Recap: Panorama Education Hackathon 2014

Just last week, our team completed the very first, company-wide Panorama Hackathon! For 24 consecutive hours, we coded, designed, tweeted and presented entirely new product ideas. The goal of the Panorama Hackathon was simple: to spend a day in small groups, actively creating new (and fun!) projects that could become actual features used by educators.

The day began with brainstorming and a team huddle over coffee (an important ingredient to any successful hackathon!). Once our groups were formed, the hackathon officially kicked off and lasted well into the night. Some groups ideated on features specifically for teachers, while others spent time designing products to be used at the district-level.

A few of the Panorama Hackathon 2014 projects:

  • New data visualization features for district and school leaders
  • Personalized recommendations for continuing professional development
  • Interactive guides for choosing reliable survey questions
  • District goal-setting features paired with interactive reports
  • Coordinating community meet-ups for educators and technologists
  • Stay tuned, as we’ll be releasing new features publicly soon!

Sound like fun? We’re hiring.

We’re always looking for new members to join the Panorama team. So if you’re interested in working on big challenges in education and participating in our next hackathon, then head over to our website to learn more about job opportunities at Panorama Education.

Watch the video recap:

What would you hack?

We want to know what new features and products YOU would create for educators.
Share your ideas in the comments below →

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  • Steve Sofronas

    First off, I want to say that I admire the work you are doing and I salute your team’s enthusiasm.

    As an educator concerned with student, teacher, and parent perceptions of what is happening inside the walls of the classroom, I would be interested in a feature that allowed stakeholders to easily compare data from all sources. This data would allow educators to bridge the communication gaps between stakeholders in every student’s education.

    Too often, teachers work in isolation, students (especially adolescents) do not want to “talk about their day”, and parents are left thinking that their children’s experiences are the same as theirs were. It is mind boggling that the day to day routine of “modern” education remains largely hidden within the walls of institutions during a time where social media, access to information, and large scale collaboration reign. Panorama Education seems uniquely poised to create more tools that promote healthy, non-threatening transparency among all those involved in a child’s education.

    Keep up the good work!

    -Steve Sofronas

    • Thanks for sharing, Steve! We agree, aggregating data from multiple sources could definitely bridge these gaps–the challenge is, like you identify, doing so in a non-threatening and transparent way. We hope to continue to keep you updated on our progress!

    • Thanks for sharing, Steve! I agree with you, aggregating data from multiple sources could definitely bridge these gaps–the challenge is, as you identify, doing so in a non-threatening and transparent way. We hope to continue to keep you updated on our progress!