About the Digital Media & Learning Competition

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To read what the DML Competition winners from 2008, 2009, and 2010 are up to, read highlights from Where Are They Now here on HASTAC, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. Click here to see the complete list of DML Competition winners or print a copy featuring the winning projects by clicking the .pdf link below.


The Competition is funded by a MacArthur Foundation grant to the University of California, Irvine and Duke University, and is administered by HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory), a virtual network of learning institutions.

We are developing a vibrant community of learning leaders that includes youth, international researchers, practitioners and theorists, non-profits and commercial enterprises ranging across all the different fields from the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering.

The MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation launched its five-year, $50 million Digital Media and Learning initiative in 2006 to help determine how digital technologies are changing the way people, especially young people, learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. Answers are critical to developing educational and other social institutions that can meet the needs of this and future generations.

The Digital Media and Learning initiative is marshaling what is already known about the field and seeding innovation for continued growth. Initial grants have supported research projects, design studies, pilot programs, and responses to policy implications.

The MacArthur Foundation is supporting the Digital Media and Learning Competition as part of its Digital Media and Learning initiative. The initiative is both marshaling what is already known about the field and seeding innovation for continued growth. Results from the most extensive U.S. study on teens and their use of digital media show that America's youth are developing important social and technical skills online. To learn more about Digital Media and Learning research, collaboration, networking, and projects, visit DMLCentral, the Research Hub based at UC-Irvine.


HASTAC (pronounced "haystack"; the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) is an international network of educators and digital visionaries committed to the creative development and critical understanding of new technologies in life, learning, and society. HASTAC's dual dedication is to ensure that humanistic and humane considerations are never far from technological innovation, and that education and learning are at the forefront of new digital innovation. HASTAC is committed to the idea that this complex and world-changing digital environment requires the lessons of history, reflection, introspection, theory, equity, and access that the modern humanities (broadly defined) have to offer.

The infrastructure for HASTAC has been provided largely by the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies at Duke University and the University of California Humanities Research Institute, under the leadership of Cathy N. Davidson and David Theo Goldberg who co-founded HASTAC in 2003. HASTAC has taken an early leadership role in next-generation "net sciences": the computational, social, and humanistic understanding of the role of networked, distributed, digitally-supported relationships that extend throughout education, community-based learning organizations, business, and global partnerships.

Contributing to and supported by the MacArthur Foundation's monograph series on Digital Media and Learning, HASTAC has produced forums on "The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age" as well as a monograph co-written, with many collaborators, by Davidson and Goldberg. HASTAC has also been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Digital Promise Initiative as well as by the generosity of its member institutions.

Digital Media and Learning Competition

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