1. December 6, 2013

    December & January hackathons and software competitions roundup

    As pumpkin spice latte season comes to a close, winter is all but upon us. Since our last roundup, we’ve seen some awesome challenges and submissions. Developers and designers created apps to get people around the world excited about rugby using AIG Opta Rugby Data, transformed intricate clinical trial data into user friendly visualizations with help from Eli Lilly, and made beautiful dashboard widgets using the open source Dashing framework.

    With the holidays approaching, it’s easy to get caught up in the shuffle. Here’s a handy roundup of some upcoming hackathons and challenges. Mark your calendars!


    Health: Washington, DC (December 7th)
    8.3% of the US population has diabetes, almost 26 million people. Health Hack DC is your opportunity to innovate, code, and help diabetics better communicate with their doctors and manage their care. The top three apps will take home $2,500’s worth of prizes.

    Education: Miami, FL (December 13-14)
    Meet and work with Miami’s finest at AT&T Aspire Mobile App Hackathon. Collaborate on education focused apps and learn about the latest tools for deploying & hosting your apps in the cloud. If the food and networking opportunities aren’t enough, there’s also $1,000 in prizes up for grabs!

    Transportation: Cambridge, MA (December 13-14)
    What’s the best way to get to the Prudential Center? Come to MassDOT’s Visualizing Transportation Hackathon and figure it out! MassDOT is releasing several real world data sets for you to experiment with. Come hack and compete for $6,000 in cash prizes.


    Appcelerator Mobile DevChallenge: iOS7 Edition (Submissions due December 10)
    Appcelerator invites you to leverage their platform and explore iOS7’s new features and APIs. Build a new app or migrate one you’ve already shipped. You have one more week to enter! Prizes: $1,020

    Respirator Trusted-Source Mobile Application Challenge (Submissions due December 23)
    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health challenges you to build a mobile app that efficiently distributes and displays trusted information about respirators. Prizes: $10,000

    appbackr Tizen Challenge (Submissions due December 26)
    This challenge is HOT! Tizen’s SDK and API allow developers to to write HTML5 applications that run across multiple devices. The Tizen App Store launches next month and it needs your apps. Every qualifying app can win up to $250 out of $10,000.

    Legislative XML Data Mapping (Submissions due December 31)
    The Library of Congress wants you to shape the future of international data exchange. Develop a solution that maps US & UK legislation XML to the Akoma Ntoso schema. Prizes: $10,000

    Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge (Submissions due January 7)
    The Green Button Initiative enables Ontarians to tap into their electricity data from smart meters. Use their API to help Ontario households and businesses understand and manage their electricity use, so they can make informed decisions and take action. Prizes: $50,000

    Traffic Tamer App Challenge (Submissions due January 15)
    Navigating central London is no easy task — you have to compete with pedestrians, motorists, cyclists, taxis, and public transportation. Ford Motor Company challenges you to reduce traffic congestion in London and help motorists with your innovative apps. Prizes: $25,000

    PhysicsJS (Submissions due January 28)
    PhysicsJS is a JavaScript physics engine that lets you apply the laws of motion to create animations that simulate real-world interactions. Developers and designers are invited to create new renderers and demos showcasing PhysicsJS’s capabilities.

    MTConnect Challenge 2 (Submissions due January 31)
    The MTConnect Challenge seeks to stimulate development of advanced manufacturing intelligence software. The U.S. Department of Defense has challenged developers to create applications that enhance the DoD supply chain. Prizes: $225,000

    Presenting Arts Data Artfully (Submissions due February 3)
    The National Endowment for the Arts collects a host of data, including demographic, geographic, and behavioral variables about U.S. adults and how they participate in arts activities. Now they are challenging you to design interactive data visualizations to showcase their data in new and engaging ways. Prizes: $60,000

    Patient Engagement App Challenge (Submissions due February 11)
    Did you know that only about 70% of participants complete phase 3 clinical trials? Join Partnerships in Clinical Trials and Eli Lilly in this global challenge — submit apps that educate, engage, and empower participants enrolled in clinical studies. Prizes: $24,000

