“Journalism and data collide into an awesome explosion” – BCNI Philly
The Knight-Mozilla News Technology challenges officially kicked off last week. The first challenge – Unlocking Video – has seen more than forty submissions with three days still to go until the challenge closes. (If you were going to submit an entry to this challenge, time to get a move on!)
By far, we’ve found that the most effective way to do outreach is face-to-face. To facilitate as much of that as possible, we’re working with Hacks/Hackers and other organizations to encourage local events that bring people together to brainstorm challenge entries.
So far, there have been outreach events in:
There are currently events planned for:
- Managua, May 8
- San Salvador, May 11
- Guatemala City, May 13
- Dundee May 27 (tentative)
- London, May 28 (tentative)
- Birmingham, UK, May 31
- Seattle, TBA
- Berlin, TBA
Don’t see your city listed? What a perfect opportunity to pick-up the gauntlet and organize one. Michelle Thorne has been kind enough to pull together a bunch of resources to help you organize your own local event – it’s easy, it’s fun, and a great excuse to get your local ‘hacks’ and hackers together.
Most recently, I headed down to Philadelphia to do a (super-productive, if I say so myself) MoJo session at BarCamp News Innovation. As usual, I managed to corner a bunch of interesting people, point a video camera at them, and then asked them what they were doing there:
Many thanks to the following folks for subjecting themselves to the camera:
- Sean Blanda from TechnicallyPhilly.com
- Andrew Mendelson from Temple University
- Kyle, Allan, Aaron, and Amandine from War News Radio
- Wendy Warren from Philly.com
- Bas Slabbers from NewsWorks.org
- Tim Wisniewski a ‘Geek-in-command’ at the hackathon
- And the various other folks that got caught in the frame
If you’d like help creating an ‘explosion of awesome’ in your city, or at your next event, drop us a line.