Since we launched the OpenNews hack day initiative earlier this year, we’ve always had a global scope. But June really demonstrates the scale we’re working at: the OpenNews project is helping throw four journalism hack days across three continents. Here’s what’s on tap:
- On June 16th and 17th, we’re organizing the Knight-Mozilla-MIT Story & Algorithm Hack Day in Cambridge, Massachusettes at the MIT Media Lab. This hack day, run in conjunction with the 2012 MIT-Knight Civic Media conference combines an invite list of conference attendees with an open call for developers (a few spaces still available) to make tools to tell new stories with data.
- On the weekend of June 22nd in Santiago, Chile, El Periodismo Necesita Nerds combines workshops and hacking to facilitate collaboration and experiments between journalists, developers, and citizens. We’re helping to fly Brian Boyer from the newly created NPR News Apps team and Joe Germuska from the Chicago Tribune’s News Apps team to lead workshops.
- That very same weekend, 6000 miles away in San Francisco, California, we’re helping sponsor the News Hack Day which combines a ScraperWiki bootcamp on Friday with a 48-hour hack event held at the San Francisco Chronicle’s coworking space, Hub SOMA.
- Finally, June winds down over in Dundee, Scotland where, on the weekend of June 28th, we’re sponsoring Data Live, a 36-hour hack event that combines and data diving with hardware hacking. How does a DIY sensor network spread around a city help report the news? Build it and see.
These hack days succeed by your participation. Sign up, have fun, and get hacking! Keep track of these and all our forthcoming hack events on the OpenNews Hack Day page.
We’ve got plenty more hack events after June—by our internal tracking, we’re in conversations with about a dozen more around the world—and we’re always looking for more partners to hack with us, so if you want to host your own hack dayget in touch.