Code for a cause: Announcing the HighEdWeb 2014 Hackathon

hackathonWhat can programmers, writers, designers and project managers create in one night? A revamped user experience and revised content strategy for The Coalition for a Livable Future’s Regional Equity Atlas, of course!

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What is a hackathon?

The concept of a hackathon is simple (though the work is far from it) – web professionals engage in collaborative web programming and design to enhance an organization’s online presence in a short amount of time. See how our 2013 hackathon helped The Ride for Roswell in Buffalo, New York.

A HighEdWeb hackathon unites web professionals from hundreds of colleges and universities with diverse skill sets (including programming, writing, graphic design, project management and more). This year, the HighEdWeb hackathon will focus on supporting the Coalition for a Livable Future (CLF), a nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon, and renovating its Regional Equity Atlas project.

The details

  • 6 p.m.-3 a.m. Monday, October 20 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower Hotel
  • Revamp the UX of their Regional Equity Atlas for a more non-technical audience
  • Provide technical recommendations, especially of open source solutions
  • Revise their digital strategy/information architecture/content strategy to streamline the path to the Atlas via the CLF website

Questions about the Hackathon? Contact the Hackathon coordinator, Anne Petersen.

​What is the Regional Equity Atlas?

The Coalition for a Livable Future’s (CLF) Regional Equity Atlas is a tool that enables the group to understand how well different neighborhoods and populations are able to access the resources and opportunities necessary for meeting their basic needs and advancing their health and well-being. By illuminating the Portland metro region’s geography of opportunity, the Equity Atlas has transformed conversations around equity and provided concrete information to guide local advocacy and policy making to address disparities.

The original Equity Atlas was released in 2007 as a book of static maps and text. CLF released an updated version of the Regional Equity Atlas (Equity Atlas 2.0) in June 2013 that includes an online mapping tool that gives users the ability to create their own maps and an interpretive website that provides a gallery of static maps and analysis. The website also includes metadata, user guides and tutorials, and a host of complementary features including a storytelling project and white paper series.

How can sponsors help?

We can’t pull off this ambitious hackathon without you! And, there are many ways for you to put your web powers to work.

Partner with HighEdWeb attendees to harness the power of the web for the good of the community by providing:

  • Food
  • Assistance with coding, content, design and more
  • Oversight of the project
  • Prizes

Interested in sponsoring the Hackathon? Contact the HighEdWeb sponsorship committee.


HighEdWeb 2014 early bird ends Thursday, July 31

The clock is ticking – only ONE day left of HighEdWeb 2014 early bird registration! Sure, we’ll keep registration open as long as there are seats available, but when you register during the early bird period (aka: by the end of tomorrow, Thursday, July 31), you save $125 off the full conference rate. So don’t delay — register now!

Dr. Moira GunnMonday Keynote: NPR’s Dr. Moira Gunn

Need a world-renowned reason to hit up #heweb14? Well, let us share this: HighEdWeb is pleased to announce that Dr. Moira Gunn (@biotechnation) will deliver the Annual Conference’s opening keynote address on Monday, October 20.

The first woman to earn a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Purdue, Dr. Gunn worked as a NASA computer scientist and engineer. Today, she educates the public about issues in science and technology on NPR’s nationally-syndicated “Tech Nation” and “BioTech Nation” radio programs – and she’ll be talking with HighEdWeb next. Hear more from Dr. Gunn via her TEDx PurdueU talk.

(And don’t forget, there’s also our Wednesday keynote with Chris Hardwick — aka @nerdist — to which to look forward, too!)

Don’t delay; register today!

Registration is filling fast, and once the conference is full, registration will close forever. Be sure to register soon to ensure your spot!

HighEdWeb 2014 early bird ends in ONE week!

July means warm days, the halfway mark of summer break, post-All Star break baseball…and just ONE week left of HighEdWeb 2014 early bird registration! July 31 is the last day to take advantage of $125 in early bird savings off regular conference registration pricing.

Registration is filling fast – we’re at about 61% of seats sold, and once the conference is full, registration will close forever, early-bird or no. Be sure to register soon to ensure your spot!

Why HighEdWeb 2014?

We know you have lots of options when it comes to how you spend your professional development dollars. We believe that HighEdWeb 2014 in Portland, Oregon, will be the best investment you can make to develop your skills.

We aim to provide you with the best value for your investment by offering:

  • Access to 70+ presentations in six different thematic session tracks, plus dozens of great posters.
  • A seat at two great keynotes, including a humorous look at all things geek and technology with @Nerdist Chris Hardwick.
  • The option to add even more to the learning by signing up for a HighEdWeb Academy and pre- and post-conference workshops.
  • Opportunities to network with the HighEdWeb community at conference meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks included!) and many networking events.

Keep Portland weird

Plus, you get to experience all of this in beautiful Portland, Oregon! Dubbed the laboratory of all things hip in North America, Portland is home to the Silicon Forest, Powell’s City of Books, the world’s first farmer’s market, breathtaking landscapes and food trucks galore.

But don’t just take our word for it. Hear more from this year’s HighEdWeb conference chair about why you should be in Portland in October:

Less than two weeks left to submit your HighEdWeb 2014 proposal

Speaker gives HighEdWeb 2013 conference presentation.The clock is ticking…

Less than two weeks remain for you to submit your HighEdWeb 2014 proposals for both the 45-minute conference presentations and the poster session. The online submission system will close at midnight April 4.

We accept proposals for presentations covering a broad range of topics related to higher education and the web — from accessibility to programming to design to marketing, and more. Review last year’s conference schedule for presentation examples.

Don’t delay; submit today!

Get registration-ready

Mark your calendars – HighEdWeb registration will open April 1! We recommend registering early, as spots fill up quickly. Plus, register by July 31 and you receive the #heweb14 early-bird discount — a savings of $125.

And don’t forget: While you’re in Portland, you can also register to attend one of our professional Academies Oct. 18-19. There are three in-depth programs from which you can choose: Leadership, Integrated Marketing and Technology. Academy registration opens April 1.

HighEdWeb Regionals – Coming to a city near you!

Can’t wait for October? A HighEdWeb Regional is coming to city near you this spring and summer:

Submit your proposals today – we can’t wait to read them!