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Project:Connect Hackathon or Bust!

Nicole is the Project Manager at the Family Online Safety Institute

As the day winds down and I sit here in my DC office hoping the rain has ended before my commute home, I am unusually excited to pack my suitcase for a business trip. I know what you are saying to yourself, who gets excited about packing for a business trip? Me, I guess. And here’s why…

Tomorrow I am heading up to New York City to support the Project:Connect—Hacking for a Better Web Hackathon being held this Thursday, May 9. It will be a day filled with developers, designers, and educators creating social tools—including apps, badges, and curriculum—in pursuit of a better web. The social tools created will fall under three categories: social tools for social good, social tools that enable control of information, and social tools that enable literacy. It is a shared belief among the event sponsors, Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) being one of them, that ‘technology can advance a dialogue about what it means to participate responsibly in a digital world’.

We know not everyone can attend the event but fortunately, we’ll be hosting some of the hacks that come from Project:Connect on A Platform for Good. So, keep a look out in the coming weeks for new additions to the Resource Center borne out of this hackathon highlighting new ways to help young people make smart and responsible choices online.

Until next time (Look for my ‘after the hackathon’ post!),

P.S. To watch the hack unfold live on Twitter, follow @platformforgood and keep an eye out for #projectconnect.

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