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Hacking Education: A Contest for Developers and Data Crunchers

Contest winners have been announced!

Ten years ago, a teacher in the Bronx launched DonorsChoose.org. Since then, more than 165,000 teachers at 43,000 public schools have posted over 300,000 classroom project requests, inspiring $80,000,000 in giving from 400,000 donors who performed over a million search queries and made more than a million donations.

We've opened up that data, and invite you to make discoveries and build apps that improve education in America. Help to shape your school system's budget by revealing what teachers really need. Build the first mobile app for hyper-local education philanthropy. We've got a list of suggestions to help get you thinking.

We hope to build a community of developers and data crunchers, so we're launching a contest! The Big Winner will be chosen from from the top finishers in each category:

Data Analysis

Judges: Joel Klein, Jane Viau
Prize: Findings turned into a beautiful infographic by Column Five Media
Google Nexus S mobile phone
$1,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card
(Top 4 runners-up will also get Column Five infographics!)

Javascript

Judges: Tom Hughes Croucher, Thomas Fuchs
Prize: 2 tickets to select O'Reilly conferences *
2 tickets to any Jumpstart Lab training
Google Nexus S mobile phone
$1,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card
1 year of free cloud hosting on Joyent

.NET

Judges: Scott Guthrie, Scott Hanselman
Prize: 2 tickets to select O'Reilly conferences *
Visual Studio Pro
Xbox 360 with Kinect
$1,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card

PHP

Judges: Gina Trapani, Joi Ito, Matt Mullenweg
Prize: 2 tickets to select O'Reilly conferences *
2 tickets to any Jumpstart Lab training
Google Nexus S mobile phone
$1,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card

Python

Judges: Adrian Holovaty, Hilary Mason
Prize: 2 tickets to select O'Reilly conferences *
2 tickets to any Jumpstart Lab training
Google Nexus S mobile phone
$1,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card

Ruby

Judges: Chad Fowler, Jeff Casimir
Prize: 2 tickets to select O'Reilly conferences *
2 tickets to any Jumpstart Lab training
Google Nexus S mobile phone
$1,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card

Wildcard

Judges: Anil Dash, Gil Elbaz
Prize: 2 tickets to select O'Reilly conferences *
Adobe CS Master Suite
Motorola XOOM Tablet Wi-Fi from BestBuy
Google Nexus S mobile phone
$1,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card
Meet Stephen Colbert, accept a trophy from him, and attend a taping of The Colbert Report with three of your friends. (travel covered up to $500)

Big Winner Judges

Steps

Deadline

June 30, 2011. Midnight Pacific Time.

Judging Criteria

Which app or analysis has the greatest potential to engage the public and impact education?

Suggested Challenges

Analyses Apps

These are just thoughts to whet your appetite. There's lots of room for your creativity!

Learn more about the data and API »

Big thanks to our friends at Union Square Ventures for popularizing Hacking Education.

* O'Reilly conferences such as OSCON, Strata Conference, and Where 2.0 (but not Web 2.0 Summit or any invite-only event) scheduled July 20, 2011 - August 1, 2012. Must register at least 2 weeks before the conference.

Sponsors

Best Buy

Google

Microsoft

Column Five Media

O'Reilly

JumpstartLab

Adobe

Adobe

Adobe

Funders

The Anthony E. Meyer Family Foundation

Michael C. Lewis