Stephen Colbert Awards Trophy to Email Mashup Developer

Kin Lane
Aug. 03 2011, 12:00AM EDT

In April, we covered the DonorsChoose.org Hack Education contest, where developers were challenged to create apps and data visualizations with the DonorsChoose API that would engage the public and have an impact on education. Out of over 50 apps, an email mashup was named the top choice, with its developer receiving a trophy from political comedian (and DonorsChoose board member) Stephen Colbert.

25 of the submissions are being featured in the DonorsChoose.org special showcase, and 8 winners were selected by the contest judges as contest finalists. Out of the 8 finalists, the contest winner was DonorsChoose Signature. Created by Michael Nutt, DonorsChoose Signature creates a dynamic email signature to show classroom projects in need of funding each time your email is viewed.

Movable InkNutt works at Movable Ink, a company that specializes in dynamic content in emails. The company maintains a Movable Ink API, but only to paying customers.

DonorsChoose.org opened up 10 years of educational data from over 300,000 classroom project requests conducted by more than 165,000 teachers at 43,000 public schools, generated from more than a million donations from 400,000 donors, totalling over $80,000,000.

The results of the hack education developer challenge were better than expected. Over 400 developers and joined the Hacking Education email list, 70 of them attended a ten-hour hackathon at General Assembly, and 50 apps were submitted.

The contest was judged by Arianna Huffington, Fred Wilson, Wendy Kopp with the final trophy being awarded by Stephen Colbert. The Hack Education contest was definitely a success, bringing awareness of DonorsChoose.org, and much needed attention to education within the technology community.

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Kin Lane I am a programmer and entrepreneur, with a focus on the business of APIs. I study how APIs are changing the business landscape, and the rise of API driven developer ecosystems. I share my insights by blogging on API Evangelist and ProgrammableWeb, and put into action as API evangelist for CityGrid.

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