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Hyperdrive is a fast-paced, judged competition that takes place exclusively at DevLearn each year. During Hyperdrive, contestants give a short elevator pitch to a panel of industry experts related to a project they are working on. This year’s Hyperdrive competition will focus on creativity, showcasing learning and performance projects that highlight exciting solutions developed using new technology, as well as inventive solutions that use the resources at hand in new ways. All DevLearn attendees are welcome to attend any or all of the pitches.

Start your learning early. Don’t miss Hyperdrive on Tuesday, November 15, 3:30p – 6:30p!

Calling All Designers and Developers: Show Off Your Creative Projects

Have you created a project that pushes the boundaries of what learning and performance support looks like? Have you made a project that’s at the cutting edge of technology in our field? Have you developed a project that takes an existing technology and uses it in an unexpected way? Then participating in DevLearn Hyperdrive is the perfect opportunity to share that work with your peers. Not only is it a way for you to contribute to the conversation about what’s new and innovative in our field, but it’s also a chance to have your project recognized in a competition judged by industry experts. Even better, the three winning projects chosen by these judges will be featured in a special session during DevLearn, giving you even more opportunities to share the creative work you and your organization are doing.

Show us how you’re looking for creative solutions to today’s L&D challenges. Submit a proposal to participate today!

Submitting Your Hyperdrive Project

  • Hyperdrive submissions are open to all attendees of DevLearn 2016
  • Your demonstrated project must be originally created content
  • Only one submission per organization (vendors can co-present with clients on multiple submissions if each project is unique)
  • For more detailed information about Hyperdrive submissions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions

Notification of Acceptance

We will review your project and send you an email to let you know whether your submission has been accepted. If your submission doesn’t meet our requirements, you’ll be given feedback and the opportunity to resubmit your project.

If you have any questions or need more information, contact

NOTE: Submissions are due by October 28, 2016. We strongly encourage you to submit your project early to increase your chances of being accepted into the program.

Who Are This Year's Judges?

Jane Bozarth

eLearning Coordinator, State of North Carolina

Jane Bozarth is a veteran classroom trainer who transitioned to eLearning in the late 1990s and has never looked back. As leader of the State of North Carolina’s award-winning eLearning program, Jane specializes in finding low-cost ways of providing online training solutions. She is the author of several books, including eLearning Solutions on a Shoestring, Social Media for Trainers, and Show Your Work: The Payoffs and How-To's of Working Out Loud. Jane holds a doctorate in training and development and was awarded the Guild Master Award in 2013 for her accomplishments and contributions to the eLearning community.

Josh Cavalier

CEO and Founder, Lodestone

Josh Cavalier, CEO and founder of Lodestone, has worked in the eLearning industry for more than 19 years. Focusing on the intersection of education and technology, Josh specializes in education media production and rapid eLearning tool implementation. Popularly known as Captain Captivate, he is an Adobe Certified Expert and instructor in Captivate. Josh also produces a blog that offers online tutorials and videos on Captivate.

Koreen Pagano

Founder, Isanno

Koreen Pagano is the founder of Isanno. Koreen helps people learn more effectively. She advocates new ways of using technology for organizational learning, emphasizing performance improvement and behavior change. She has strong ties to education, having received her MS degree in curriculum and instruction from Penn State University. She helped start Freire Charter School in 1999, and founded Tandem Learning in 2008 to demonstrate the untapped potential of immersive learning design. An internationally recognized speaker and organizational consultant, Koreen teaches graduate courses at Harrisburg University, writes the blog Learning in Tandem, and authored the upcoming book Immersive Learning.

Sarah Gilbert

President, meLearning Solutions

Sarah Gilbert specializes in mobile learning technology strategy, design, and development at meLearning Solutions. She also serves as director of the Informatics Academy at the Task Force for Global Health, where she leads a team to support global public health workforce development, and is involved with ATD. Sarah's work has been published in The Book of Road-Tested Activities, 68 Tips for eLearning Engagement and Interactivity, TD Magazine, and a variety of other training and workforce publications. She regularly speaks at conferences and business events on the practical application of learning technology.

Hyperdrive Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Submitting to Participate

General Information

What is DevLearn Hypderdrive, and how is it structured

DevLearn Hyperdrive is an open competition that invites individuals and organizations to share technologically innovative and exciting ways to enhance learning and solve business problems. This year also has a specific focus on creative solutions and uses of technology. Each Hyperdrive presenter will have 10 minutes to share his or her story onstage in front of a panel of expert judges and a live audience.

