The French Embassy Hackathon Series is a French Embassy in the US initiative in partnership with General Assembly's Joseph Nelson and Zach Thomas to encourage Franco-US integration, particularly in education. The series consists of two hackathons. The first event focuses on student mobility, and the second emphasizes improving US schools through French immersion programs.
Developers, data scientists, and UX designers of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to attend one or both events. All participants will be invited to attend a celebratory reception taking place at the French Embassy.
The freedom of movement between France and the US is tantamount to a successful relationship. Through support of study abroad programs, the French Embassy actively works to encourage this exchange of culture and ideas.
The first single day hackathon took place on Saturday, February 4th at General Assembly DC. This hackathon was a data-dive encouraging participants to comb through previous years of student study abroad information to identify where the Embassy should best be spending its resources to encourage future Franco-US integration. Participants presented their compelling data visualizations to Embassy staff, and three winning teams earned prizes from the Embassy. A video recap of the event is available here.
The French Embassy supports French language immersion programs in the US by placing French-speaking teachers in elementary and high school French departments.
At present, no single platform matching job-seeking teachers with French language teaching opportunities exists. This single day hackathon, taking place on March 11, focuses on UX ideation and developer implementation of potential solutions, ranging from (but not limited to) teacher networks to job boards. Sign up is now open.