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Reimagining Education: iLearn University Hackathon

As part of our commitment to community engagement through technology, Brinc Batelco regularly hosts hackathons throughout the year, inviting university students and the public to engage with local problems and create custom solutions around them. Why do we like hackathons? Well, in a nutshell, hackathons challenge individuals of various backgrounds and skills to meet and utilize technology to solve existing problems. Participants go through intensive, hands-on mentorship and workshops that help them create practical prototypes.

In February, we held our education-themed university hackathon, iLearn, where we invited students to build an IoT prototype in education. The solutions students came up with were nothing short of spectacular. From wearables to robots, the students really pushed beyond the boundaries of conventional solutions.

The winning team from the University of Bahrain, T-Kalem, prototyped a device that helps individuals with hearing difficulties communicate by translating sign language into spoken words. The device would utilize image processing by a camera connected to a database or by hand gesture vibrations and frequencies.

The runner-up teams also had a lot to contribute to innovation in higher education. AION conceived of robots to help students learn coding and technical education. Team K9 developed a smart earbud for learning new languages by connecting teachers and parents to learning dashboards. Team Stars thought of a smart backpack to reduce the load of carrying books to school.

What did the teams win? On a basic level, cash prizes and coworking prices. On a deeper level, however, students left equipped with the knowledge, tools, and resources to refine their prototype, which to us, is the best investment anyone can take.

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