Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

#HackCollege 2.0: Three New Facebook Apps to Help Students Get Into College

August 28, 2013

Earlier this year, the Gates Foundation, Facebook and College Summit co-hosted the second annual education-focused hackathon at Facebook’s Menlo Park campus. The hack brought together education experts and some of the world’s best developers.  

Twenty-four teams spent the day brainstorming and building apps that will help make the college-going process easier to understand and navigate, especially for low-income students. The prize? $5,000 to the best apps in each of three categories:  college-going, social learning, and out-of-school study. 

The event featured several all-female teams comprised of current or former participants in the Hackbright Academy, a 10-week training program designed to help women become great programmers. Other teams consisted of students at area universities, educators, entrepreneurs, family members, coworkers, and friends.

Follow along with the hackathon below to find out more about why we must help more students get into college, and which lucky team won bragging rights.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks - the winning apps will be rolling out for use on Facebook very soon! 

 
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