An app that strengthens users’ ability to recognize fake news or a tool for building good check-in habits – are just two examples of 17 amazing ideas that emerged during the first educational hackathon – “Edukaton” which TechSoup Europe has co-organized with Kids Code Fun & WarsawJS in Warsaw.

It was an inspiring 48 hours long coding event aimed at creating solutions to teach how not to get scammed. 17 teams created prototypes of tools which teach people on how to avoid being deceived and manipulated online. Edukaton was not only a combination of intellectual and physical (48 hours!) challenge, but a race for valuable prizes.

Who took part?

Who won?

I place – Demagog: “It’s nice that you know”

An application that encourages to diagnose and strengthen resistance to the fake news.
Team: Małgorzata Kilian, Michał Wołoszyn, Patryk Zakrzewski, Rafał Warniełło, Andrzej Pragacz, Filip Golebiewski

Photo: K.Zwolak-Szwechowicz

II place – Universal Footnote: “Fakespot”

An on-line tool to learn how to verify sample news and build good check-in habits, such as checking sources! It shows a headline and challenges you to determine if it’s true or false. Tips on how to proceed and comparison to choices made by other players are additional attractions in the game. Team: Krzysztof Główka, Katarzyna Skowrońska, Ewa Bukowska, Bartosz Legięć, Arkadiusz Borysiuk.

Photo: Piotr Kowalski

 III place – The Rothschilds: “Discover the truth about yourself”

An awareness-raising project on how to make a damn about anyone and what treatments are used for this. For this chat, in which we train the recognition of the manipulation used in the conversation!

Team: Tomasz Boczoń, Rafał Soszyński, Piotr Szydłowski, Olga Kołakowska, and Konrad Zieliński

Photo: Piotr Kowalski

✨The special youth jury prize 

Little Psychology: “Deduction” 

An interactive story inspired by the detective challenges of Sherlock Holmes, which provides knowledge about the types of manipulation and teaches the habit of verifying information!

Team: Dominika Surała, Marta Nowicka, Dominik Kantorowicz, Michał Błotniak, Adrianna Małkiewicz  

Photo: Piotr Kowalski

We can do it: “I know. I act. I remember”

A tool for users aged 55+: a glossary of concepts and a set of various exercises to distinguish manipulation from the information!

Team: Michał Łappo, Daniel Projs, Sara Smyczek, Emilia Mendak, Ania Kalina Kalinowska

Jury, Photo: Kasia Zwolak-Szwechowicz

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU!

 Thanks to you, we will all be a step closer to being a society resistant to manipulation on the Internet

Photo: Piotr Kowalski, Katarzyna Grabowska, K. Zwolak-Szwechowicz