MUIC Sustainability

MUIC Students Finalists in “SX 2023 Hackathon: Innovation for Social Inclusion”

Students from Mahidol University International College’s Communication Design Program (CDP) and Food Science and Technology Program showcased their talents as finalists in the “SX 2023 Hackathon: Innovation for Social Inclusion” event held at the prestigious Idea Lab, located within the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.

SX2023 Hackathon aims to aspires young individuals from the age of 15-25 to showcase their creativity, problem-solving abilities, and capacity to devise solutions that have the potential to positively impact society.

Each team was required to have representatives with expertise in the fields of business, design, and technology. The competition unfolded in two phases. In the initial phase, participating teams submitted their project proposals, while the second phase witnessed the top 7 teams being selected to present their proposals before a panel of judges.

This year, over 100 teams applied and 7 teams advanced to the Final Pitching round on the SX IDEA LAB stage at the Sustainability Expo 2023 on October 8, 2023.

The judging criteria emphasized four key areas:

  1. Defining the Problem and Project Direction
  2. Creativity and Inclusivity
  3. Feasibility
  4. Implementation

Among the participants, two MUIC students, Ms. Dhitipond Taveevararuk from the Communication Design program and Mr. Nutpeera Pongmai from the Food Science program, have received awards as one of the seven finalists.

Their entry, “ADHD 101 is an online platform thoughtfully designed to disseminate information and resources about ADHD to educators, parents, and caregivers. This platform serves as an educational resource, helping users comprehend the behavior patterns exhibited by children with ADHD and equipping them with effective strategies for responding to such behavior. Additionally, the platform fosters an interactive community where users can exchange ideas, extend mutual support, and provides a game for preliminary ADHD screening.

While the hackathon is essentially an “ideas” competition, it contributes to several SDGs by emphasizing the importance of innovation and social inclusion, which aligns to SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities. Providing opportunities to work on projects from brainstorming to pitching promotes SDG 4 – Quality Education. In addition, the hackathon also touch on SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being.