Takmičenja 15.09.2022. 2 min

The hackathon series: learning innovation by doing

Meet other European students, join a multicultural and multi-background team, and tackle a concrete innovation challenge linked to SDGs and Global Health!

The hackathon series: learning innovation by doing

One programme – two tracks

The educational innovators track

In this track, student teams will observe the learning and innovation process, evaluate it, provide a comprehensive analysis of the pedagogical environment – and will be able to co-design new ways of learning innovation and topics for the 2023 edition – as well as participate in co-publishing a paper on the programme.

Sign up if you’re interested in changing education and society!

The global health innovators track

In this track, student teams will tackle real-life challenges faced by our healthcare systems such as: equal access to healthcare, global governance, global epidemics and pandemics, eco-responsibility, burnout in hospitals etc.

Sign up if you’re interested in changing healthcare and society!

The 2022 programme consists of the following steps

First, key face-to-face events!

3–4 October: Two-day hackathon in Paris

The hackathon is organised in Paris and will:

  • build the international teams for the rest of the programme at a face-to-face event
  • create an accelerated experience of an innovation process through the Design Thinking approach (based on the 2021 pilot)
  • at the end of which student teams will have come up with a solution/project that tackles a real-life global health related issue

2–4 November: One-week-long "International Test Lab"

The lab is organised simultaneously in all participating partner universities. In this test setup, student teams will be able to meet an international panel of experts, test their solution with end users and adjust it according to the feedback they receive through this process.

9 December: A Demo Day in Louvain

This is a closing day in Louvain-la-Neuve (near Brussels) presenting:

  • the results of each team (pitch your solution!)
  • feedback from an international panel of experts

the analysis and suggestions for new learning contents and methodologies co-developed by students and educational leaders.

Secondly, local resources

Each of the above activities is accompanied by facilitation/coaching sessions based on the "Learning by doing" approach to get students to "do" innovation through testing, rapid prototyping and communication (local coaching).

Be a part of this European innovation journey!

Travel costs are covered by the programme partners.


Eligible students

Any student from second year bachelor's to PhD level, independently of academic background.

Universities: Aarhus University, University of Belgrade, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, UCLouvain, University of Oslo and Université Paris Cité.

Selection Process

CV + Cover Letter to send before 15 September to innovation@circle-u.eu

Don’t forget to mention which track you’re signing up for!

If you need more information, you can find it here.


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