Facebook And Gates Foundation Host ‘HackEd’

Posted on Sep 28 2012 - 6:42am by Editorial Staff

What happens when two giants joins hand? Well, something new and big will happen. Similarly the case here: the social giant Facebook partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to host “HackEd,” and education-centered hackathon. The goal to host such an event is so that the Gates Foundation’s new $2.5 million investment fund dubbed as the College Knowledge Challenge to kick-off.

The hackathon hosts a total of around 150 developers, technologist, education experts and non-profits who worked together and built “something” that would be beneficial in an app for college goers. The fund lets developers build apps for the students; means helping young folks get into school and stay there.

The successful apps will address one or more of the top three roadblocks by:

  • Helping students build, test, and implement personal academic pathways that grow out of college-career aspirations and are supported by informed decision making.
  • Helping students build social capital and a college-going peer group.
  • Rectifying information asymmetries in college admissions, financial aid, and college selection processes that disadvantage low-income and first generation students
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