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Social Media Competition to Encourage College Bound Students
A $2.5 million investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funds the College Knowledge Challenge competition to attract the best app developers to create free or low-cost web and smartphone applications that help students, parents, and educators in low-income communities navigate the college-going process. The apps will address challenges students typically face on the postsecondary path, including finding an academically supportive peer group, navigating the college admissions, financial aid, and matching processes.
To kick off the College Knowledge Challenge, a daylong “hackathon,” or coding competition, will take place at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. The hackathon will bring together top app developers who will compete to deliver the most dynamic prototypes. The hackathon will serve as the launch of the RFP process, which will run from Sept. 27 through Nov. 16th at collegeknowledgechallenge.org. The RFP is open to anyone who would like to apply. The winning apps will be the best examples of using technology to target young people where they spend their time—online and communicating via social media—to help many more students prepare for, get into, and succeed in postsecondary education.