Facilitating social innovation through a school emergency preparedness hackathon in Pakistan

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Institute for Educational Development, Karachi; Emergency Medicine


In 2020 Pakistan’s first-ever hackathon on school emergencies was orga-nised, where schools and community stakeholders collaborated to decon-struct problems and develop solutions. The study aimed to investigate participants’ motivation for and experiences of the hackathon. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected from hackers, mentors, judges and organisers before, during and after the event. Findings indicate diversity amongst participants in terms of age, gender and experiences. The hack-ers’ motivations were both intrinsic and extrinsic. The challenges were insufficient time, absence of investors, inconsistent mentoring, low parti-cipation from public schools and imbalanced gender participation. The hackathon provided a unique opportunity for multidisciplinary collabora-tive problem-solving and accessing experts for creativity and innovation. Future research should focus on increasing participation and fostering social innovations through school-based civic hackathons.


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Technology, Pedagogy and Education.