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Stage Two of the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition | Applications Due January 17, 2012

Stage Two of the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition | Applications Due January 17, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The 4th HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition is accepting Stage Two applications from organizations, teams, or individuals skilled in designing digital badge systems for Stage One winners’ and official Competition collaborators learning content. Submissions for Stage Two are due no later than January 17, 2012 at 8pm EST / 5pm PST.


Badges Competition (three stages)

Awards: $10,000 to $200,000

This year’s Competition, held in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation, is designed to encourage the creation of digital badges and badge systems that support, identify, recognize, measure, and account for new skills, competencies, knowledge, and achievements for 21st century learners wherever and whenever learning takes place. There are three stages: Stage Two finalists will be matched with finalists from Stage One, ultimately forming a collaborative Stage Three team. It is this collaborative Stage Three proposal that is subject to award. Institutional/organizational applicants from outside of the United States are welcome to apply.

View the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition timeline here.


Call for badge design, technology, and assessment

Opening: December 12, 2011
Deadline: January 17, 2012 at 5pm PST/ 8pm PST
View the complete Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition Stage Two call for proposals here.
Additional information about the Mozilla Foundation’s Open Badges infrastructure available here.

Stage Two (design and technology stage) seeks organizations, teams, or individuals skilled in the design of badge systems and implementation of badge technology to submit early prototypes for badging systems based on the learning content or programs developed by winning applicants from Stage One and official Competition collaborators.**

Application requirements: 
Applications should propose full badge systems and will include badges or sets of badges, assessments, and the technology required to issue, manage, and track or measure performance. Visual materials that graphically represent the proposed badge system, as well as a 1,500 word written description of how the badge system will perform. Stage Two design and tech applicants should describe the badge system they want to build, referring to and describing the characteristics listed here in their written proposal. Applications are due no later than January 12, 2012 at 5pm PST/8pm PST.

Mozilla’s Open Badge Infrastructure makes it easy to issue, display, and manage badges, and as such platforms proposed by Stage Two applicants must work within the Open Badge Infrastructure standards and APIs ( Applicants are also encouraged to develop software and widgets that extend the Open Badge Infrastructure. Full information about Mozilla’s OBI, including a beta release, supporting documentation, etc. can be accessed at

Submissions will be displayed online for public comment and assessed by an expert panel of judges before winners are matched with content and programs teams from Stage One.

Who should apply: Organizations, teams, or individuals skilled in design that are interested in submitting an early prototype for badge systems. These applicants will focus their designs on the content and programs proposed by either winning Stage One applicants or Digital Media and Learning Competition Collaborators (including Intel, Microsoft, NASA, Department of Education, American Library Association, Department of Labor, Department of Veteran Affairs, and more)**.

**(NOTE: Badge design and tech applicants that do not use approved content or programs from Stage One or collaborators’ content can still submit their design proposals at this stage, using any content to demonstrate their proposed badge systems. Keep in mind, however, that any successful Stage Two proposals will be matched with winning content from Stage One or collaborator content for collaborating in Stage Three.

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Am I to presume that if we did NOT hear any response to our proposal for Stage One, that we are NOT invited to submit a proposal for Stage Two?



Hi, Geoffrey,

Stage one applicants that were not selected to advance are absolutely eligible and invited to apply in Stage Two. Your  Stage Two proposal will need to be in response to the learning content of a Stage One winner or official Competition collaborator.  You can view those applications here:

Please contact if you have any additional questions.