In case you haven’t been to a barcamp, it is a user-generated conference — or un-conference — where everyone is encouraged to present and expected to participate in a grid of workshops that develop throughout the day. It feels something like social media in the face-to-face world.
In case you haven’t been to BarCamp NewsInnovation, it is Philadelphia’s event of the year on journalism innovation and the future of news.
At the same time, hackers, coders and designers will come together for a hackathon, working to use data to create tools for journalists and citizens to make government services more efficient and transparent.
The Center for Public Journalism is co-sponsoring the fifth annual BarCamp NewsInnovation and the third annual news hackathon on Saturday, April 27th, 2013, at Annenberg Hall on the main campus of Temple University in North Philadelphia.
Doors open at 9 a.m., sessions run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the there’s a free after-party at the Draught Horse, just a few blocks away.
The event is $5, or free with a valid student ID, and covers both the barcamp and hackathon.
Register today and mingle with other barcampers from NPR, the New York Times, The Associated Press, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and KYW Newsradio.
Representatives are expected from AxisPhilly.org, PlanPhilly.com, NextCity.org, Azavea, WHYY/NewsWorks, Comcast Interactive Media, Flying Kite Media, CBS Interactive, Digital First Media, WordPress, Tumblr and many more.
Other participants come from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Northwestern University, University of Michigan and other colleges and universities.
The Department of Journalism at Temple University is sponsoring the visit of Joey Marburger, mobile design director at The Washington Post.
BarCamp NewsInnovation comes near the end of Philly Tech Week, which is also funded in part by the Center for Public Interest Journalism.
Philly Tech Week, taking place April 20 to April 27, is a celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia. This year’s them is: Making a better Philadelphia through technology. Philly Tech Week is organized by Technically Philly.