New Year Kickoff

Hello DegreeCast Community,

It’s been an incredible 2013, so we wanted to fill you in on new partnerships, plans, and product features as we take 2014 by storm.

Here are a few things that happened just this month:
-We were invited to the White House by the Department of Education!
-We partnered with the largest poetry channel on YouTube.
-We were invited to apply for several exciting grants by some of the biggest names in education.

White House and the Department of Education:
Earlier this month, DegreeCast was invited to the White House to take part in the Department of Education’s 2014 Datapalooza. The event was a one-day symposium to showcase and discuss the uses of government data and big data statistics in the higher education marketplace.

We made friends with the teams of several interesting projects who presented at Datapalooza. While we met a lot of impressive people, our favorites were.

Christina Allen, LinkedIn University Pages (@ChristinaAllen)
Find out what’s happening on campus, what current students are studying, and what alumni are up to now.

Abigail Seldin – College Abacus (@CollegeAbacus)
Helps students and families learn what different colleges will cost based on individual student circumstances

Laura Perna – University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education –
Research/expertise in Access, choice, and equity in higher education as well as College finance and affordability (@lauraperna1)

Dan Tangherlini – Data.gov
In his presentation, he used Trulia as example of a site which uses data.gov, which we particularly enjoyed, because DegreeCast uses government data as well! Think we could ask @DanGSA if the next White House hosted education #datapalooza example could be Degreecast.com?

Partnerships and Online/Offline Productions:
We’re really excited to announce a partnership with Button Poetry (YouTube’s most popular poetry channel). Like Button Poetry, our passion is to make new academic and intellectual experiences more accessible, so we invited them to join us on our trip to the nations capitol. Button Poetry and DegreeCast have been working closely to develop co-branded event productions and online awareness campaigns that will be scattered throughout the new year. Keep eye-out for some exciting offline event productions within the Web Tech and Digital Media Arts community already on the calendar for 2014.

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Grants and Government Contacts:

With encouragement and network support for our advisors, DegreeCast began exploring public and private grant opportunities to help further our social cause. We believe our mission of organizing the all higher-ed degree information in the United States and making it freely accessible to all degree seekers is a social good that should be promoted and sustained. This belief was affirmed while in Washington DC. The Department of Education announced the issuing of a Request For Information (RFI) from members of the higher-ed community who can assist degree seekers in completing the FAFSA. DegreeCast plans to respond to this RFI with the details of our upcoming FAFSA submission feature set to be released in late 2014 on Degreecast.com.

We’re extraordinary pleased with the progress we made in 2013 and look forward to making 2014 another banner year. Look here for more frequent updates on our progress.