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.

 

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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.