MIT News –
This spring, the MIT Arab Student Organization hosted a virtual IDEAthon with the theme “Learn from Home: Rethinking Learning during the Covid-19 Crisis.” The IDEAthon was the first step to tackle the challenges facing more than 200 million students in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region who had their education disrupted due the current global pandemic. The goal of the IDEAthon is to develop a large quantity of high-impact ideas that can improve current educational outcomes in the MENA region.
More than 250 people from 25 countries participated in the MIT Arab SciTech Virtual IDEAthon. Over the course of the half-day event, participants worked with their mentors to define the right problem statements, brainstorm solutions, and demo their proposals. In total, 42 teams pitched their ideas to a group of judges. The top 10 ideas were selected to receive further support from the IDEAthon team.