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23 novembre 2021

One hackathon, many ideas for adult education

On 9 and 10 November the Epale Edu Hack let’s plan together the future CPIAs (provincial centres for adult education), the competition event addressed to CPIA’s students who competed in the planning of digital learning environments for distance and in-person learning. During the two-day parallel working sessions, each team had the chance to dialogue and be supported by expert mentors of digital communication strategies, graphic design, digital storytelling, web, collaboration platforms, and by all that may have been useful to support participants’ planning.

The event was preceded by a training path organized into 4 appointments in the month of October, cured by the teachers of the Ridap ICT IdA national network and by Indire researchers (find here the relating article).

The social hackathon proposed by Epale is an adaptation of the hackathon – short for “hack marathon” – usually addressed to information technologies development. In this case the challenge was about creating an educational planning and synthesis strategy involving technologies. The two-day Epale Edu Hack event was carried out online and in-person, creating a digital connection between the competing teams, their mentors, the official jury members and the public that was involved in the selection phase.

After having participated in the opening plenary session with the participation of Nello Iacono, coordinator of the project “Repubblica Digitale”, promoted by the Department for digital transformation of the italian Ministry for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition, the teams made up of teachers, students of adult education and local organizations, had 24 hours to complete their task. While working from their schools, disseminated all over Italy, the teams connected to the plenary virtual room for a mid-work feedback on the characterizing elements of the projects, and at the end, for the official presentation, broadcast in live streaming on Facebook on the official page of Epale Italy, in the presence of the public that voted for the best projects.

The students and the teachers involved presented their work in a dynamic and positive multilingual and multicultural environment, where each participant was the protagonist of a collective work as it is expected in a participative hackathon!

The jury – composed of Fulvio Ananasso, States-General on Innovation; Elisabetta Cogotti, USR Sardinia – Vocational Training Area, Adult Education; Andrea Bedorin, All Digital AISBL; Lorenzo Guasti, Indire researcher and technologist; and Annamaria Cacchione, researcher at Indire, IdA sector – appreciated the great variety of proposals, with regards to themes proposed, transferability of the technological and IT solutions, and response to the needs of learners and the local community. The ability of the teams to complete the projects in such a short time was also underlined.



The competing teams:

Team 1: CPIA 3 Turin “Tullio De Mauro”, Training Association 80
Team 2: CPIA 4 Rome, ITIS Armellini, Rome
Team 3: CPIA 2 Bergamo “Tullio De Mauro”, Cooperative Ruah
Team 4: CPIA Lecco “Fabrizio De André”
Team 5: CPIA Napoli Città 2, CIDIS Onlus, Naples
Team 7: CPIA BAT, Andria, MIGRANTESLIBERI – Social and solidarity cooperative
Team 8: ITET Dante Alighieri – Cerignola, Oltrebabele Association, Cerignola (FG)
Team 9: CPIA Terni 1, CIDIS onlus, Perugia
Team 10: CPIA 1 Brindisi
Team 11: Interprovincial CPIA Rome-Viterbo “G.Foti”
Team 12: CPIA2 Florence


Epale Edu Hack is part of the 2021 edition of DigiEduHack, an international event promoted by the European Commission and dedicated to digital skills. Lauren Chmiel, representing the DigiEduHack, intervened from Ljubljana, where the official European event was held, for an encouraging greeting to the Italian participants before the start of the final phase of the competition, recalling that this experience must be lived by organizations as an opportunity for creative freedom, participation of all regardless of roles, and circulation of new ideas to favour innovative approaches.


See all the projects on the Epale website >>

Watch the live broadcast of the semi-final >>