Hackathon

The Hackathon, led by the Entrepreneurship Lab, is where students from different colleges work as teams for 36 hour non-stop, utilizing each’s own strengths and capabilities to come up with an interdisciplinary approach. Based on a real-world social problem students will conduct research, and from there, develop prototypes, with an aim to deliver a comprehensive and realistic solution.

Judges will consist of forefront experts, leaders, entrepreneurs in various industries. VinUniversity Hackathon will be led by Reactor School Singapore, together with experts and lecturers of the Agile Innovation subject.

As of now, three hackathon has been organized successfully by VinUniversity, in collaboration with Reactor School, for over 700 VinUni students, namely:

  • Hackathon 2022: Active Aging Vietnam – Students are required to come up with a solution or product that helps ease the life of seniors in the context of a smart mega city in Vietnam. 
  • Hackathon 2021: Circular Economy for Sustainable Tourism in Hoi An.
  • Hackathon 2021: Environment & Sustainability – Mobile app that solves air pollution.

(*) Hackathon is a common term in IT, referring to a method of assessment for software development. One of Hackathon’s typical characteristics is teams performing concentrated work in a short amount of time – continuously from 1 to 3 days to create a software that solves a particular problem posed by the competition.
By now, Hackathon has become a common form of assessment that attracts the attention of investors looking to identify talents and innovative solutions. Big tech companies such as Google, Facebook all organize internal Hackathons to galvanize ideas and encourage experts’ creativity.

Hackathon at VinUniversity is not a regular tech hackathon that focuses on coding. Instead, students from cross 3 colleges (College of Health Sciences, College of Business and Management, College of Engineering & Computer Science) will come together to apply key principles learnt from the Agile Innovation course to solve interdisciplinary grand social/environmental challenges.

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