    Game On! HIV/STD Prevention Mobile Application Video Game Challenge (Submissions due March 3)
    According to the Center for Disease Control, one in four new HIV infections are in young people aged 13-24. Compete in the CDC’s challenge and create a mobile game that educates adolescents and young adults about HIV and STD prevention strategies. Prizes: $30,000

    Project Anarchy Mobile Game Development Challenge (Submissions due May 31)
    This challenge is a skill-based contest designed to reward game developers who make awesome games using Havok’s free mobile game engine, Project Anarchy. Game Developers have a chance to get their hands on some of the same technologies used in Assassin’s Creed 4, Halo 4, and Skyrim. Prizes: $150,000

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  2. October 2, 2012

    Grand Prize in ETS Assessment Games Challenge goes to browser-based game Equations Squared


    On Monday, the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world’s largest nonprofit educational testing and measurement organization, announced the winner of the ETS Assessment Games Challenge, a competition for game developers and educators to create K–12 math assessments in the form of computer games and mobile apps. 

    The Grand Prize went to Equations Squared, a browser-based equations-balancing game for fifth through ninth grade math students. Players earn points in the game by solving math equations. The more complex and interesting the equation, the higher a player’s score. Students who demonstrate high levels of learning are awarded merit badges. Students earning low scores earn demerits, which indicate where they may be struggling. 

    The creator of the app, Paul Gestwicki, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Ball State University who works on games, fun, and learning. He dedicated his summer to creating Equations Squared, and for the last few years has been working on other educational games with Ball State students and faculty members.

    Professor Gestwicki shares his challenge experience over on his blog: detailing how Equations Squared was coded, and why he decided to spend his summer creating. It’s a great read. Check it out, then explore Equations Squared, a fun-filled rendition of the modern day math test.

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    By Samantha

  3. July 24, 2012

    Make math tests fun


    Game developers, designers, and educators: the Educational Testing Service (ETS) invites you to participate in the ETS Assessment Games Challenge, a competition to create a math assessment task in the form of a game. Specifically, the goal of the challenge is to create games that test students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in K-12 mathematics.

    Assessment games should be based on Learning Progressions in some field of K-12 math. You may supply your own progression, or use one of those provided by ETS. (If you have no idea what a Learning Progression is, or where to find one, check out this helpful guide.)

    One Grand Prize winner will receive $7,000, the opportunity to meet with the Vice President of Research at ETS, and an all-expenses-paid trip to showcase the winning project at an ETS Learning and Games demo space in Princeton, N.J. Three runners-up will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Princeton and will meet with the VP of Research.

    You have approximately one month left to enter — the submission deadline is August 18. Get started on your K-12 math assessment task today!

    More news on educational gamification:
    Why Education Needs to Get Its Game On [Mashable]  
    An Inspirational Teacher’s Story of Making Learning Fun [The Gamification Corporation]
    Math teacher uses gamification to help at-risk students succeed [Go Venture Oasis] 

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    By Megan 

  4. May 1, 2012

    ETS wants game developers, designers, and educators to create a math assessment game


    Video games and apps have enormous potential to fundamentally change the way people view standardized testing. The days are gone of children having to sit down with a paper and pencil to take a test.

    - Gabrielle Cayton-Hodges, Associate Research Scientist at ETS

    Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world’s largest nonprofit educational testing and measurement organization, just launched the ETS Assessment Games Challenge, a competition that invites emerging and experienced game developers, designers, and educators in the U.S. to develop a K–12 math assessment task in the form of a game.

    More than 50 million assessment tests like the TOEFL, TOEIC, and GRE tests are developed, administered, and scored by ETS every year. 

    So what could a modern day math test look like? Tell us your ideas, access materials and Learning Progressions to help build your game, and register to enter at ETSGamesChallenge.com.

    One grand prize winner will receive $7,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to showcase the winning project in a learning and games demo space at ETS in Princeton, N.J. Additionally, the winner will have the opportunity to discuss the ideas behind the entry with the Vice President of Research at ETS. Three runners-up will also receive all-expenses-paid tips to showcase the winning project in the demo space and meet with the VP of Research.

    The submission period is open from now until August 18, 2012. Get started today!

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    By Samantha

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