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Join Facebook, MacArthur Foundation, the Family Online Safety Institute, and 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


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:

    1. Social apps – Create apps for learning, including mobile apps, that take full advantage of social networking tools and operations to promote and enable learning
    2. Badging programs – Create learning content that leverages badging and other recognition and feedback methods to inspire people to continue learning, collaborating and leveling-up.
    3. 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.

Project:Connect Hackathon prizes are supported through a grant from the MacArthur Foundation to the New Venture Fund.  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.

VIEW PRESS RELEASE: Facebook, MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla, and the Family Online Safety Institute Launch Project:Connect

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