Creating education learning spaces for kids by kids

Back by popular demand, we'll be launching our second annual  EduBUILD MASTERS Hackathon  for student teams to address a real-world problem. The 6-week long preparation process will take place from July to October (pre-event at respective schools with special workshop clinics). The Hack&Build session will happen on 3-4 November . The final presentation and showcase will happen on 5-6 November 2019  at EduTECH & EduBUILD Asia 2019 Expo. 


Our Objective:

To create a platform where children are encouraged to actively explore problems education and design solutions that tackle the issues with a focus on inclusiveness, learning effectiveness, and creative stimulus.


The Challenge:

We are living in exciting times where innovation can take place easily and swiftly. Ideas are transformed into realities rapidly with the help of easy access to information and technology. (digital modelling and design tools, 3D printing, safer and more efficient carpentry tools, design and building tutorials, computers and user friendly software, etc.)

Increasingly, schools and educators are creating new learning, maker or collaborative spaces in attempt to leverage this revolution. These spaces promote acquisition of hands-on skills, and encourage creativity and critical thinking. In addition actualisation of these ideas are expected to further motivate learners, leading to better learning outcomes.

The Challenge : Design and build a space and/or product that will help achieve the aforementioned objectives. Introduce and/or leverage the ubiquity of information, technology, and/or building tools, while ensuring inclusivity and productivity for the greater community. Maximum size of space should be not more than 200sqm. 


The Judging Criteria

Teams will be judged based on following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Transformative Skills
  • Sustainability & Feasibility
  • Estimated investment
  • Growth and Expansion roll-out


The Process &  Timeline:


Clinics and Workshops

  • Mentor's workshop: early July TBD (remote participation available)
  • 3 Milestone submissions (mandatory)
  • Hack & Build Marathon 3-4 November
  • Final mentions, feedback and after-Party 7th November


Important dates

HACK & BUILD 3-4 November
Preliminary Presentation 3 hours on 5 November – timing TBC 10 minutes per team
Solution showcase 5-6 November
Keynote Presentation 11am on 6 November
Award Ceremony 4pm on 6 November







A panel of expert judges will evaluate the projects and the two best teams will take the stage on the morning keynote on 10 October.



This is your chance to vote for your favourite project. Head to the zone to see the projects first hand. Only one team will win the honour of the People's Choice Award.




All you need to do is to:
1.Create a two to three minute video with your team to show the selection committee your skills, enthusiasm, and team spirit.
2. Submit one of the following:
A. One sketch of your team's preliminary idea that addresses the problem statement; B. A 300 word paragraph explaining your preliminary idea that addresses the problem statement
**Note: Your idea can and should evolve through the program and the preliminary idea submission is not expected to be complete or executable at this point.

Send in your applications in the form below or click here :


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About It takes an island

We are a community platform that helps prepare children for a fast-changing future, by exposing them to learning experiences rooted in real world engagements. Our experience-driven programs and activities currently focus on children 10 to 16 years old who come from every background. Founded in 2017, IT TAKES AN ISLAND derives from the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child,” embodying our belief that learning extends beyond home and school, and that it will take an entire island to help children realise their full potential.

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