BadgeOS News 2014-01-16T15:51:40-05:00

January 15, 2014


10,000 Sites and 2 Million Badges

2013 was a spectacular first year for BadgeOS! Since the initial launch in April, BadgeOS has powered engagement, education, training, certification and game-based experiences on nearly 10,000 WordPress sites. The growing BadgeOS community has contributed to three versions, ten add-ons, and several internationalization initiatives. Our friends at WebHostingHub, for example, contributed the Spanish translation that you’ll find in our most recent release.  

A myriad of BadgeOS-empowered sites and apps recognize achievement in wide range of areas, such as math, science, job training, health, fitness, community engagement, and so much more. We are very proud of last year’s special projectslike the Dallas Museum of Art’s “DMA Friends” program and the YMCA of Greater New York’s “Y-MVP” app, which demonstrate the infinite flexibility of the BadgeOS framework to empower achievement recognition in so many unique real-world contexts. Together, the BadgeOS community has issued over 2,000,000 digital badges! This month we honor one of these programs with our inaugural “BadgeOS Distinguished Site” award.  

In 2014, we will continue to release regular updates and extensions to BadgeOS driven by the needs and contributions of the community. You’ll see exciting new achievement triggers; enhancements to the submission process; and a few add-ons specifically designed to support museum and public library engagement. We will use this newsletter to occasionally keep you apprised of our progress and hope you communicate with us as well. Use the extensive developer resources to build and submit your own plug-ins and add-ons; nominate your favorite sites for recognition; or simply drop us note. We look forward to hearing from you in 2014!

BadgeOS to Empower Library Engagement

BadgeOS will power an interactive discovery platform which will provide a richer reading experience for customers of the Pierce County Library System (PCLS) in the Tacoma, WA area. With a focus on reader advocacy, and through the use of online gaming techniques, the PCLS platform will help educate customers about the Library’s services and resources. This unique engagement initiative will generate four extensions that will be shared with the open source community including the Polaris Library Card add-on; achievement triggers based on ISBN and WorldCat data; and a new Earned Badge Congratulations display option.

The project is funded by the Pierce County Library Foundation, in partnership with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Official BadgeOS

Distinguished Site

Congratulations to our first BadgeOS Distinguished Site: Innovative Learning ResourcesILR was created by the Connected Consulting team, which is dedicated to assisting K-12 schools in creating meaningful change in the classroom. The ILR site offers a holistic approach to student and teacher development, offering digital credentials which surface and acknowledge pathways of learning and achievement.

Get Recognized!

The BadgeOS Team is honoring websites and mobile apps that showcases best practices in the use of BadgeOS and digital credentials. Honorees receive BadgeOS add-ons AND a one-hour phone consultation with a BadgeOS expert.

Nominate your favorite BadgeOS enabled site or mobile app now! 

Latest Release

BadgeOS v1.3.3 

BadgeOS just got more powerful!
  • Integrated Badge Builder
  • Spanish language translation
  • Custom Badge Redirect Shortcode
  • Support for several new Add-Ons 
Upgrade today!

Badge Tips

Creating Your


Our first in a new series of BadgeOS tutorials features an introduction to designing your achievement system.

Constellations” is a 5-minute overview of things to consider before creating your first badge.

Check out the other quick video tips

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