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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: Event Finished

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Teams at Any Level

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 piloted.

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.

Event Details

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:

Submissions are due by Sunday, September 20 at 11:59 PM at the link in the submissions directions section.

Challenge Statements

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 students.


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.

 Academic Support

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.

 Industry Connections

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.

 Experiential Opportunities

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

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 and educators.

Submission Directions

Learn the Steps You'll Need to Compete, Submit, and Win.

Submit Your Presentation