Solve An Education Problem Using Blackboard And AWS AI Tools, Win A $500 Gift Card
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The second edition of Hackboard, Blackboard’s online hackaton, invites teams of 1 to 5 members living in the US to build an application that “solves a problem facing education” by Friday, June 29. The solution must involve Blackboards REST APIs, the company’s protocol to interact with their LMS data, and the Artificial Intelligence tools provided by Amazon.

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There are no other explicit requirements for the application other than the broad description of the rubric on which they will be judged. The rubric includes four categories:

  • Innovation: Quality of the idea, from an originality and creativity perspective.
  • Implementation: The technical difficulty and user experience, such as its ease-of-use, whether it performs as expected, etc.
  • Impact: The extent to which the app can help the larger education community.
  • Presentation: The quality and clarity of the description, video demo, and any other materials submitted.

Four winners (individual or group) will each receive an “Amazon Technology” prize valued at $500 in the categories of: Best Overall Application, Best Instructor Application, Best Student Application, and Best University Application. Applicants must include a video and a link to their GitHub repository. This implies that solutions must be licensed as open source. Read the complete rules here.

Teams can sign up now by getting an application key at (free), a developer account at AWS (free for the first 12 months), and then joining the competition itself at Users are allowed more than one unique submission. Winners will be announced July 16 at DevCon.

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