804RVA was proud to host the Apps4VA /Hac4EDU Hackathon and boy was it was a good time to be from Richmond! RVA took home the statewide grand prize and second place awards, and other teams from Richmond won the location and hacker's choice award. Congratulation to everyone who participated!
Grand Prize: Chris Cooper, of Richmond, won the grand prize for his Predictive Outcomes, a tool to develop dropout risk profiles that will allow educational administrators to develop an intervention strategy for current Virginia students.
Statewide second place winners: Harper Trow and Joey Figaro, of Richmond, split the prize for their Division Cost /Performance Comparison Engine, an app that compares the relative cost per student in state funds versus SOL performance for a given division and allows for side- by-side comparisons.
Location Awards by City:
Teammates Phillip Murillas and Miles Sandlar won both the location prize and the Hackers’ Choice award for Engage SOL, an app that allows administrators to monitor student progress on practice SOL tests and promotes student learning from these tests with the assistance of mentors.
Caner Uguz, Jonathan Thompson, and Clinton Sower also won both the location prize and the Hackers’ Choice Award for VAcompare, a suite of applications that provides diverse reports and analyses based on the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS).
Norfolk participants Jeff Muller and Chuck Williams also scored both the location prize and the Hackers’ Choice Award for their Disability Advantage, a system that allows parents of special needs children to determine other schools within a given area that have children with special needs similar to their children.
Patrick Crawford and Gabriel Bradley took the location prize for their SQWABBL (Server Query with Arbitrary Blocks Based Language), an app designed to perform “Create, Read, Update, Delete” functions against any dataset using drop options for specific parameters.
Richmond Hacker's Choice award was granted to ClassFundr, a mobile app developed by John Dlugokecki and Kim Mahan that leverages the Donors Choose API to make it possible for parents and concerned citizens to donate directly to Virginia classroom projects either at schools nearby or those identified as being most in need.
Other notable apps:
- ConnectingSchools: Enables parents to engage with teachers, teachers with teachers, and enables administrators to gain insight about important issues in their county schools.
- Crime 3d: Allows users to reference metrics and view them on a map of Virginia, with overlaid information. It includes a mashup of crime, dropouts and more in 3d.
- Explore Compare Learn: A tool for visualizing educational data
- LessonForce: Fighting dropout rates by establishing buy-in early using project management tools.
- SpeakUp4edu: Matchmaker for guest speakers / mentors and schools; to provide positive role models and examples for students.
If you want to get involved with our local civic hack group, check out codeforrva.org and join us at one of our "Hack With Friends" nights to make Richmond a little better!
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