At the end of the event, the judges’ scores will be tabulated and three winners will be selected. During the opening keynote of the conference on Wednesday, November 16, these winners will be announced, and they will each have a 15-minute slot later that day to share their stories during the DevLearn Hyperdrive Winner Showcase.

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When is DevLearn Hyperdrive?

DevLearn Hyperdrive will be held Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 3:30p – 6:30p

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Submitting to Participate

Do I have to give a formal presentation?

Yes. Each participant in the DevLearn Hyperdrive competition will have a 10-minute slot in which to share how his or her learning solution creatively solved a problem or need in an organizational setting. The 10 minutes consists of an eight-minute presentation, followed by two minutes for Q&A from the judges. NOTE: In order to maintain a level playing field for all contestants, timing is strictly enforced at Hyperdrive.

If your presentation is selected as one of the Hyperdrive winners, you will also have 15 minutes to share your story during the DevLearn Hyperdrive Winner Showcase session on Wednesday, November 16.

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Who can submit to participate?

Anyone who is a registered conference attendee of DevLearn 2016 (including conference and Expo+ attendees, speakers, and registered exhibitor staff) can submit a project.

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What types of projects can be submitted?

Almost any type of solution that leverages technology can be submitted. Share your project, finished or in progress, and pitch it as part of the competition. Your submission should show not just the technical aspects of the project itself, but also how it solves a specific learning and/or business need.

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What is not eligible for Hyperdrive?

Pure product demonstrations or features of products are not eligible. DevLearn Hyperdrive is NOT about demonstrating technology products or platforms. It IS about sharing the stories of how those technologies were used in a project that solved a business problem.

Vendors of learning technologies who wish to demonstrate their products or services should contact Cheri Lynch to inquire about exhibiting on the expo floor, product stage sessions, and other marketing promotional opportunities.

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Can vendors of eLearning products or custom development services participate?

YES! Please refer to the question “Who can submit to participate?” above for requirements.

Note that Hyperdrive is not intended as an opportunity to sell your products or services! (See section above about what is not eligible for submission.) Hyperdrive is designed for peers to share their projects with peers and a judging panel. Anyone who is actively marketing or selling during Hyperdrive will be disqualified and will not be selected for future Hyperdrive competitions.

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Can DevLearn 2016 speakers participate?

Yes, DevLearn 2016 speakers can participate in Hyperdrive.

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How and when can I submit my project?

Click here to submit your Hyperdrive 2016 project.

Submissions are due by October 14, 2016.

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Can I enter multiple submissions?

You are limited to one (1) entry per person or organization.

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How do I know whether my project has been accepted?

We will review your project and send you an email on or before October 21, 2016, to let you know whether your submission has been accepted.

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Is there a limit on the number of projects accepted?

Yes. There are only 12 slots available at DevLearn Hyperdrive. In order for an entry to be considered for the competition, the following requirements must be met:

  • The submission form is complete
  • The submission is a valid project (i.e., is not a product demonstration, etc.)
  • Any demonstrators listed on the form meet the registration criteria
  • The entry has been submitted by the deadline


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What technology do I need to conduct my demonstration?

  • You will need to run any presentations or demos off your own laptop
  • Wireless Internet will be available, but we encourage you to load your application onto your laptop hard drive, CD, or USB drive and be prepared to run it in case you have issues with your Internet connection

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Will you send me more information if I am accepted?

If your program is accepted, we will send you complete instructions on setup times, technical options, etc., around November 1.

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Is this a competition? How will winners be selected?

Hyperdrive is a competition that recognizes the most creative and innovative projects in learning and performance. Three winners will be chosen by our panel of industry experts to represent some of the most exciting projects our field has to offer.

To ensure fairness and rigor, project presentations are judged using a rubric that targets many aspects of the project, including its effectiveness at solving real-world needs. This year, the judging will give additional weight to projects that display extraordinary creativity in the solution they developed and/or the approach they used to create it. You can show this creativity by using cutting-edge technology, but you can also demonstrate it through unexpected solutions or by using existing technology in creative ways. We will share this rubric with Hyperdrive speakers before the event, and you should use it as a guide to help you know what to cover during your presentation.

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How will awards be given?

If you are selected to participate as a presenter in Hyperdrive 2016, be sure to stay till the end of the competition. Winners will be announced immediately after the final contestant has completed his or her presentation. In addition, you should plan to attend the opening general session of the conference on Wednesday, where we will acknowledge all contestants and share details about the DevLearn Hyperdrive Winners Showcase to take place later that day.

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Whom can I contact if I have additional questions?

Please feel free to reach out to us at should you have any additional questions.

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