This Saturday, 4/28: BarCamp News Innovation and News Hackathon

Tom Jacobson, director of CPIJ, sent an email this afternoon inviting members of the local news and technology communities to attend this Saturday’s BarCamp News Innovation unconference at Temple University. The event, which will include an Open Government News Hackathon, is sponsored by the Center for Public Interest Journalism.

The email is copied here:

Dear CPIJ stakeholder,
 
I’m writing to invite you to participate in BarCamp News Innovation and the Open Gov News Hackathon this Saturday, April 28th at Temple’s Annenberg Hall.  Both events are sponsored in part by The Center for Public Interest Journalism, and focus on the future of journalism and community information.  BarCamp News Innovation is an annual, one-day national unconference on journalism innovation and the future of news.
The News Hackathon  will bring together news and community organizations with technologists to produce tech projects which help journalists and organizations use data, share content and build community. Both events are organized by TechnicallyPhilly as part of Philly Tech Week; the schedule for the day can be seenhere. The list of attendees is impressive, so I hope you will consider registering and attending.

The News Hackathon is particularly exciting because we’re hopeful it will help provide solutions for news organizations lacking significant technology and data resources, and help build relationships between news and community groups and the local hacker community.  We’ve also contributed $3,000 to provide prizes to the participant teams which we hope will encourage creative solutions.  Info about the prizes and judging can be seen here.

The Center is also proud to be able to bring Temple alum, CNN tech writer and Oakland Local co-founder Amy Gahran to add her expertise on mobile platforms and encourage mobile solutions during the hackathon.  The opportunity for news organizations to reach underserved, minority and youth audiences though mobile is very promising, and we hope to help expand the reach of public interest news through this work.  Amy will also be participating in BarCamp sessions and generously offering office hours during the day on the 28th.  Anyone who would like to meet with her should reach out to her @agahran or sign up the day of the event.

Also, please check out the Philly Tech Week calendar to see other events you might be interested in.  The Center is proud to sponsor the media and transparency track of events, which will focus on ways we can help to advance public interest journalism and government and corporate transparency in the city and region through innovation and technology.

If you have any questions, please contact CPIJ program coordinator Jared Brey at jaredbrey@gmail.com.
 
Thanks as always for your interest in the Center’s work, and I hope to see you at Tech Week events this week,
 
Tom Jacobson
Director, Center for Public Interest Journalism
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