If you came to our Hacks/Hackers Seattle Kickoff in November, you definitely want to check out Demo 2011, where you'll see and hear about some of the cool stuff Seattle’s tech and media companies are creating. Expect a series of rapid-fire presentations and Q&As.
If you’ve never been to Hacks/Hackers event and you are a hack (journalist) or a hacker (engineer), come join us at our mindmeld.
We’ll be serving up snacks, beer and wine. The event is free, but space is limited and our first event sold out, so RSVP today!
Want to show off your journalism-related product or service? We're taking applications to demo at the event through March 10. Apply here if you’ve got something hot to share with Seattle’s hacks and hackers.
Demo 2011 presenters
Tableau Software, Ellie Fields "A New Way of Visualizing Data Online: Tableau Public," a free software product that journalists and bloggers can use to create and publish interactive data visualizations. Fields will look at Washington State Census data and use Tableau’s built-in geocoding to map it, put it in a dashboard and publish the visualization online. All in less than 5 minutes flat, no programming needed.
Intersect, Monica Guzman "Curation in Real Time and Beyond," a demo of Intersect, a social platform where people connect through experiences they chart in time and place. Learn how how journalists can tap into the platform's context-adding features to curate rich stories from the experiences of a community--past and present.
Journalism That Matters, Brian Glanz "Building An Online Unconference For Journalism," an open source publishing network with a social layer. The Seattle Times, Heidi de Laubenfels "Niche Sports Apps for iPhone," a look at development options, business models and user behavior lessons for The Times' pay-to-use Husky football app.
Microsoft FUSE labs, Sameer Halai "myMontage.com," a flexible web-based service that makes it fun and easy to create and share a visual album of the web on the topics you care about. You can design your Montage around any topic you can imagine by adding content that pulls information from a variety of sources, including RSS feeds, Twitter, Bing News, and YouTube.
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The worlds of hackers and journalists are coming together as reporting goes digital and Internet companies become media empires.
Journalists call themselves "hacks," someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code. Hacker-journalists try and bridge the two worlds.
This group is to bring all these people together -- those who are working to help people make sense of their world. It's for hackers exploring technologies to filter and visualize information, and for journalists who use technology to find and tell stories. In the age of information overload, all their work has become even more crucial.
This group aims to help members find inspiration and think in new directions, bringing together potential collaborators for projects and new ventures.