on your mark, get set, HACK! 

EdExperts: Challenge Presentations & Workshops

The following EdExperts will pitch Challenge Presentations to expose students to the daily issues they tackle. 

EdExperts will then follow by leading staggered workshops where they will further detail tools and opportunities they'll provide students to develop their hacks. 

While students are not confined to any of these specific challenges, EdExperts are a great resource to learn of opportunities and tackle existing challenges. 

Systems Re-thinking

MIT Office for Education and Innovation Technology

Brandon Muramatsu, Senior Ed. Tech Consultant for the OEIT, leads the iCampus prize, an annual opportunity for students to develop innovations to help with the educational stamina of MIT. Past projects can be seen here.  Campuswide, OEIT has been actively involved in promoting digital learning for years. OEIT needs your help in figuring out how we might break out of the model of whole courses, to smaller modules that help you learn what you need to learn, when you need to learn it. They are actively developing software and tools to help faculty and students link course content to learning objectives and assessment. How might you rethink your educational experience at MIT with these tools?  He'll also introduce other topics such as better room scheduling and apps/hardware to see room availability, thoughts about next generation student clickers, and more.

​MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program

Scot Osterweil will represent MIT's Scheller Teacher Education Program. Osterweil claims that education reform is really a mask for leveraging charter and public schools. There is a need for these two to be disassociated. Scot is also involved in moving the education framework from a factory model to a customizable template that adjusts to students' strengths and weaknesses. The flaw of averages has indicators based on class average, so how do we begin to incorporate space for varying metrics for different student's improvements in certain areas? 

​Match Schools

Mike Larsson, Chief Operations Officer of the Boston Match School, wants to improve the unique customizable experience that Match gives its students. Match is in need of a faster system that identifies what works and what doesn't work in the classroom in a timespan shorter than the current year it takes to circulate feedback. Deeper information is also needed to understand why a student learned material or not and translate this information into best practices. Finally, the current recruiting system leaves a gap of talent that could be filled by professionals not already in the education space. Once inside the system, there is a need for better performance evaluators of the teacher's ability to adapt to the class's needs beyond just compare her class's performance to another class's test scores. 

​Center for Curriculum Redesign

Charles Fadel, Founder and Chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign is challenging the traditional fundamentals of education. Fadel encourages us to think critically about what we are really supposed to be learning and how the curriculum of the 21st century will evolve. Then, what kind of movement will need to occur to make this transition? 

​Experienced Teachers

Local area teachers will conduct a discussion workshop where they will open up to students and share their experiences. Teachers will identify existing needs in and out of the classroom and work with students to identify new opportunties. Their experience will provide sound feedback for student hacks regarding feasibility, ease of implementation, and probable effectiveness so that students may design user-centered hacks.

Hands-On Learning

​D-Lab Education

Aron Walker and Jessica Huang co-teach the D-Lab: Education class, which explores hands-on education in the context of international development. There are many challenges faced by our partner schools around the world, including limited resources, large class sizes, language barriers and entrenched pedagogy. D-Lab: Education challenges you to develop innovative tools / processes to support teachers in offering more hand-on, interactive learning opportunities in low-resource settings.

MIT Edgerton Center

Ed Moriarty is a leader in K-12 STEM Outreach, conducting hands-on projects for high school students in Engineering Design Workshops from Florida to Alaska. Current lab setups are designed for large space set up and long set up times that are not possible in most high school classes with block scheduling. Ed will help students develop a portable, quick setup toolkit to make hands-on projects more accessible. Ed is also challenging with the transfer of hands-on lab education onto a virtual platform:  How could 2.007 be hosted as an online course? What elements are transferable or replicable? 

Digital Learning

The Education Arcade

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The Education Arcade

I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It’s easy. Just click “Edit Text” or double click me and you can start adding your own content and make changes to the font. Feel free to drag and drop me anywhere you like on your page. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you. Visit my website

The Education Arcade

Scot Osterweil will represent the Education Arcade and their developments of education software  based in fun, interactive computer games. The commercialization of these tools has turned educational software into an market thirsty for profit, often misleading consumers with advertisements that mask educational value. The Education Arcade is interested in a method to evaluate learning software for its educational content so the benefits of each are made more transparent. 

MIT Office of Education and Innovation Technologies  

Jeff Merriman, Senior Manager and Associate Director at the OEIT will explore current metrics of evaluation in cataloging within the education system. He will show us around the MIT Data Warehouse and the State and U.S. Department of Education datasets. Then we will explore the MIT Core Concept Catalog (MC3) and ask how Open Education Resources (OERs) can be used most effectively by MIT faculty. 

​MIT Open CourseWare

Peter Pinch, Production Manager at OCW, will provide support for hackers using the OCW platform. An rsync server is available to harvest portions of the OCW website. OCW is interested in aggregating and analyzing feedback (like YouTube comments)  to encourage learning-positive behavior and identify quality resources. OCW would also benefit from tools that match content to learners, esp. high school students. OCW also needs to identify and convert assessment from PDF files to the edX XML format.

Center for Curriculum Redesign

Trending educational technologies aim to teach concepts and content. New educational technologies should focus on teaching skills and character. Students should understand existing tools that aim to do this and co-design an online tool for students to develop the skills they cannot do independently.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is transforming the way students interact with each other and with their instruction source. An API will be available for hackers. Data analysis is an underused tool to understand patterns, such as identifying which students are struggling or why students are getting problems wrong. Visualization tools can also be further developed to provide teachers with new knowledge maps or student reports. Thirdly, new exercises formats can be explored to accompany online lessons. 

MIT Office of Digital Learning

The Office of Digital Learning is interested in one question: What is the core value proposition of residential learning that digital learning can't provide? Students should explore core differences and design tools, system structures, and/or new platforms that illustrate these fundamentals. Students should explore the future model of education and how residential and digital learning will interact. 


Lyla Fischer, a member of the founding team of MITx and a program manager at edX, will challenge students to think of ways to scale a class across time and space, allowing professors and course teams to save time grading and presenting so that they can focus more energy on connecting with their students and sharing their educational ideas more broadly. She will also ask attendees to think about the learner's experience by implementing scalable assignments, gradable simulations, and cloud-aware input devices - anything that would make the student experience on edX more engaging and instructive.


iLab is dedicated to the proposition that online laboratories - real laboratories accessed through the Internet - can enrich science and engineering education by greatly expanding the range of experiments that the students are exposed to in the course of their education. Conducting experiments motivates students; it also causes them to learn more effectively. Experiments allow a student to compare reality with simulations, collaborate with each other, and follow their curiosity. Yet, significant expense, space and safety considerations prevent many engineering classes from including lab components. By providing online access to remote laboratories, iLab is delivering the educational benefits of hands-on experimentation both to our own students and to students anywhere, at any time. iLabs is a suite of software tools that make it easier to bring online and manage complex laboratory experiments across the world.