Digital Media & Learning Competition 1

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Seven winning projects in the Innovation category and ten projects in Knowledge-Networking were awarded $2 million in 2008.

The first Competition (2008) awarded a total of $2 million to 17 projects representing compelling work in the field of Digital Media and Learning. A number of brilliant ideas in the field of digital media and learning deserve wider dissemination, circulation, discussion, translation, application, articulation, and customization. Not every inventor/developer is a good knowledge-networker. Knowledge-networking takes good ideas and circulates them widely, taking full advantage of the Web's potential for collaborative thinking. It enables communication in which many can contribute, shape, and share. Knowledge-networking is “do-it-yourself” field-building, collective matchmaking across communities of those who have and those who seek information, so that each can teach and learn from the other. The Knowledge-Networking Awards were given to proven communicators, those already networking with others and dedicated to digital learning through blogs, social networking, social bookmarking, podcasting, world-building environments, and other on-line communities. From more than 1,000 applications, seven projects won Innovation awards of $100,000 or $238,000;* in the Knowledge-Networking category, 10 projects received awards ranging from $30,000 to $72,000.*

The Digital Media and Learning Competition was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and administered by HASTAC.

*Awards based on amount requested.


Selected Winning Projects

The Let the Games Begin workshop is a soup-to-nuts tutorial on the fundamentals of social issue games. Appealing to those who are new to designing... Networking Civic Engagement, a project of the Institute on Money in State Politics, is an online interactive site and users'...
RezEd: The Hub for Learning and Virtual Worlds will be developed to serve as an online hub to promote the use of virtual worlds as rich learning...
The Sustainable South Bronx Fab Lab project is a laboratory that allows people to turn digital models into real world constructions of plastic, metal...

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