Hackboard is here! Blackboard recently announced the inaugural Hackboard hackathon, a coding contest pitting developers in a battle of skill to build an innovative, user-friendly and impactful edtech application that integrates with our flagship learning management system. The competition is now open and entries will be accepted through June 19, 2017.

The contest

Hackboard challenges developers to submit an open source application that acts as an IMS Global Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) Tool Provider and interacts in some way with the Blackboard Learn REST APIs. Other than those few requirements, the only limit is your imagination!

This competition offers two divisions: The Open Division, known as the Kroner Cup, which is open to any developer in the U.S., and the Student Division, a.k.a. the Fontaine Trophy, which is open to U.S. college students. Winners in each division are selected by a panel of experts from Blackboard, IBM and Amazon Web Services, and will receive some fabulous prizes.


Along with the Kroner Cup comes $2,000 and a trophy, while the Fontaine Trophy winner receives airfare and lodging to New Orleans for BbWorld, Blackboard’s annual user conference, and DevCon, Blackboard’s annual developers conference, both being held in late July. Winners receive free entry to both conferences, five minutes on the DevCon main stage to demonstrate their integration, an interview during the DevCon Live streaming podcast, and 20-minute slots in the Innovation Corner in the BbWorld Exhibit Hall. In addition, one winner will be selected as the overall People’s Choice Award winner based on voting by the DevCon audience via the conference mobile app.

How to enter

The contest is free to enter, so sign up today. Hackboard takes place on Blackboard’s Community site. Submit your entries in this group as a “Community Project,” a specific content area available on the community site. You’ll need to create a 5-minute video demonstration and upload to the site with a link to the source code on Github. We created a video to walk you through the project creation process and how to submit your application for voting.

You don’t need to be a licensed Blackboard client or partner to participate in Hackboard; anyone in the U.S. who wants to participate is welcome. We will provide a developer environment for the duration of the contest, access to REST API documentation and sample code, and regularly scheduled office hours throughout the course of the contest to allow for questions.

Visit the community space to learn more. You can also learn more about Hackboard by reading the Terms & Conditions and Code of Conduct.

We can’t wait to see what you create.

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