The Integrated Vocational Training Center (CIFP) Cesar Manriquehosted yesterday, Monday, March 24, the presentation of the first Vocational Training Educational Hackathon in Canary Islands, a meeting in which teachers and students from public centers from all the islands will participate for the first time in person and will be held this Thursday in another educational center in Tenerife, the CIFP Virgen de La Candelaria.
The objective of this action is to pose challenges related to innovation and entrepreneurship so that participating teachers and students from Higher Education training cycles from the different centers propose creative and innovative solutions in a limited period of time, using the methodology of Design Thinking work.
The event was attended by the directors of the organizing and collaborating centers in this initiative, together with the managers of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. During the event, the coordinator of the Entrepreneurship, Information and Professional Guidance network of the General Directorate of Vocational Training and Adult Education of the Ministry of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports of the Government of the Canary IslandsRaquel Martínez Peña, addressed the objectives of this first edition of the Hackathon, and the director of CIFP César Manrique, Jorge Rivero Antuña, He highlighted the importance of participating in this event, and thanked the DGFPEA for the opportunity to be able to carry out this event at the centre, which he referred to as a “reference Vocational Training center in the Canary Islands”.
The zone inspector, Dolores Pérez Gómez, the directors of CIFP Virgen de Candelaria, Julián Fariña Rodríguez, also attended the session; and Las Indias, Gregorio Hernández Pérez; and the directors of Los Gladiolos, Aniria Díaz Cruz, and La Laguna, Luzma Albertos García.
The organizing centers of the FP Educational Hackathon are the CIFP Virgen de Candelaria, César Manrique, La Laguna, Las Indias and Los Gladiolos, and the IES Güimar, Luis Diego Cuscoy and Saint Andrewunder the coordination of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation networks of the General Directorate of Vocational Training and Adult Schools of the Ministry of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports of the Government of the Canary Islands.
The challenges that people will face in the immediate future are closely linked to digital transformation and sustainability. The 21st century is characterized by rapid technological advances in fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and blockchain, among others. This process takes place in a context of growing concern about climate change, global warming, the excessive emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere and the decline in natural resources, among other aspects.
This activity highlights the need to carry out a technological update in all levels, since it is almost impossible for anyone who is unaware of the operation and management of technology to carry out any type of procedure. In this way, the aim is to make students aware of the importance of addressing these challenges and motivate students to face them, since in the near future they will be the ones who must be able to respond to these challenges.