Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Facebook & Gates Foundation Get "HackED"

September 27, 2012

Follow the conversation live today on Twitter at #HackCollege as developers participate in a Facebook Hackathon to develop tools for students, and learn more about how your big idea could win $100,000 in the College Knowledge Challenge. This post originally appeared on the Facebook Education page

At Facebook, we believe that a more open and connected world can have a big impact in addressing some of society’s biggest issues. Nowhere is that opportunity more clear than education. 

Today, we are thrilled to co-host a hackathon with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The hackathon is aimed at developing apps that help put young people on a pathway to get into – and stay in – college. We’re calling it: “HackEd.”

All day long, approximately 150 developers, nonprofits, technologists, and education stakeholders, will be onsite at our Menlo Park, CA campus working collaboratively on apps in the following three pivotal areas: 

Academic Support: Building social capital and an academically supportive peer group.  

Financial Aid: Navigating the college admissions, financial aid, and matching processes.  

Academic Pathways: Seeing themselves as college graduates and developing personal pathways to graduation.

In the age of social media, we have an opportunity to achieve real progress, right now on key issues in education. Sites like Facebook give young people access to an unprecedented number of resources to foster and support teaching and learning, and they give developers the opportunity to distribute that vital educational content. They also connect the community – parents, educators, and teens.

We can’t wait to see what the developer community creates at “HackEd” and beyond.

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