Past Competitions

​Between 2007 and 2017, the Digital Media and Learning Competition (now closed) was a program designed to find and to inspire the most novel uses of new media in support of connected learning. The Competition awarded over $13 million to more than 100 projects — including games, mobile phone applications, virtual worlds, social networks, playlists for learning, and digital badge platforms — that explored how technologies were changing the way people learn and participate in daily life.

The Competition was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation through a grant to the University of California, Irvine, and was administered by HASTAC.

Browse our past Digital Media and Learning Competition projects and winners below.



Explore past Digital Media and Learning Competitions

Sixteen museums, libraries and out-of-school organizations were awarded a total of $150,000 through the Project:Connect Summer Youth Programming Competition to support single or multi-day participatory and hands-o
Over 30 innovative badge systems and 10 research studies received over $5 million in funding between 2012 and 2013 as part of the Badges for Lifelong Learning initiative, the fourth Digital Media and Learning Comp
Approximately $1.8 million was awarded to 19 projects; ten projects won Learning Lab awards ranging from $30,000 to $200,000 and 9 projects received awarded ranging from $5K to $50K in the Game Changers category.
In 2009, fourteen 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.
Seven winning projects in the Innovation category and ten projects in Knowledge-Networking were awarded $2 million in 2008.