This is just an FYI — the Stack Overflow Student Ambassador Program was recently announced. Today we’d like to share what this program is and how students will be participating.
What is the Student Ambassador program?
We are partnering with Major League Hacking to develop our student-ambassador corps, initially drawn from participants at a Hackathon that took place this past weekend. Major League Hacking has an amazing track record when it comes to working with students from a variety of schools. This first cohort will be representing us on their campuses, partnering with us to bring more of their classmates on board, and participating in future Hackathon challenges.
We’re also working with this inaugural cohort to help us plan what future semesters will look like. Currently only students participating in colleges and universities affiliated with Major League Hacking will be able to sign up for the program.
How will students be participating on the site?
If you aren’t familiar with Hackathons they are, as Major League Hacking describes, invention marathons. Hackathon participants are given access to the API for timed challenges. Hackathon participants do not have access to any data containing PII.
The Hackathon challenges will happen off the main sites so nothing will be changing or interfering with how you currently experience the platform. In the upcoming months students will be encouraged to participate in Q&A on Stack Overflow in addition to other sites on the Stack Exchange Network where they have an interest and knowledge to share. Student Ambassadors aren’t given special privileges and don’t have a special badge indicating who they are. They are like any other community member and adhere to the same guidelines when it comes to posting and our Code of Conduct.
We are really excited about this pilot group. Since their inception, Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange Network have been a place where developers and technologists (including students entering the field) have come together to learn and share knowledge. If you want to read more about the Student Ambassador program, check out the blog post or the Student Ambassador landing page for more details.