In case you missed Patrick's earlier post, we've recently been invited to participate in a tutorial/hackathon that La Opinion/the LA Press Club and the National Assoc of Hispanic Journalists is sponsoring with assistance from Google (Fusion Table crew). They're theming it around immigration data (of which there is plenty) and they've already pulled together a good deal of data for us to play around with (here: http://hackathon2012.wikidot.com/#toc6). (If you have ideas, you can add them to their list of project possibilities).
They're hoping to split the 2-day event into a tutorial for newbies (mainly around using Fusion Tables), and hackathon for those who want to tool with the data (They've cobbled together a $1k cash prize to sweeten the deal). You can sign up for either or both. It's free.
More info below. One thing: PLEASE RSVP TO THEIR EVENTBRITE (http://hackathonla2012.eventbrite.com/), rather than on our Meetup invite. They tell me they want a head count for food and bev purposes.
Keep your eye on this spot. We'll have more -- and more regular -- HHLA meetups coming soon.
I’m writing to invite you to join us for the first Hackathon on Immigration, which will take place Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, 2012, in La Opinion’s office in Los Angeles, Ca.
The first day of this 2-day data summit, titled Datafest on Immigration, will consist of workshops for journalists intended to provide practical training on how to build basic core skills on “Data Mining and Mapping” using free online tools such as Google Fusion Tables.
During the second day, we will collaborate with scientists and programmers. Together we move forward to create the most innovative use of data during our fully implement Hackathon.
You have been invited to attend based on the distinguished work you’ve done in the past and/or your current interest in the field. Thanks to the support from The Institute of Justice and Journalism (IJJ), La Opinión, Sprint, The Los Angeles Press Club and The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) we are able to cover the training for a limited number of journalists who will be attending, of which you would be one.
All applications are due by Nov. 30th, 2012
Apply here for the training
We will cover the cost of training and food, but space is limited. Act quickly to take advantage of this opportunity.
For additional information visit our Website and Wiki Page
Looking forward to seeing you.
John S. Knight Journalism Fellow Alumni
Department of Communication