I’ve been working with Shawn in the past (while working with Sybase), and as I always admired him for being so passionate about mobility - I immediately agreed to take the challenge.
Mobile technologies are the best, competitions are fun, combining them to encourage creativity seems like something worth taking part in, so I decided not only to participate as a judge, but also to write about it here, at the mobile spoon.
Who are Desire2Learn?
In short, Desire2Learn Incorporated creates enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, goals, and branding.
The company was founded in 1999, and is operating worldwide. It combines eLearning with mobile technologies, as well collaborative approach and unique flavors that are all creating the best learning environment – all designed to ignite the student’s desire to learn.
About Edge Challenge 2012:
The Desire2Learn Edge Challenge is about building an app that improves any aspect of the educational experience. Anything goes; from teachers apps, administrators apps, all the way to students tools or applications. The contest is about “building something that matters”.
To participate in the contest, you need to register a team (up to 5 members), create a working software along with a short video that demonstrates it. It is important to include some innovative ideas as well as creating an impact on groups or individual learners.
Personally I will also be looking for apps that are not only innovative and productive but also well designed, clean, elegant and polished. I’m always looking at the usability side of things, and I’m certain that a user experience will be a critical factor in this contest.
Timeline is as follows:
Of course there are prizes… Did you really think I am doing this for fun?
Well, actually I am… but competing teams should definitely aim for the victory, as the first place will win a cash prize of $25K USD plus a free trip to San-Diego to present the winning software. More about the different prizes in here.
See you at the contest. I will definitely be there.
Find out more in the official page of the Edge Challenge 2012 official website.