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Belgium-Brussels: Expanding and Scaling Up the Digital Education Hackathon
Prior information notice
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Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Expanding and Scaling Up the Digital Education Hackathon
The Digital Education Hackathon (https://digieduhack.com/en/) was piloted for three consecutive years under the Digital Education Action Plan 2018-2020 and it quickly became one of the European Commission’s flagship initiatives on digital education. The initiative will continue under the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027, with a long-term goal to support grass-root innovation and contribute to the objectives of the Digital Education Hub. The implementation of the Digital Education Hackathon will be done through an open call for tenders covering the design, implementation and full evaluation of the next three editions of the Digital Education Hackathon (2023-2024-2025). The tender will be organised in view of establishing a service contract for further developing and scaling up the Digital Education Hackathon; managing, expanding and engaging its community; supporting the dissemination and implementation of valuable solutions; linking the initiative with the Digital Education Hub.
The services will be performed at:
— contractor's premises;
— contracting authority’s premises;
— other locations as necessary for a successful implementation of the Digital Education Hackathon.
The Digital Education Hackathon, also known as DigiEduHack, was one of the actions of the Digital Education Action Plan 2018-2020, specifically designed to promote stakeholder engagement and user driven innovation in digital education. In a short period of time, it became one of the flagship initiatives of the European Commission on digital education.
The Digital Education Hackathon focuses on the ‘future of education in the digital age’ and engages educational institutions and other organisations working in the education field in a ‘contest’ to identify key challenges and co-create solutions across disciplines and organisations on digital education matters. So far, it has been organised as a two-day event made of 24 hours of work – e.g. ‘hacking’ and ‘generating ideas’ - and it has been composed by a series of local events and a high-level main stage event, which opens and closes the Hackathon. As a grassroot initiative, participation is open to hosting organisations from EU Member States, but also to other European and neighbouring countries and beyond.
After being piloted under the Commission's Digital Education Action Plan 2018-2020 and implemented for three editions, the Digital Education Hackathon can be considered now to have achieved a proof of concept and it is ready to be scaled up, by increasing its sustainability, impact and accessibility.
The general objective of the open call for tenders is to expand and scale up the Digital Education Hackathon by revising, when relevant, its concept, expanding and actively engaging its community, and fully implementing the initiative for three consecutive years (2023-2024-2025).
The specific objectives of the open call for tenders are:
1. to finalise the design of the next three editions of the Digital Education Hackathon (2023-2024-2025) on the basis of the lessons learnt and taking over the activities from the organisations who worked on its implementation during the first three years (2019-2020-2021);
2. to implement three editions of the Digital Education Hackathon (2023-2024-2025), from recruiting hosting organisations and participants to supporting the different local events, from managing the main stage to identifying, rewarding and following up on the best solutions;
3. to promote, disseminate and raise awareness about the Digital Education Hackathon and its value proposition, including by ensuring further development and maintenance of the Digital Education Hackathon website and communication channels;
4. to manage the governance structure of the Digital Education Hackathon including members, mandate and activities of the Steering Group and the Network of National Ambassadors.
5. to support, expand and further develop an engaged community, including by offering specific networking and community building activities throughout the year(s);
6. to ensure a successful management of the overall initiative in all its components and high quality documentation for a possible handover after the end of the contract.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
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