The Digital Media and Learning Competition is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and administered by HASTAC.
The second Competition (2009) awarded a total of $2 million to 19 projects representing two categories: Innovations in Participatory Learning and Young Innovators (for applicants aged 18-25). The Innovations in Participatory Learning awards were given to designers of new learning environments, including major adaptations of existing models of gaming, world building, social networking or other virtual environments, and the development of entirely new programs. The Young Innovators awards were given to forward-thinking, conceptually exciting and original participatory learning projects, where young innovators (age 18-25) were able to bring their most visionary ideas from the "garage" stage to implementation. From a field of approximately 700 applications, 14 projects won Innovation awards ranging from $30,000 to $250,000;* in the Young Innovators category, five projects received awards ranging from $5,000 to $30,000.*
*Awards based on amount requested.