Facebook will open up its London offices to developers in a one-day hackathon, designed to create social applications for students and teachers in school education.
The 10-hour HackEd 2.0 event on the 24 April is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which will have experts on-hand during the day to offer assistance to developers.
Facebook staff will also be present to report on developers' concepts and the firm's engineers will help developers leverage Facebook's APIs and platform if their prototype needs to connect to Facebook.
There is a wide remit for the type of applications developers can create. Some developers may create social applications specific to one school subject, while others may create more general applications, such as ones to help pupils with their homework.
Once the developers have finished their prototypes, they will present them to a panel of experts including academics, members of the media, and members of Facebook's engineering team
The top three teams in the social learning category will be awarded £5,000, £3,000, and £1,000, respectively.
"This month's event will hopefully see developers creating apps which can be used to help educators reach their students in new and exciting ways," said Philip Su, engineering director of Facebook London.
"At Facebook we're working on making the world more open and connected. Social is changing everything - and we think education could be next. Hackathons are a fantastic way of encouraging creative, ambitious solutions to important social challenges."
Spaces for the event are limited so developers wanting to attend are being asked to submit applications, along with their favourite development platform. Facebook has recommended the developers attend the event in a team of three to five people.
V3 is currently running a Make IT better campaign to improve computing learning in schools.
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