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Friday, April 19, 2013

HackEd Takes a Crack at Facebook Apps

Can 150 young developers, working in 24 teams, create educational apps for Facebook to help college students manage their campus experience better? Facebook and the Gates Foundation seem to think so.

The two organizations paired up for HackEd 2.0, the second annual competition for developing apps that students can access through their Facebook accounts. The U.S. contest recently concluded, but another is planned for London in late April.

The developers were charged with dreaming up apps to make going to college easier, from financial aid to academic support. Participants could work on apps for one of three areas: college, social learning, and out-of-school study.

Bloomberg TV reports on HackEd 2.0, including remarks from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, in this video.

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