The first competition for developing applications for the study of mathematics in schools announced its winners

Nov 7, 2015

Photo: UNDP Moldova

The winners of the first hackathon to develop applications for the study of mathematics in schools were announced. The competition was held for a month and involved eight teams of students specializing in programming and design. The hackathon was held in the framework of a project implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), supported by the Government of Denmark. The event took place in partnership with the Centre for Electronic Governance, the Ministry of Education, the Moldovan Association of Information and Communications Technology Companies, (ATIC), Endava, StarNet and Microsoft.

EduSoft Hackathon represents a practical exercise for students to develop applications for the improvement of the efficiency of teaching mathematics in schools. The hackathon was launched on October 9, and during 5 weeks the participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas and receive feedback or recommendations from mentors. After three weeks of competition on October 24, the first Beta version of the application was tested by future users - teachers and students.

In the final stage six teams were selected. First place was awarded to the team Konio Softworks - with the application Mathyx, second to the team Born to Code - with MATH and third place went to the Floating Point team - with Point Math web page.

The Deputy Minister of Education Nadia Cristea said: "Information technologies in educational process is prompting for the change of the education paradigm. We support innovation in education and its promoters. We want school subjects to become more accessible and friendly both for children and teachers. "

Igor Bercu, Manager of e-Services Sector, e-Government Center, was impressed by the applications developed at EduSoft and said "This demonstrates once again that information technologies provide  more sophisticated models of the real world."

Alexander Oprunenco, UNDP policy specialist, stated that "solutions are viable only if users are involved in their creation. At the same time education sector is a dynamic field that requires a continuous exchange of information from teachers to students and vice versa. By creating conditions for them to learn through collaboration and use information technologies in the process, we can hope to prepare students for the complexity and continuous changing world".

The initiative of such a hackathon came from students that worked together with math teachers and mentors. In the end, the developed applications will be used by students and teachers from Moldova

 

Contact information

Cristina Lisii, Communication and Outreach Officer, MiLab - Social Innovation Lab, UNDP Moldova, Mobile: (+373) 69 805 062, Cristina.lisii@undp.org

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