Media Party ignites in Buenos Aires this week

Get ready, hacks and hackers: there are meetups on every continent of the world this week (not counting Antarctica). Not to mention the HHBA Media Party, the biggest Hacks/Hackers event in the world.

The Media Party will bring thousands of hackers, technologists, journalists and media leaders to determine the future of media in Latin America. If you’re attending, don’t miss the Hacks/Hackers organizers breakfast on Saturday morning.

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#HacktheConstitution, a series of hackathons that started in Johannesburg in May, was named one of Africa’s most innovative tech projects by The Guardian. Serah Njambi Rono, one of the main organizers for Hacks/Hackers Africa, said timing has been important when it comes to getting people to show up or follow along from afar.

“It is important to set up meetups with the community in mind. Late evenings during the week or mid-mornings on Saturdays are pretty ace to work with – that way you get more people at the physical meetups and the rest who can’t make it are able to follow via live-tweets (since they are probably sitting in traffic or scrolling through their phones after work).”

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The Big Easy opens for business; Media Party debuts next week

Greetings, hacks and hackers. Storyology swept Australia’s media scene last week, and the Hacks/Hackers Media Party is already coming up next week! This week, New Orleans is opening a new chapter, with drinks to celebrate. Spread the word if you know any journos or techies in the Big Easy.

The week ahead:

  • Hong Kong is talking about gamifying the news
  • New Orleans is hosting a welcome party to celebrate its new chapter
  • Miami is holding its regular OpenHack Miami
  • IRE in Missouri is holding its weekly meeting

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Berlin featured a couple cool speakers last week, including Hacks/Hackers’ own Sarah Marshall from the London chapter. She talked about how to create products that make users want to use them again and again.

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Australia gears up for Storyology, Argentina preps for the Media Party

Welcome to August, hacks and hackers! Two big events our cresting our (southern) horizon this month: Storyology, Australia’s biggest journalism and storytelling festival, is next week, and Brisbane held a preview while Sydney is taking the post-party honors.

And of course Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires is prepping for its annual Media Party, the largest Hacks/Hackers event in the world. Jump to the end of this newsletter for even more events coming up in September.

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The Hacks/Hackers Africa chapter in Kenya has been consistently collaborating with Code for Africa, thanks to double agent Serah Njambi Romo, who heads both H/H and CfA in Nairobi. She said holding H/H meetups in the same venue as CfA’s Civic Labs has helped keep the two groups organized and in contact with one another.

“We planned for meetup dates well in advance (at the beginning of the year) and booked the space for all these dates then. In case there’s need to push the meetup date, as sometimes happens due to unavoidable circumstances, we let them know at least a week or two in advance.”

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The Guardian showcased #‎HacksHackers‬ Johannesburg’s ‪#‎HackTheConstitution‬ project as one of the most innovative civic tech projects in Africa.

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Join the Hacks/Hackers August open call tomorrow

Welcome, hacks and hackers. We’ve already reached the end of July, a month that saw more than three dozen Hacks/Hackers meetups across the world. That’s more than one per day!

A new month also means a new global open call. Join us tomorrow at 1500 GMT!

Week ahead:

  • Miami is holding its regular OpenHack Miami
  • IRE in Missouri is holding its weekly meeting
  • Hacks/Hackers is holding its global open call

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Uruguay hosted a panel last week to discuss making data projects that are both engaging and reusable. The group relaunched earlier this summer by holding their third annual DataCampUY. Organizer Manuel Podetti, who helped reboot the chapter, suggested chapters try to hold regular events to keep the group active, perhaps leaning on other groups to help with planning.

“When you are planning a event, it’s good to organize it with other organizations. This allows you to add new people to H / H and learn from other communities.”

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Hacks/Hackers prep for exhausting elections, energizing conferences

News last week was dominated by fallouts of the Brexit vote, attempted Turkish coup and spread of the Zika virus. News in the U.S., however, was dominated as it always is these days: by Donald Trump and his political party last week, and Hillary Clinton and her party this week.

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Hacks/Hackers Nairobi met this month for an open government session in conjunction with the Kenya Open Data Initiative. Organizer Serah Njambi Rono said the group strives to hold meetups monthly, prioritizing regular events over finding a specific topic to talk about. Topics can vary, she said, but what’s important is that it’s a cohesive, active group.

“Setting dates is where the hard work is, so it is easier to plan for meetups every quarter, half or annually if you can. This way, you are able to commit to regular meetups throughout the year.”

Attendee Prestone Adie posted an update on the H/H blog, taking a look at Kenya’s 6-year-old public information law and well it has been implemented so far.

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  • July:
    • July 28-29 – Portland, Oregon, USA – SRC CON, a Mozilla conference for journalist coders
  • August:
    • Aug 10-13 – Sydney, Australia – Storyology, a journalism and storytelling conference
    • Aug 25-27 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – the Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires media party
  • September:

Election year for Hacks/Hackers across the world

Greetings, hacks and hackers. This is turning out to be an election year in more way than one, with referendums rocking Europe, attempted government changes erupting in Turkey and campaigns turning out high drama in the United States. London and Paris have both held meetups on polling data for their respective elections, and many other chapters will probably follow suit before the year is out.

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Last month, Paris held a session on polling data, prepping for an upcoming election. Datagif, a consulting agency, presented some ideas on recycling tools from American outlets for the French election. Alexandre Lechenet, one of the organizers, said they tried to focus on the real, rather than innovation for innovation’s sake.

“For each session, we advice the speaker to focus on something they did rather than something they plan to do. That gives us the opportunity to talk about concrete material.”

