Dominion Enterprises (http://www.dominionenterprises.com) held its fourth hackathon September 20-21, 2012, a short but intense period of innovation and collaboration aimed at helping educators. Teams of software programmers, graphic designers, product developers, and marketers gathered in Dominion Enterprises’ corporate office in downtown Norfolk, to channel their creative energies into mobile applications for learning. At the end of the event, eight new products were created for schools and teachers, and a panel of judges awarded prizes based on how well teams met specific criteria.
Code for the apps produced during this hackathon can be found on GitHub:
With only two days to build a working app, teams leveraged resources such as The Learning Registry (http://www.learningregistry.org/) with assistance from mentors from the U.S. Department of Education. The Learning Registry provides open access to a wealth of learning data, and the projects resulting from the Dominion Enterprises hackathon will become part of a large community that supports The Learning Registry. The U.S. Department of Education provided staff familiar with The Learning Registry to the event, to ensure teams were able to efficiently and effectively use this resource.