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Introduction: Learning machines, digital data and the future of education
Introduction: Learning machines, digital data and the future of education

In October 2015, over 1,000 young software developers and hackers attended HackingEDU, a three-day educational hackathon held at the San Mateo Event Center in San Francisco. Originally launched at the 2014 Google Summit, the annual HackingEDU event – the ‘world’s largest educational hackathon’ – is intended to help software developers and programmers, most of them college students, ‘revolutionize the education industry’ while competing for over US$100,000 in prizes (Hunckler, 2015). Featuring expert workshops, panel discussions and guest speakers, HackingEDU 2015 was supported by major technology companies including IBM, Google, Uber, PayPal and Automattic, as well as by successful educational technology businesses such as Chegg ...

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