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Hacking Education: A Contest for Developers and Data Crunchers

Back in April, we announced an opportunity for developers and data crunchers to Hack Education with us.

We challenged them to create apps and analyses to engage the public and impact education.

Congratulations to the Big Winner, seven category winners, and 25 showcase apps and analyses that also wowed the judges and staff!

Big Winner: Michael Nutt

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Trophy awarded by Stephen Colbert!

Judges: Arianna Huffington, Fred Wilson, Wendy Kopp

Data Analysis Tie: Lisa Zhang

"Hacking Education" Series

An examination of the kinds of projects that teachers post and the kinds of projects that donors decided to support. Also, an analysis of the differences in funding success between male and female teachers, and between married and unmarried teachers.

Judges: Joel Klein, Jane Viau

Data Analysis Tie: Tiffany Bergin

Data -> Knowledge -> Insight

A very user-friendly analysis of project funding trends.

Judges: Joel Klein, Jane Viau

Javascript: Jed Wood


Search on and this browser extension shows related classroom projects within the Amazon UI.

Judges: Tom Hughes Croucher, Thomas Fuchs

.NET: Jeremy Kratz

Donors Choose Factbook

On this user-friendly and dynamic dashboard, you can slice and dice the org's historical data by a number of facets, including date range and state.

Judges: Scott Guthrie, Scott Hanselman

PHP: John Mertens

DonorsChoose Projects Near Me Wordpress Plugin

This WordPress plugin determines the geographic location of each blog reader and displays nearby classroom projects.

Judges: Gina Trapani, Joi Ito, Matt Mullenweg

Python: Max Shron and Mike Dewar

DC2J: The Automatic Press Release System

Automatically creates compelling summaries of completed classroom projects and notifies local television and newspaper journalists.

Judges: Adrian Holovaty, Hilary Mason

Ruby: Michael Nutt

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Judges: Chad Fowler, Jeff Casimir

Wildcard: Mark McSpadden

Charity Chirpa

Suggests classroom projects you should recommend to your Twitter friends, based on your friends' geographic locations.

Judges: Anil Dash, Gil Elbaz


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