Welcome to Hackboard 2017

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Welcome to Hackboard!!

The annual hackathon sponsored by Blackboard!


Hackboard is a chance for developers, hobbyists, students, or anyone else to build an application to help transform teaching and learning globally. Blackboard Learn will be the focus of this first edition, specifically the use of the Learn REST APIs to build a Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) Tool Provider that interacts with Blackboard Learn to build an application to enhance the student and teacher experience. What the application does is only limited by your creativity!


The hackathon will offer two divisions. The Open Division is open to anyone in the United States. This group will compete for the Kroner Cup trophy and $2000. The Student Division will allow college students in the United States to compete against each other for a trip to New Orleans to receive the Fontaine trophy. The winning integrations will receive free entry to DevCon and BbWorld, a chance to win the "People's Choice Award," and several other opportunities for recognition and bragging rights. For more information on the prizes visit the prizes page.


We also have a wonderful selection of celebrity judges. To be specific, we have 6 judges from Blackboard, IBM, and Amazon Web Services reviewing the submissions and selecting three finalists from the open division and the winner from the student division. The judges are:


Tim TomlinsonChief Product OfficerBlackboard
Katie BlotChief Strategy OfficerBlackboard
Michael KingVice President and General Manager, Global Education IndustryIBM
Chalapathy NetiVice President, Development and Offering Management, IBM Watson EducationIBM
Leo ZhadanovskyPrincipal Solutions ArchitectAmazon Web Services
Warren SantnerManager, Solutions ArchitectureAmazon Web Services


For more information on the judging panel, visit the Judges page.


Check out the rubric the judges will use to rate each entry. The basic tenets of the judging criteria are:

  • Innovation
  • User Experience
  • Quality
  • Impact
  • Technical Difficulty
  • Presentation


Scores will be provided based upon how the application implements each of these tenets. These scores will be totaled and averaged and the winners will be determined. In the event of a tie, judges will pick the winner. If there are a large number of entries, an internal panel of integration and strategy experts will review the submissions and provide a group of semi-finalists to the judges.


Visit the registration page to join the hackathon.


At the conclusion of the contest, the competitors will be responsible for committing code changes to GitHub complete with the appropriate Community Commons license by 8am ET on Monday, July 19, 2017. A project should be created in this space, which should contain a link to the source code and a video demonstration of the application. Both of these must be received by the closing date and time or penalties will be assessed. Watch this video demonstration of how to create a project.


If you have any questions, feel free to start a discussion in this group, or email us at developers@blackboard.com, or join us for regularly scheduled office hours.


Happy Developing!!