Kids take first place at COVID-19 Hackathon with innovative app for home learning

The clever application connects school children with teachers so they can continue learning whilst schools are closed. 3Dclass

A group of school children and their teachers from Gdynia have won an international Hackathon competition to help people during the coronavirus crisis. 

The team took first place in the Education category with their innovative 3class application which connects primary school children and parents with free teachers to organise lessons. 

During their pitch, the team said: “The project aims at developing a network of educational, on-line support for children from primary schools. 

“It operates on the basis of creating school tandems: a highschool willing to help gets paired with a primary school, whose students could profit from the cooperation. 

“The students and graduates of the high school involved in the project take on the role of tutors for primary school children.”

The project was praised for its ‘polished’ presentation, and for the fact that whereas other projects were just concepts, the 3class project is already successfully up and running internationally, in Poland, Greece, France and Italy.

The Hackathon was organised by PM Mateusz Morawiecki who inviting participants said: “Global challenges are when we need to show unity for the common good across borders and generations. 

“I would like to invite all developers, experts and technology-lovers to aid our common fight against the virus in cyberspace.”

The event ran remotely from 17th March until the 22nd and included 188 projects from individuals and teams that competed across 11 time zones for the 100,000 PLN prize fund.

Another Polish team to take first place in the Isolation category was a website called ‘Mummy is Working Now’ which connects parents and educators. 

The ten best projects shared the 100,000 PLN prize fund with the top three projects in the categories isolation, facts and data and education receiving 20,000 PLN each and the remaining seven projects receiving 6,000 PLN each.