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Hackathon: 750 students to discuss inclusive organisation

Published on 09 September 2021
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During the hackathon, first-year Master in Management, Grande Ecole students take a step up from their undergraduate status and don their graduate gowns. Their task is to work in teams on "inclusive organisation". The hackathon features an educational innovation: the analysis of student-created content by an aggregator.

​The new academic year is inextricably linked with the hackathon. For several years now, this has been an eye-catching event in SKEMA life. From 13 to 17 September, first-year students in the Grande Ecole programme (L3), i.e. around 750 from the three French campuses, get together to work on inclusive organisation. For five days, the participants benefit from the shrewd advice of Serena Villata, a research fellow at the CNRS, and Caroline Raynaud, a research scientist at Philips, as well as help from coaches. During the week, the participants will be pondering innovations on a decidedly ambiguous, complex and highly topical theme. 


An educational innovation 


With this particular hackathon, SKEMA is bringing in Bluenove, a technology and consulting company that pioneers massive collective intelligence and is actively committed to civic tech. In September, three modules will be offered to the students. "The first is a consultation module, which is mainly designed to help them think about what inclusion means to them beforehand. It's an individual exercise, where the aim is to see the result of the process and developments in thinking," says SKEMA professor Marine Hadengue


Dialoguing to co-construct 


In the second module, "Design fiction", they get together in groups to write a fictional story on the theme and the innovation they are working on. In the last module, "Co-construction", the participants engage in a dialogue and produce collective solutions to their central problem by comparing ideas in depth. 


Writings analysed by Bluenove


After this, all the written material produced by the groups will be examined with a fine-tooth comb by Bluenove's algorithms and analysts to produce an original summary. "The questionnaires will be analysed as well as the fictional stories. The results will be available on the fifth day. This tool will make the experience more dynamic for the students, and enable us, as teachers, to get solid feedback on not only the young people's opinions but also how these opinions evolved during the exercise," says Marine Hadengue. On the last day, the students and coaches select the winners. The winners will then present their work to a jury of alumni and receive their prizes! 


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