The planets aligned! The Media Party is coming Aug. 30-Sept. 1! Three days of keynotes, workshops and a giant hackathon in Buenos Aires. It’s an event bound to make history. Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires invites journalists, publishers, software developers, designers and entrepreneurs to three days of keynotes, workshops, and a super hackathon to work towards building the future of media.
Star participants of the event include Alastair Dant, Mariana Santos, Alex Graul and Nicola Hughes (The Guardian); Tyson Evans, deputy director of interactive news at The New York Times; Knight Fellow Justin Arenstein, media strategist, Google consultant and ICFJ data fellow; and Dan Sinker, program director of Knight Mozilla OpenNews. Additional guests include Al Shaw (ProPublica), Thomas Levine (ScraperWiki), Jonathan Stray (Overview), Karen Reilly (Tor), James Burns (Zeega) and David Kobia (Ushahidi) along with representatives from dozens of local projects.
Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires just surpassed 960 members, and 300 people are expected per day at the Media Party, which will conclude in a large hackathon, which means hours of collaborative work between programmers and journalists. Confirmed attendees include the Knight fellows Gustavo Faleiros from Brazil, Sandra Crucianelli from Argentina, Ronnie Lovler from Colombia and Miguel Paz of Poderopedia in Chile, plus dozens of local enterprises.
Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires is the largest community of Hacks/Hackers in South America and the fifth in the world after New York, San Francisco, London and Boston. Since April 2011, we’ve held 13 events, including presentations hackathons and meetings, and have encouraged dozens of projects and undertakings related to communication and technology. It’s time to come and meet us.
The first two days of workshops will be offered to all international guests, together with local specialists in data journalism, visualization and data mining, like Pablo Mancini of Infobae, Mariana Trigo and Juan Diego López from La Nación, Mariano Blejman of Página/12 and Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires, and Claudio Ruiz of ONG Derechos Digitales. In total, there will be close to 25 workshops. We expect editors, journalists, entrepreneurs, programmers and designers from all over Latin America, including Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Guatemala, Perú and more.
During the Sept. 1 hackathon we will concentrate all the ideas produced in the workshops into one platform we call HackDash, created by HHBA. The projects developed during the event will be considered for the Knight Prototype Fund, which finances projects up to $50,000. To learn more about our upcoming events, sign up at http://meetupba.hackshackers.com
The meeting will be coincident with the departure of LibreBus ConoSur, a project funded by AECID, coordinated by ONG Derechos Digitales, organized by Via Libre in Argentina, Artica in Uruguay and TEDIC in Paraguay, with the support from Creative Commons and Mozilla, which will start a tour through four Latin American countries, beginning in Buenos Aires.
Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires organizing team includes Mariano Blejman, Martín Sarsale, César Miquel, Guillermo Movia, Mariana Berruezo, Andrés Snitcofsky, Sergio Sorín, Ezequiel Clerici and many others.