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Hacks/Hackers Seattle Brainstorm 2011

Thursday, May 19 Beer and Pizza at 7 p.m. News and Innovation Demos at 7:30 p.m. Napkin Sketchathon at 8 p.m. RSVP at Mozilla, the founders of Firefox, have teamed up with the Knight Foundation to help solve a big challenge: reinventing the way we get news. Hacks/Hackers Seattle invites technologists and journalists to a night of free pizza, beer and brainstorming, as we submit proposals for the Knight-Mozilla News Challenge. Nationwide, 15 winners of the challenge will be selected for a paid fellowship with a global news organization such as The BBC, Al-Jazeera or The Boston Globe. We are especially looking for hackers and tech-savvy journalists (though civic-minded programmers, bloggers, designers, makers, innovators, and creators of all stripes are welcome!) to brainstorm projects in three areas: •Improving user engagement •Building in HTML5 •New uses for video Mozilla's News Technology Program Manager will be on site to answer questions, so bring your laptop, grab a beer and let's get thinking about the future of news. Space is very limited, please RSVP. Location TBA. Learn more about The Knight-Mozilla News Challenge: Follow Hacks/Hackers Seattle on Twitter @hackshackersea or join our Meetup page. Brainstorm 2011 Program 7 p.m. Eat, drink and connect with your co-conspirators Brainstorm around Mozilla's first news challenge topic: 'How can we use open video to tell stories on the web in new ways?' 7:30 p.m. - News innovation talks and demos Your host, Hacks/Hackers Seattle Chapter will talk about the Knight Mozilla News Innovation Challenge. Guest Speaker Nathaniel James will demo an open video tool and present about common obstacles facing journalists using video. 8 p.m. - Napkin sketchathaon (plus more beer) Sketch out your brainstorm ideas. Enter them in the Knight Mozilla News Innovation Challenge on the spot. We'll have paper and markers on hand. Location: Groundwire in downtown Seattle

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