Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hack for Education: Launches New Contest

Note: This is a summary of a story from the newest webcast of The NonProfit Times TV.  To view the video of this story in full, follow the links in this post.

Hacking is always a bad thing, unless you ask the folks at

The online education charity, and one of Fast Company Magazine‘s top 50 most innovative companies, has launched a new contest for developers and data crunchers. The contest, called Hacking Education, calls for participants to develop apps that will improve education in America.  Over the past ten years, more than 165,000 teachers at 43,000 public schools have posted 300,000 classroom project requests so presumably, the winning applications should help with this.

Judges for the contest include a who's who cast of famous names in education advocacy, as well as some big names in business.  These include Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post, Wendy Kopp of Teach for America, venture capitalist Fred Wilson, and former NYC School’s Chancellor Joel Klein.   And to top it all off, the grand prize winner will be presented by none other than Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert.  So what are you waiting for, nonprofit techies?  Start your programming!

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