Support Students with a Mini-Hackathon to Solve Issues in Online Education
Support Students with a Mini-Hackathon to Solve Issues in Online Education
Rally your team to find solutions for current challenges in remote education during a virtual hackathon.
1.5-2 hours
Participants: 6 to 36
New York, New York, United States

What you’ll do

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the globe have closed their doors and moved towards a remote learning model. For many administrators, teachers, and students this is uncharted territory. Within the first few days of remote learning, schools have faced unexpected challenges from lack of reliable Wi-Fi networks for students to a curriculum that doesn’t translate virtually for teachers. In this mini-hackathon, volunteers will be presented with a current issue in the education system and challenged to work in teams to develop and pitch a solution.

Education challenges your company could work on include:

  • How to make remote learning more engaging for students
  • How to address unreliable Wi-Fi for students in underserved communities


The organization will divide participants into ~7 teams and extend the presentation portion of the agenda to accommodate the additional teams. The agenda for this experience is as follows:

  • Welcome to the Hackathon (10 minutes)
  • Meet the Judges (5 minutes)
  • Team Work Session--Create Your Solution and Shark Tank Pitch (60 minutes)
  • Team Presentations (35 minutes)
  • Judges Deliberation and Announcing the Winner (10 minutes)


In the US today, nearly 60% of students are not adequately prepared by schools for the realities of college and the workforce; this is even more prevalent among students from low socioeconomic status (SES) communities. Even those students of low SES who perform in the highest national quartile in high school have a reported lower graduation rate in comparison to their affluent counterparts. 

By participating in this activity, you’ll help level the career readiness playing field for students in underserved communities, as this organization serves a diverse population of students, including 39% identifying as African American, 37% Hispanic, 8% Native American, 3% Asian, and 2% Northern African. This is not only a great opportunity for students to explore their career options, but also a chance for you to work alongside students who have the potential of joining your company in the future.

The panel of judges will consist of people who are directly affected by said issue—educators and students! Students will be given a rubric to follow when judging the pitches and will be asked to explain the reasoning for their critiques in a Zoom call facilitated by organization staff.

The winning team will be awarded a swag bag as well as a feature at the organization’s annual gala this fall!

How you’ll make an impact

E web goal 4
Goal 4 - Quality Education
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Learn more
This nonprofit connects corporations with schools in underserved communities through educational business competitions in order to increase student career awareness and marketable skills. Since its inception in 2014, the organization has hosted more than 150 competitions for companies including Morgan Stanley, LinkedIn, NBC, Deloitte, WeWork, News Corp, Loews Hotel Group, Goldman Sachs, Segment, and more, engaging over 4,500 volunteers and impacting over 8,500 students in New York City and across the country.

What else you should know

  • Best to book 2 weeks in advance
  • The organization can accommodate up to groups with up to 100 participants for 5K events that will go on for up to 2 hours.
  • Prior to the experience, you will be asked to fill out a roster of all volunteers. Volunteers will then receive a brief overview of the event and their challenge so they can start thinking about possible solutions.
  • This experience will be conducted over Zoom using breakout rooms. A few days in advance, the organization will provide a link for the call. Participants will be encouraged to have their cameras on during the experience.

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