The resulting hacks all used the location-based mobile app’s open API to come up with ways to accomplish their goals.
There are lots of amazing things that can happen when you check in, but not many things bring more joy to us than when check-ins serve as a tool for the common good. We’ve been thrilled to see a recent batch of services that encourage giving back to your community, especially when it comes to improving the quality of education.
Choosenear.me lets you see open projects near your check-ins, clustered by city, and provides project recommendations based on places you’ve been. Donors Challenge allows any sponsor — whether a mayor, a blogger, or a small business owner — to challenge their customers, supporters, or friends by pledging contributions to specific projects based on completion of goals or events.
JCPenney, in collaboration with CrowdTwist, launched a campaign called Pennies from Heaven, where JCPenney will donate 350 pennies (that’s $3.50!) every time you check in to any of their stores! Link your account now to participate and help them reach their target of 100,000,000 pennies to support after-school programs in local communities!
Interested in contributing to boosting educational opportunities in your community? Have your own ideas for saving the world using the foursquare API for rich location-based data? Click here to get started!