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Robots in Munich; mapping in Boulder

Happy July, hacks and hackers. Meetups tripled from last week to this, with chapters building robots, making maps and hacking hackathons from Portland to Patagonia. Los Angeles also rebooted last week, with the first of a two-parter workshop on Javascript and D3. Let’s check out their meetup and others coming up this week.

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Los Angeles partnered with Codesmith last week for a workshop on JavaScript. In September, they’ll follow up with a second session on D3.js. Organizer David Caswell said Codesmith was interested in teaching the events because they get to demonstrate their coding tutorials to journalists.

“This is an ideal partnership,” Caswell said. “Coding academies like Codesmith can take non-technical journalists to a remarkable level of technical ability in a very short time, with a hands-on practical teaching style that meshes very well with how journalists tend to work.

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Other upcoming events:

  • July 15 – Toronto, Canada – ONACamp Toronto
  • July 19 – Austin, Texas, USAFront Porch, a conference for web design and development
  • July 28-29 – Portland, Oregon, USASRC CON, a Mozilla conference for journalist coders
  • Aug 25-27 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires media party
  • Sept 15-17 – Denver, USA – ONA annual conference
  • Sept 17-20 – New Orleans, USA – SPJ Excellence in Journalism conference
  • Sept. 22 – New York, USA – NYC Media Lab Annual Summit, for executives, academics and startups to convene around future of media
    • (Hacks/Hackers community members can register with a 25% off discount code: HACKSHACKER)
  • Sept 23-24 – Toronto, Canada – Hacks/Hackers Connect Toronto
  • Sept 29-Oct 1 – Miami, USA – Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium

Hacks/Hackers global call coming up tomorrow!

Welcome to July, hacks and hackers! In the first half of 2016, H/H chapters held nearly 100 meetups in dozens of cities. We also held seven Connect events from San Francisco to London, with another coming up in Toronto in a couple months.

Tomorrow, we’re holding our monthly global call, so please join in!

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London held its June meetup last week, looking at polling data just before the Europe-shaking Brexit vote. The London meetups draw huge crowds of up to 200 people a month, so the organizers built a list of tasks ahead of time.

Organizer Joanna Geary shared the templates they use for assigning roles and tasks. “This means everyone knows what they have to do and stops too many last-minute panics!” she said.

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  • That surge of Britons “frantically Googling” the EU after Brexit turned out to be under than a thousand people (Medium)
  • The FAA finally announced its rules for drones, and Matt Waite explains what that means for drone journalists (Drone Journalism Lab)
  • Social networks are quietly beginning to ban extremist content using algorithms (Reuters)

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  • July 19 – Austin, Texas, USAFront Porch, a conference for web design and development
  • July 28-29 – Portland, Oregon, USASRC CON, a Mozilla conference for journalist coders
  • July 29-31 – Atlanta, USA – the first Women Who Code hackathon
  • Sept. 22: NYC Media Lab Annual Summit, for executives, academics and startups to convene around future of media

Hacks/Hackers off and running after IRE, tronc and Brexit news

This week, journalists chortled over tronc’s “deadly swarm of buzzwords,” watched the U.S. Congress livestream over Periscope and traded tips and tools after a record-setting IRE conference. Let’s see what hacks and hackers are getting up to next week.

But first, consider taking a minute to answer OpenNews’s survey on how they can help journalists and technologists better expand their networks and collaborate. Knight and Mozilla partner with a lot of Hacks/Hackers folks, and dedicate a lot of time and money to making these kinds of projects accessible to hacks and hackers across the world.

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Austin, Texas, held a session last week on UX design. Co-organizer Becca Aaronson said her own outlet, The Texas Tribune, shared its techniques but also invited others to share, as a way to get the group more engaged.

“We had a ‘bad idea’ party, and everyone shared the worst possible ideas to improve news websites. It included everything from endless pop-ups to sites that make your phone explode, literally. The bad idea party got people laughing, and open to do creative thinking. It was a fun way to bring the group together, and everyone could actively participate.”

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Upcoming events:

  • July 19 – Austin, Texas, USAFront Porch, a conference for web design and development
  • July 28-29 – Portland, Oregon, USASRC CON, a Mozilla conference for journalist coders
  • July 29-31 – Atlanta, USA – the first Women Who Code hackathon

Hacks/Hackers cover tragedies, humanitarian issues

Welcome to the weekend, hacks and hackers. The media world, and the rest of the world, was rocked by news of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. Poynter wrote an article on how the Orlando Sentinel, which has had two-thirds of its staff cut over the years, covered one of the most intense and devastating events in its history. The New York Times made an animated presentation of how its design and publication of the news changed as the story evolved.

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Conference season is firing along, with many journos and news hackers at the IRE conference in hot and humid New Orleans. (If you’re there, please say hi to our newsletter writer!)

The week ahead:

  • London is taking on the EU referendum debate with the head of political polling at YouGov
  • Miami is holding OpenHack Miami
  • IRE in mid-Missouri is holding its regular open lab

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Nairobi held a Hack4Humanity to coincide with the World Humanitarian Summit earlier this month. The 24-hour hackathon featured speakers from media, startups and government on how African media projects can intersect with the humanitarian community there.

“This will not be the last event of this kind as we continue working towards building and empowering a community of citizen data users in East Africa,” Moses Sitati wrote in a roundup.

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Other events coming up:

  • June 16-19 – New Orleans, USA – Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference
  • June 17-18 – Berlin, GermanyPopathon, a media hackathon
  • July 28-29 – Portland, Oregon, USASRC CON, a Mozilla conference for journalist coders
  • July 29-31 – Atlanta, USAWomen Who Code hackathon