Ever heard of a hackathon? It’s basically an all-out creative festival where people committed to one particular cause get together for a weekend (sometimes longer) to make awesome stuff. So perhaps you can imagine what an “Education Hack Day” would be like. I picture it being sort of similar to #edchat but in “real life,” with people coming out of the woodwork to contribute their own great ideas to the education and edtech scene.
Over the course of the weekend, teachers and technologists work to create apps to help check some items off the “Educator’s Wish List.” In other words: participants make progress towards solving real problems submitted by real educators, not just crafting apps that they think will have the best chance of making them a million bucks. Then, at the end of it all, each team presents what they’ve created to the public and a team of judges decide which apps have the most potential. Pretty exciting stuff.
It’s even more exciting for us at TestSoup that not only is there an Education Hack Day coming up (November 12th and 13th) in Baltimore, Maryland, but that one of our own will be a judge at the event. That’s right – one of TestSoup’s founding members will be there first-hand for the unveiling of these apps, and to help choose the winners. Moving up in the world, right?
But wait – there’s more! (In the words of all those used car salesmen…)
TestSoup is also donating free study materials to every single teacher who participates. We just can’t help ourselves. We see educators throwing themselves into the mix and we have to join them. After all, why else get involved in the education sector unless you have a real passion for it? Lord knows, the big bucks are much easier to find elsewhere…
And, last but not least, we’ve heard through the grapevine that one of the other major players in the education sphere is giving away free stuff to all participants. PBworks, one of the leading educational workspace providers (and, incidentally another member of the Wasabi Ventures portfolio, along with TestSoup), is throwing their considerable weight behind the event.
We’d like to say that we hope this event will be a great success, but simply hoping is never enough. So please, we implore you: check it out!
And of course, developers and designers of Baltimore who care about Education, please show up and help out – it’s free and for a great cause!