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Vancouver 'hackathon' draws hundreds of students

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – More than 400 university students from around the world are gathering in Vancouver this weekend for an education-themed “hackathon”, and the 24-hour contest won’t just test problem-solving skills.

Co-organizer Louise Dong says this year’s EduHacks includes general themes of virtual reality, artificial intelligence and something called Internet of Things.

“After they know what the topics and the themes are, they will get into their groups and they will start thinking about their innovative, education technology ideas and they will be starting to work on it for the next 24 hours.” she says.

Dong says more than 1,500 applications came from nearly 40 universities and as far away as Europe and Asia.

“I would say it’s going to be very hectic.”

She says the people involved will form teams based on mutual interest, with the goal of integrating technology into the design of exceptional learning experiences

“Education is very important for the next generation, so we want to use technology to improve education, so that’s why we started EduHacks.”

The hackathon at the Vancouver Convention Centre wraps up with a 3 p.m. awards ceremony on Sunday.