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Blackboard Hosting First Ever Hackboard

DC EdTech Giant Blackboard Hosting First Ever Hackboard Hackathon

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The folks at DC edtech giant Blackboard want to be hacked. They’re calling for developers and college students to create a unique, user-friendly and impactful application that will integrate with their Blackboard Lean, learning management system, to improve the teaching and learning experience.  The winners will be highlighted in New Orleans at Blackboards annual convention called BBWorld in late July.

Blackboard grew from a small startup, to a company with over 3,000 employees. Over 20,000 schools and institutions ranging from K- higher ed, use their learning management systems software.

To enter, developers and students must submit the code for their app along with a five-minute video demonstrating their integration and how it works. All entrants are also required to open source their project and create an IMS Global Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) Tool Provider that interacts with Blackboard REST APIs. The deadline to submit entries is June 19, 2017 at 8:00 AM ET.

In the first round of judging, a panel of experts from Blackboard, IBM and Amazon Web Services will review submissions based on the following criteria: innovation, user experience, quality, impact on the teaching and learning experience, technical difficulty, and presentation. Judges will select one winning student and one winning developer.  The winners will receive complimentary registrations to DevCon,  Blackboard’s annual developers conference, and BbWorld, Blackboard’s annual user conference, being held July 24-27, 2017 in New Orleans.

The winning developer will receive $2,000, a trophy, and a 20-minute session at BbWorld to present their project. The winning student will receive a trophy and a 20-minute session at BbWorld to present their project. At DevCon, each winner will also have five minutes to pitch their integration to the audience. Votes will be solicited from the audience through Blackboard’s conference app to determine one overall People’s Choice Award winner.

With a long history of supporting the development of integrations and customizations, Blackboard is committed to interoperability standards and openness. Since 2001, the company has given customers choice in the way they implement their solutions. Blackboard also maintains an active and robust development community that includes over 3,500 registered developers who have created over 3,200 integrations to date.

“Blackboard Learn is designed to be part of a larger educational ecosystem and we are committed to providing an open environment for our clients and partners that offers the tools to integrate with and extend the product to meet their needs,” said Tim Tomlinson, Chief Product Officer at Blackboard. “We look forward to seeing the innovative applications that participants will integrate with our platform. We encourage any developer or student to enter who wants to test their skills, expand their knowledge, and have the opportunity make a difference in online learning.”

Intersted developers and college students can find out more here