CPIJ to host mobile access hackathon April 28th

The Center for Public Interest Journalism has partnered with Technically PhillyHacks/Hackers Philly and Random Hacks of Kindness’ local chapter to bring local news organizations together with technologists to identify ways mobile platforms and tools might serve their communities. These partners will host a Hackathon on April 28th as part of PhillyTechWeek. To participate, register here: http://bcni2012.eventbrite.com/

For background on the hackathon process and ideas from news and community organizations, read more here.

We’re looking for:

  • Public interest news organizations interested in using mobile platforms to reach underserved communities
  • Community groups hoping to use mobile to help community members receive public interest news
  • Community leaders who have questions or problems they’d like to use public data to solve

Individuals and organizations interested in participating in and benefiting from the work of the hackathon should contact organizer Michael Greenle at michael <dot>greenle<at>gmail<dot>com.  Participants will be invited to a faciliated session with volunteer technologists prior to the hackathon to identify and refine potential projects, questions or needs so that they are best positioned to produce a successful solution at the hackathon.

The Center initiated this project to help support news, advocacy and civic organizations in reaching audiences and building community through mobile platforms. As access to news and information through phones and tablets increases, it presents a unique opportunity for local public interest news organizations and neighborhood groups to reach new audiences, particularly those in communities with limited computer or broadband access. This opportunity is particularly promising for African-American and Hispanic communities as those communities appear to outpace others in use of mobile devices for data access.

There is no cost or obligation for news organizations to participate.  We hope to hear from you.

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