Posted on February 24, 2011 · Posted in FullMarks

Today, I’m excited to say, we had our 1000th user sign up for FullMarks. There are still about 340 000 to go in South Africa but I’m still very excited about this milestone. We’re edging slowly towards that critical mass of users that start to interact with each other. I can’t say I know what the magical number will be but 1000 is closer to it than 500 :)

We also want to get our users much more involved in the project as a whole. It was built for them, not for us, so we need to know what they love, like, hate and want so that we can ensure the project evolves to meet their needs as efficiently and effectively as possible.

To make them, and everyone for that matter, more aware of what is happening with FullMarks we’ve launched a blog specifically for the project – please take a look at We’re specifically looking for input on our roadmap for the next 6 months.

I’ll still post personal thoughts about the project here but news, events and roadmaps will be posted on the project blog.

About the Author

Mark Horner is the CEO of Siyavula Education, a social enterprise working in the school sector in South Africa. While working as the Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow for Open and Collaborative Resources, Mark was able to transform the Free High School Science Texts (FHSST) project, which he co-founded, into Siyavula Education. In this process, openly-licensed, collaboratively authored textbooks have been printed and distributed nationally in South Africa. Working at the intersection of community, openness and technology; Mark intends to leverage this success to make Siyavula an innovative, technology provider in education that works effectively as part of the education community to ensure better learning opportunities for all. A recent notable event being the delivery of Siyavula's textbooks over Mxit, the most popular mobile chat solution in South Africa. Mark has a PhD in physics from the University of Cape Town and conducted his research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California on the results from the STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. His work is carried out in the belief that the liberation of information and support of education in South Africa will lead to a peaceful and prosperous future for all South Africans.