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French Higher Ed Hackathon: Visualize THAT Student!

The Embassy of France in the United States, in partnership with the University of San Francisco Data Institute, West Big Data Innovation Hub, Berkeley Institute of Data Science, and General Assembly, is excited to host a student hackathon to encourage Franco-US integration, particularly in higher education. After 3 successful editions in Washington DC, we are hosting our first edition in San Francisco!

This hackathon is open to technical and non-technical participants alike, focused on creating static and dynamic data visualizations to explore Franco-US cultural integration through student travel. The goal is to use data storytelling to build and strengthen connections between students based in the US and in France, fostering opportunities for studying abroad.

Topic: Visualization Challenge - "Visualize That Student!"

The Higher Education Department of the Embassy of France in the US plays a key role in promoting opportunities and advocating for education abroad. As part of its hope for resurgence, France is looking to engage communities worldwide as part of a greater campaign to exclaim that “France is Back!”. One particular focus is on higher education and educating students looking to study in foreign countries, particularly students in the United States. Where in the past year the Embassy has charged its team to advocate and examine the ways that students find programs, this year their team, as an extension of Campus France, looks to build a communications strategy to engage and inform.

Submissions may include (but are not limited to) a communications strategy, data visualizations of provided French study abroad data and websites matching students to desired study abroad destinations.

Key Details

WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 9 AM - 7:30 PM (final presentations begin at 6:30 PM)

WHERE: University of San Francisco, The Data Institute, 101 Howard St, San Francisco, CA-94105

Teams of 3-4 will form and compete until presentations at 6:30 PM.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided.

The Embassy of France in the US will offer 3 prizes:
1st prize: Dinner at a French restaurant in San Francisco for the team
2nd prize: Happy Hour at a French wine bar in San Francisco
3rd prize: Decathlon voucher (the famous French sports gear/equipment company that just opened on Market Street). General Assembly is providing winners with discounted workshop options.

Special thanks to Nicholas Ross, Chris Holdgraf, and Joseph Nelson.

This event is part of After Tomorrow, a season by the French Consulate in San Francisco, the Cultural and Scientific Services of the French Embassy in the United States, French Tech San Francisco, Institut Français and the French American Cultural Society.