Pratham.org Education Hackathon Kickoff

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Pratham.org Education Hackathon Kickoff

Time: January 9, 2015 from 5pm to 6:45pm
Location: Classroom 707, Symbiosis Institute for Computer Studies and Research
Street: Atur Centre. Gokhale Crossroads, Model Colony.
City/Town: Pune
Website or Map: http://punestartups.org/forum…
Event Type: hackathon, kickoff
Organized By: Prajakta Mahajan
Latest Activity: Jan 9, 2015

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Event Description

Objective: Invite IT individuals, teams of individuals, companies and organizations to participate in the kickoff of Pratham Education Hachathon. All are invited to get introduced to the hackathon and interact with Dr Madhav Chavan. Here is an opportunity to transform learning using technology and reach millions of children in India. You can win cash prize and get recognition for your contribution.

Agenda:                                                                                                      

5:00        Introduction

5:05        Dr Madhav Chavan to introduce the Hackathon

5:45        Question and Answer Session

6:15        Informal discussion

Speaker: Dr. Madhav Chavan is co-Founder and CEO of Pratham. A Ph. D in chemistry from Ohio State University and later a faculty member in the Dept. of Chemistry at the University of Houston, he returned to India in 1986. In 1989, while teaching at the University of Mumbai, he started mass-scale work for adult literacy in the slums of Mumbai, as part of the "National Literacy Mission". Dr. Chavan has spent over twenty years pioneering large-scale innovative programs in the field of education in India. He has led Pratham to expand its work in 19 states of India, reaching millions of children. Pratham has been recognized by the renounced Kravis Prize and Skoll Award for its innovativeness and leadership as a social entrepreneurial organization in the area of education. Dr Chavan was also awarded the 2012 WISE Prize for Education instituted by the Qatar Foundation, which is equated with a "Nobel for work done in education".

Hackathon Details: Participants in this virtual hackathon have the opportunity to develop exciting educational apps and games that will transform the way millions of children learn in India.  We are looking for Unity Games or Android Apps that make learning languages, Maths or Science fun. The focus is mainly on learning experience of the child rather than school curriculum and academic learning although those objectives could be accomplished as well.

Perspective: Pratham (www.pratham.org) is a pan Indian movement for education that reaches millions of children and thousands of youth. Over the last twenty years Pratham has largely relied on local human capital in project areas, built their capacities, and attempted to deliver literacy and/or education by leveraging local school resources. However, as we go higher in the learning ladder we find that regimentation of children, dependence on teachers coupled with limitations of teachers and the curriculum become obstacles in the learning process.

Pratham is experimenting with self-learning strategies that will set children free to learn as much as they want and we see technology as a key element. A main characteristic of information technology is that it can provide non-linear access to vast information while the textbooks and syllabi are extremely linear and restrictive. Use of games and apps is one way of providing access to more information, skills, and knowledge while larger goals of self-learning and “learning to learn” are accomplished.  

Contact: For your queries, discussion and/or submission of your ideas, write to prajakta.mahajan@pratham.org

This event is organized in partnership with Pune Open Coffee Club.

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