Q: Who can enter?
A: The Remote-Learner Idea-A-Thon is open to all U.S. and Canadian residents who are at least 18 years old.
Q: I’m not a developer or programmer. Can I still enter?
A: Yes! We took inspiration from hack-a-thons, and the Idea-A-Thon is our twist, with an emphasis on ideas. While you can submit the code for your project, it’s not a requirement—so programming knowledge is not a prerequisite. We hope this opens it up to a wider audience from different academic disciplines.
Q: What are the prizes?
A: Three cash prizes of $1,000, $750 and $250 will be awarded to the Gold, Silver and Bronze finalists.
Q: Can my friends help me out?
A: You can make a group submission, but only one person can serve as your primary contact. Prize money will be awarded directly to the primary contact only; How you share the winnings is up to you.
Q: When are the entries due?
A: Entries must be received by midnight EST on Friday, February 2nd, 2018.
Q: What entry formats will you accept?
A: We’ll accept electronic entries, in any common file format or combination of common formats, such PDF, PowerPoint, Word Docs, .mp4 and so on. You can explain your idea in a video, outline it in a document, or any combination of these things. Be creative and visual!
Q: Can I enter more than once?
A: Enter as many submissions as you like! If you have ten great ideas, we want to hear about them all. Just remember, submissions won’t be considered if they are incomplete.
Q: Will I be notified about the status of my entry or receive feedback?
A: After submitting your entry, you will receive confirmation that it has been received. If you’re one of the five semi-finalists, you’ll be invited to talk about your idea in a virtual design and development discussion with Remote-Learner’s product design and dev teams. Three finalists will be selected from the five semi-finalists, and will be contacted by Remote-Learner.
Q: When will the winners be announced publicly?
A: Winners will be announced online on March 1, 2018.
Q: How will the entries be evaluated?
A: Check out this rubric for more information on what the judges will be looking for, and how entries will be scored.
Q: What sort of issues should I be thinking about for my entry?
A: Your entry should focus on making an online education experience better by improving learning management systems or integrated platforms. Entries should be realistic and achievable through code development and/or user interface design.
Examples of acceptable entries include:
Don’t feel limited to those categories, but remember that your entry should be a realistic idea that makes online learning better or more effective.
- Identifying a problem with the learning experience or delivery of LMS online learning and proposing a solution.
- Identifying an opportunity to enhance or expand the learning experience or delivery of LMS-led online learning and proposing a means of achieving it.
- Finding a way to make your LMS learning more accessible to all users.
Q: What else should my entry include?
A: Your entry should include:
- a brief abstract that identifies the issue you want to address
- a description of your solution and an explanation of its value.
- personal details and contact information, including your name, phone number (so we can contact you if you're a finalist), the name of your institution (personal details will be collected in the entry form in the submission portal)
- (submission details can be found on the online submission form)
Q: Who are you, anyway?
A: The contest is sponsored and managed by Remote-Learner. We design and deliver online learning solutions for schools, corporations, non-profit and government agencies across North America.
Q: Why is Remote-Learner doing this?
A: We want to spark innovation in online learning! Our team was inspired by a local hack-a-thon and wondered if we could generate the same energy and excitement about improvement for eLearning, so we decided to take action and make an impact by sponsoring our very own Idea-A-Thon. Now the question is, "What idea will you dream up? And what impact will you have?"
For more information about the contest and all the legal jargon, refer to our terms and conditions.
Please Note: Time machines, cloning plugins, and mind reading filters have already been proposed and deemed not achievable at this time by Remote-Learner’s R&D lab so please do not submit entries including these concepts. Remote-Learner reserves the right to disqualify any entries including such concepts