The Blackboard online hackathon is BACK for round 2! This year, we partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to issue a fun and unique challenge: solve a problem in education using Blackboard Learn’s REST APIs and the Amazon AI Framework.

Artificial Intelligence is a wide-ranging and trendy term, and its applications are both vast and compelling. The underlying technologies of AI are an important addition to a powerful educational platform. Entries into this year’s Hackboard could range from chatbots that help answer users’ questions, to analysis tools that help identify students at risk, or perhaps content analysis tools. The only limit is your imagination!

This year we will award four prizes:

  • best overall application, which will be awarded the Kroner Cup, named for George Kroner, a Developer Community pioneer
  • best instructor application
  • best student application
  • best application developed by an individual or team of university student developers.

Each winner will receive an Amazon Technology prize package valued at $500!

The judging panel is comprised of software architects from both companies. From AWS, there’s Srini Margasahayam, Manager Solutions Architecture, and Leo Zhadanovsky, Principal Solutions Architect. From Blackboard, there is Reinhold Staudinger, Chief Architect, and Michel Courson, Principal Software Engineer.

Submissions will be judged on innovation, implementation, impact on teaching and learning, and overall presentation. Judging will take place from June 30—July 11. Winners will be announced on July 16 at Blackboard’s Developer Conference, DevCon – July 16-19 in Orlando Florida. But don’t worry—you don’t have to be present at the conference to win.

Hackboard 2.0 is live now and will run through June 29, 2018 at 5:00pm EDT. It is open to individuals and teams of up to five members. All entrants must reside in the US for the duration of the contest and be 18 years of age or older. A successful submission should include a demonstration video of no more than eight minutes and a link to a code repository, licensed with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

If you have questions about Hackboard, or about the technologies therein, join us for Hackboard Office Hours on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM EDT. To view the details, find a team, or register, visit https://hackboard.devpost.com.

 

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