Facebook, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla, and the Family Online Safety Institute will team up on Project:Connect, an all-day hackathon in New York Thursday, May 9, aimed at developing social tools, applications, badges, and curriculum to aid younger Internet users in making more responsible choices.
Badgeville is aiming higher with its social gaming technology, looking to bring its badges and widgets to Fortune 1000 companies with the launch of Behavior Platform.
Facebook already utilizes some basic game dynamics to get users interacting with the site, but they have yet to implement any badge service, the most common feature of many social games. That’s what the Badges application attempts to accomplish. In order to earn additional badges, users must complete various tasks throughout Facebook, effectively making them more engaged in the site.