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APRIL 8-9, 2022

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Hack the Flagship is an event optimized for discovery and creativity where Language Flagship students can propose technology-based solutions (“hacks”) that help drive innovation in language learning. This year’s hackathon will give Flagship students the opportunity to propose innovative mobile solutions to enhance the Flagship experience.

Application submission deadline: January 17, 2022

Announcement of participants: January 21, 2022


Programming or coding experience is NOT necessary to participate in the Hackathon. If you have very little experience with mobile learning, you can learn more about it! If you are an experienced mobile learning user, your knowledge is equally valuable for sharing! One thing we all have in common is an interest in language learning.

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Achieving the level of proficiency expected in a Language Flagship program within the times constraints Flagship students have can present challenges. This Hackathon is about enhancing the Language Flagship experience through tools that take advantage of mobile devices. To apply for the 2022 Hack the Flagship, we ask that you submit a description (about 400 words) of a mobile tool or application whose purpose is to help enhance the Flagship experience. One way to approach your description is to first brainstorm challenges that you associate with language learning or the Flagship experience itself. Then imagine an app that helps overcome that challenge. Your description should be written from the user’s perspective. So put yourself in the users’ shoes while they engage with the tool or app for the first time. What happens when they open it? What do they see? What is the their goal, task, or objective? How does the tool help them achieve their goal? Feel free to be creative when developing your description. Make sure to reference the description criteria to guide your writing.

See our criteria to select best ideas


Our Guide to Technology Innovation

Tech Center Blueprint for Success


You’ll learn something new.
This Hackathon event will give you an opportunity to develop skills and perspectives for problem solving and becoming an innovation leader. 
You’ll realize what you do know, and teach others about what you know.
You do not need to be an expert in technology to participate. Technology integration is complex. No matter what skills you have, you will always have something valuable to share with your team. Starting from the solutions that have been proposed for the hackathon, you will learn about other challenges that may be solved with technology and about issues involving language acquisition and technology.
You’ll create something new before you leave. Well, yes. It will most probably be a rough plan but it will also add a line to your résumé and will get you an electronic badge that proves you were there.
You’ll get to team problem-solve on real issues.
THIS can be an invaluable line to put on your résumé! We challenge you to find an employer that does not find this type of experience valuable.
An unforgettable experience.
An opportunity to develop and grow professionally.
A shot at changing the world of language learning!
How many of your Flagship colleagues have the chance to creatively apply their expertise, experiences, interests, and skills to find technology solutions for the Flagship? You’ll gain fame as “the one who took part in the Hackathon”!

You’ll meet many interesting, motivated people.
Who goes to hackathons, if not motivated people who think it’ll be fun to work intensively on building something for the common good?


You’ll make new friends.
Hackathons are fast-paced, collaborative competitions with unexpected challenges and changes. This makes for great bonding experiences with other Flagship peers.


You’ll grow.
Besides what you will learn about teamwork, you’ll also learn a lot about language and technology and many interdisciplinary connections just from interacting with team coaches and Tech Center faculty.

You’ll be made part of the Tech Center’s Student Advisory Council.
And you know what that means? You get to chart with us the future of technology in the Flagship. And yes, one more line to add to your résumé!


Did we convince you?



Community building

“Hack The Language Flagship!” is designed to build an energized community of student innovators and ideators across the Flagship community. As Hackathon participant, you automatically become a member of the Tech Center Student Advisory Council. As a board member, you will provide input and guidance on technology projects and initiatives that may have a direct impact on the Flagship community and Flagship students’ language learning endeavors.


A group of language technology experts will coach your team to take an idea from a creative spark to potential implementation in the Flagship program.  

Design Thinking

Using design thinking to guide co-creation and problem-solving, you will work on a team with fellow-Flagshippers to synergize your ideas for technology solutions that can enhance language learning and drive innovation in the Flagship community.


In individual challenges, you will get a chance to demonstrate out-of-the-box thinking, pushing yourself to new limits and skill-levels!

Pitch Training

Following a business model canvas, your team will learn the nuts and bolts of how to pitch your ideas for feedback and evaluation from our coaches.

Badges & Awards

Secure yourself a Hackathon badge for the skills you acquired in the competition and showcase the badge on your resume. And who knows… you may be in for other awards at “Hack The Language Flagship!”

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Contact Information


1890 East West Road

Moore Hall 256

Honolulu, HI 96822

(808) 956-5121