Project:Connect – Hack for a Better Web
Join Facebook, MacArthur Foundation, the Family Online Safety Institute, Mozilla for a day long hackathon to create a more equitable, social, and participatory internet. Work in teams to develop social tools — apps, badges, curricula, and other prototypes — that help make for a better Web, and especially to make young people’s online experiences more civil, more empowering and more firmly under their own control. The day will culminate in a judged competition, and the best ideas will earn prizes totaling $48,000.
what: The Project:Connect Hackathon
when: Thursday, May 9, 2013, 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
where: Center 548, New York, New York
who can participate: programmers, designers, educators
Calling developers, designers, educators, programmers, and learning innovators
Programmers and designers: Build programs, platforms and apps to support communities for learning and civic participation on the internet.
Educators, parents and youth, learning innovators: Develop ideas, programs, and educational opportunities to help young people to become better, more engaged and more responsible digital participants.
Hack for a better Web!
Born out of a shared belief that technology can advance a dialogue about what it means to participate responsibly in a digital world, Project:Connect’s May 9 hackathon will award prizes in the following areas:
Social Tools for Social Good – Enabling people to create a culture of kindness and respect that enhances civic participation.
Social Tools that Enable Control of Information – Helping people understand how to control their information, and manage privacy and security.
Social Tools that Enable Literacy – Helping people build, access, and understand or make components of the Web.
Participants may design or create:
Social apps – Create apps for learning, including mobile apps, that take full advantage of social networking tools and operations to promote and enable learning
Badging programs – Create learning content that leverages badging and other recognition and feedback methods to inspire people to continue learning, collaborating and leveling-up.
Learning content – Create learning content, curricula, media promotions and other approaches outside to further the primary hack areas; or create learning apps/content about how to foster a more engaged and egalitarian internet.
Project:Connect is strongly committed to open source contributions. Participants will be encouraged to make their source and presentation materials openly available and under a license that others can use and modify.
Why? Because you have great ideas for building a better internet… and a little cash doesn’t hurt!
Award prizes will be made to the winning teams both technical and non-technical, in each of the three categories:
1st Prize: $5000
2nd Prize: $2000
3rd Prize: $1000
In addition to monetary awards, winners of the May 9 hackathon may have their social tools featured on FOSI’s A Platform for Good (aplatformforgood.org), a site dedicated to helping parents, teachers, and students connect, share and do good. A Platform for Good is supported by MacArthur and leaders across several industries, including social media, telecommunications, software and the Internet.
The Project:Connect Hackathon will be followed by a series of events over the summer at museums and libraries around the country for youth and their families to learn new skills related to digital literacy and civic engagement.