Who are we and why are we doing this?
We are a group of students across Canada who are passionate about the future of our higher education system. What started as a random conversation at a conference in January of 2015 has manifested this passion into hackED—an open innovation forum for grassroots projects in Canada.
We created hackED for two reasons. First, we want to support students, faculty, staff, and the community with the resources necessary to inspire grassroots innovation at our universities and colleges. Second, administrative and policy conversations often lack opportunities for bottom-up innovation from our campus communities. By creating a framework and a forum for students and educators to express their challenges, discuss solutions, and organize that data, we are collectively better prepared to advocate for ourselves.
We are always interested in expanding our team of volunteers! Get in touch.
How does hackED work?
Across the country, hackED Roundtables where communities are discussing the higher education system are taking place. These roundtables are a catalyst for the conversations on this platform; students can identify challenges, come up with solutions, vote for their favourites, and then join the teams prototyping those ideas through hackED Projects. The results of Roundtables and Projects are posted and discussed on the hackED Platform.
Who can participate in hackED?
We encourage students, professors, administrators, policy makers, and entrepreneurs to participate in hackED. We invite anyone who wants to express their opinion to sign up.
You can get involved by identifying challenges and brainstorming solutions at a hackED Roundtable on your campus and by joining conversations online. You and your peers can also apply for funding to pilot your idea on your campus through hackED Projects.
If you’re interested in leading hackED at the national scale, we are always accepting applications for volunteers who are also passionate about rethinking higher education! Reach out to us.
What are campus leads? And how can I become one?
There are 1-3 campus lead(s) organizing hackED initiatives at our participating universities and colleges. They are passionate community builders who dedicate at least 2-5 hours a week to hackED. You can always reach out to your campus lead(s) to learn more about hackED, find out when the next Roundtable on your campus is, start a Project, and join existing project teams.
We’re currently recruiting campus leads across the country. Apply to lead hackED at your school here!
Can there be more than one hackED Project per school?
Yes, there can be more than one Project at the same school as long as the projects meet the specified requirements.
Is this competitive or collaborative?
Others’ challenges and solutions should motivate and inspire you – this is collaborative problem solving. hackED operates with the value that collaboration best accelerates social progress in universities and colleges and beyond.
Who owns the solutions submitted on hackED?
All challenges, solutions, and comments are useable by everyone – similar to open data, consider this open innovation. hackED operates with the value that in terms of social progress, collaboration is better than competition.
Is my data safe?
The information you provide to us at sign up will only be used by hackED and the RECODE network.
What is the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation?
Established in 1937, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is one of Canada’s oldest and largest philanthropic organizations. hackED is a project within the Foundation’s RECODE initiative – an effort to fuel social innovation education across Canada.