Simeon and other thought leaders at Educelerate. Check out the post on mentormob.com! Simeon and I then discussed how we are approaching badges from a startup’s point of view. Youtopia is pioneering a way for people to receive public credit for doing good (volunteering, giving blood, contributing to a food drive, etc.), and MentorMob is helping life long learners organize free online content into top notch “Learning Playlists”—so both projects consider themselves prime candidates for badges, which can: Motivate and encourage the completion of tasks and lessons Serve as a record keeping tool for participants Advertise a badge earner’s accomplishment publicly Identify trustworthy programs and curriculum
SAN FRANCISCO, March 5, 2012 — Youtopia is thrilled to announce that it is a winner in the fourth annual Digital Media & Learning Competition. Youtopia is one of just thirty winners chosen from a pool of several hundred applicants. The competition links designers, entrepreneurs, technologists and educators with leading industry organizations to build digital badge systems and explore the ways badges can be used to help people learn, demonstrate skills and knowledge, and unlock job, educational, and civic opportunities. The competition is held in collaboration with Mozilla Foundation, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by HASTAC.
Youtopia is committed to honoring and incorporating the ideas of the global community.