Hackathon on big data analysis and visualization

Duration of the project

19.08.2019. - 15.11.2019.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

Vilnius University
Reutlingen University
University of Latvia
University of Tartu

Project manager

Prof. Dr. hab. Vladislav V. Fomin

Aim of the project

Through a collaborative action of four partner universities, the project has organized two 2-day hackathons (creative workshops, learning factory) at Kaunas and Reutlingen university campus sites and will serve as a basis for multiplication at two other project partners’ sites in Tartu and Riga.

The Hackathons were focused on a topic, which had relevance to all four partners of the project: technical and business solutions on big data analysis and visualization.

Organization of hackathons serves two purposes: 1) innovation in university didactic, and 2) innovation in product development.

As a venue for solving real business and technical problems through limited-time and hands-on engagement of groups of developers, hackathons enable university-industry collaboration and bear promise to become an innovative new teaching method for courses related to fast-changing business and technology environments.

Sustainability of results obtained from hackathons is ensured through two complementary actions: 1) replicability of the hackathons experience by partner universities, and 2) preparation and wide dissemination (as publicly available online educational resources) of case studies based on hackathons’ presented problems and students’ develop solutions.

Main activities of the project

  1. Hackathon at Kaunas faculty of Vilnius University, Kaunas, Lithuania
  2. Hackathon at Reutlingen University, Reutlingen, Germany

Direct and indirect target group


Target group: teaching staff and students of the involved partner universities at BSc and MSc level, industrial partners.

Number of beneficiaries: 174 persons.



Target group: any Higher Education Institution (HEI) or company interested in the topics of big data analysis and visualization, technology-, university didactic- and teaching-method innovation.

Number of beneficiaries: hundreds or thousands, as measured by the combined number of students in relevant BSc and MSc study programs at four partnering universities, and the number of downloads of publicly available case studies materials.

Public events

Date: Sep.30 – Oct.01, 2019
Kaunas, Lithuania

Speakers: Prof. Vladislav Fomin (LT),

Prof. Guntis Arnicāns (LV),

Prof. Raimundas Matulevičius (EE),

Prof. Herbert Gloeckle (DE), and invited industry representatives.


Date: Nov.06–08, 2019
Reultingen, Germany

Speakers: Prof. Vladislav Fomin (LT),

Prof. Herbert Gloeckle (DE), Prof. Guntis Arnicāns (LV),

Prof. Raimundas Matulevičius (EE), two winners of Kaunas hackathon, and invited industry representatives

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