Check In to Help foursquare Help Education recently hosted a Hacking Education Showcase to help solicit donations for classroom projects via foursquare check-ins.

The resulting hacks all used the location-based mobile app’s open API to come up with ways to accomplish their goals.

foursquare platform evangelist Akshay Patil offered more details in his post on the foursquare Blog:

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. 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!

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