App Developers Needed!
November 15-16, 2013 at Google Pittsburgh and CMU
We are looking for 21 developers to help us turn ideas from teachers into working apps!
For as long as we can remember, gifted educators have provided challenging and compelling
experiences for even the most crafty and clever young children. But our brilliant teachers may
have finally met their match in toddlers totting iPads, iPhones, and digital cameras. Simply put,
they are digital immigrants trying to make sense of digital natives.
So, let’s help them. Heeding the advice of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and
Children’s Media as well as the National Association for the Education of Young Children, let’s
help our educators learn how to use the technology ever-present in kids’ lives in ways that are
developmentally appropriate and that inspire their creativity and playfulness.
On November 15 and 16, 2013, PAEYC is proud to present “UnConference 2013: GAME ON!”
where educators and technologists can “play together.” Through an online voting platform,
seven winning ideas submitted by teachers will be turned into open source apps by hackathon
teams comprised of technology developers, user interface and design experts and marketing
professionals. In addition, on November 16th, up to 200 early childhood education teachers will
participate in field trips to both education and non-education based companies that are cutting
edge in creative thinking, focused on innovation and employing technology in non-traditional
Here is a summary of what developers will do:
• Join us for a mixer to meet other app developers and teachers on Wednesday, November
13, from 6-8pm. We will begin with a tour of Google and then enjoy food and make tshirts
at TechShop. (optional)
• Begin creating your team’s app on Friday, November 15, from 8am-6pm, and Saturday,
November 16, 8am-12pm. Google Pittsburgh in Bakery Square is the site of the
hackathon. Teams will be comprised of 3 developers, up to 3 teachers and a user
• Join us at CMU to present your app to other early childhood educators and administrations
on Saturday, November 16, from 2-4pm.
• Have fun!
How to Register:
Email Yu-Ling Cheng Behr at email@example.com with the subject line “Hackathon” for more
details and to register.