Pilot Program Australia, India, Poland, Switzerland

Virtual Collaboration Challenge



  • Upper Secondary level (years 11-12)

  • Bachelor students

  • Master students

After the onboarding of the participating schools, the students will be assigned to a team according to their school level.

The teams consist of 5-6 students (min. 1 participant per country and team). There is no class registration necessary, individual students can sign up(max. 40 participants in total).


In this 5-week virtual student collaboration program, students from Switzerland, India, Poland and Australia work in mixed teams on a real-world task and pitch their final results to a jury. The mentor-led format allows students to improve their 21st Century Skills. The criteria-based performance validation in the participation offers students a differentiation in their future job search process.


The pilot program is funded by the Swiss government as an innovative educational project with an international scope. Participating schools gain the opportunity to enrich their school curricula with an applied international format. 

In the virtual student collaboration program, students work on a real-world project for a company or an NGO and can demonstrate a set of competences. Possible tasks could be (to be defined by Birkenvale/Dual/School, depending on student level and field of studies):

  • Create ideas on how schools can support international collaboration among students

  • Set ideas to increase environmental awareness in school

  • Define a marketing initiative for sustainable tourism in one of the student’s home areas

  • Create product ideas and market strategy for SME company

  • Set up a concept for better integration of minorities in a specific region

  • Create social media strategy for a local start-up 


​The participation of the school / faculty member involves:

  • Promotion of virtual student hackathon among students 

  • Registration of students (no class registration necessary, individual students can participate)

  • Participation of 1 faculty member in kick-off meeting (Skype/Google Hangout)

  • Participation of 1 faculty member in final pitch (Skype/Hangout) incl. co-assessment of team performance based on criteria-based report



This program is a co-creation of  

Birkenvale GmbH, Switzerland (partner of Movetia)

Dual Academy AG, Switzerland (education partner, award-winner in 2017 Kickstarter Accelerator of digitalswitzerland)

ThinkChangeGrow, Australia (workplace learning experts)

Rymm Education, India (education expert)

partial funding by Movetia (Swiss confederation mobility)


  • Self-evaluation of participants before and after the program 

  • Pitch evaluation through Dual Academy, lecturer, mentor

  • Evaluation through pitch jury with criteria-based team performance report

  • Winning team receives a small team prize and social media promotion



Birkenvale GmbH




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