The global open calls are a monthly conference call for Hacks/Hackers organizers and members to share details of current and upcoming events in the community, and to discuss the future of the Hacks/Hackers network.
We hold these calls on the first Wednesday of every month. You can subscribe to the Google Calendar or find the dates below.
Call link: UberConference Call number: +1 (650) 250-4579 Call notes: Google Doc Follow the newsletter and Google group for more updates.
As Hacks/Hackers chapters have gotten more experience running hackathons — eight and counting — we have compiled some of our experience into advice.
Decisions, Decisions! Pick a theme. Mobile, New York City, geolocation? The more narrow a theme, the smaller a crowd you will likely attract. But you might be okay with that, because they will be focused. One-day or two-day hackathon? One day seems less intimidating and takes less resources, but you can get less done and the projects by their nature are more modest.
Thanks to the Mozilla Foundation and its efforts to fight misinformation on the web, Hacks/Hackers is offering small grants for local chapters to hold events related to misinformation.
We will be distributing the grants as long as the funds are available, and we ask that you write a roundup of your event for the website. If you’re interested, fill out the application form below or email us with questions.
Do you want to make your own logo, or download the H/H global images? Download the logo templates here.
MisinfoCon is a global movement focused on building solutions to online trust, verification, fact checking, and reader experience in the interest of addressing misinformation in all of its forms.
Summits It started as a large gathering at MIT in February 2017. That gathering brought together ambassadors from technology platforms, news organizations, as well as experts in social science, media literacy, policy, advocacy, cybersecurity and more. It was a summit, and also a “Creative Studio.
So you want to start a Hacks/Hackers chapter in your town? Welcome! To start a group under the Hacks/Hackers banner, we just have a few rules:
Your primary goal must be to foster connections journalists (the “hacks”) and technologists (the “hackers”) to rethink the future of news and information. You can read more about Hacks/Hackers’ goals here. You must abide by the Hacks/Hackers Charter on respect, responsibility and collaboration. There can only be one group per city.
Looking for some inspiration? Here are the most common meetups among Hacks/Hackers groups all over the world:
Talk or Demo
The most common meetup is one of the simplest: a single speaker walks the audience through a project, a concept or trend. It usually includes a Q&A and a demo or presentation. You’re going to want to find a bar or startup office with a screen projector and access to libations.
If you found your way to this page, that means you’re interested in starting a new chapter or wanting to get more involved. Great! Here you can find a list of resources as well as some crowdsourced tips for organizers.
If you’re rebooting a chapter or starting a new one…
Read the Rules (and suggestions) for New Chapters Ask questions on the Google Group for organizers Consider holding a Connect event Start with events every other month, rather than every month (“Do less better”) Hold a meeting or retreat just for organizers, to plan a meeting for all members.