone, and so is this hackathon.
New Problems, Meet New Solutions
Over the course of 5 days, your team will collaborate with your partnering organization
to create a solution to a real-world problem. Solutions should not have been previously
Prizes + Support
Higher Ed Hackathon winners will receive seed money to develop and deploy their solutions,
along with incubator and development space from D'Youville.
An Open Higher Ed Community
Whether you're passionate about Higher Ed or you're just a problem solver looking
for your next project, during the hackathon you'll connect with a like-minded community
in unique, virtual events.
One Week. Concept. Develop. Pitch.
Claim your partner. Define your problem. Craft a solution and create your video pitch
in one week. Solutions should not have been previously piloted. Panelists will choose
the best of the best. Can you do it?
A Hackathon Project
The Higher Ed Hackathon is a strategic community project powered by D'Youville. Along
with the Healthcare Hackathon, it is part of the D'Youville Hackathons brand.
Learn More About the D'Youville Higher Ed Hackathon.
The D'Youville HE Hackathon is a completely self-paced virtual event. You can sign
up using the form below.
On Monday, September 14, be on the lookout for a welcome email that includes:
A welcome video from your hosts at D'Youville,
Your assigned challenge statement,
Contact information to set up meetings with our event mentors (should you so choose
to during the week),
And more information about the follow-up awards ceremony.
Submissions are due by Sunday, September 20 at 11:59 PM at the link in the submissions
Choose Your Challenge!
The D'Youville Higher Ed Hackathon is designed to develop real solutions to real problems.
Read the challenges below and pick the three that speak to you and your team when
you sign-up. Before the hackathon starts, we'll let you know which challenge you'll
be working on, and then it's up to you to develop, pitch, and win.
Wellness [Cannon Design Sponsor Statement]
Studies show academic pressure, financial stressors, and evaluative-comparative social
media are just a few of the stressors that disproportionately impact low-income, first-generation
and minority college students health and well-being. Design an orientation (first
year experience) course that creates a path to mental and physical wellness for all
Traditional admissions standards such as high school GPA and prior grades can be a
barrier and may not accurately reflect a student’s ability to succeed. Design an admissions
process that considers the whole person.
Time to Completion
Every student is different and not every student learns at the same pace, yet we measure
learning by seat time. Design a model that allows students to speed up their time
to degree completion.
The range of students entering higher education has never been more diversified than
now. Leverage technology and predictive analytics to design a support system that
better meets student’s holistic needs.
Accessibility and Availability
Recent reports state that 70% of college students are working in a part-time or full-time
job and many also have family-care responsibilities. Design courses that allow students
access to learning regardless of time and location.
College graduates are the talent pipeline for many companies and industries. Design
intentional connections between these two industries to maximize the impact across
the following areas: academics, partnerships, experiential learning opportunities,
and workforce development.
Hands-on learning experiences and experiential opportunities are often decentralized
and are not available to all students. Design an innovative and centralized way to
connect industry, faculty, students, and the community.
Cost & Finances
Rising tuition makes higher education cost-prohibitive for many people who see education
as a means of economic mobility. Design a low-cost degree model or program to make
college more affordable to those who need it most.
Register a Team
Sign Up to Compete
As hackathon participants, you'll be partnered with a higher education organization
to develop solutions to problems affecting students across the country and the world.
As a winner, you'll work to develop your solution and you'll be incentivized to complete
key steps along the way to ensure your solution makes an impact on the lives of students