Great News: The Hacks/Hackers London community has found its new home and considering the great feedback you gave us on the last event, we will now be hosting our meetups in Bloomberg’s European Headquarters in London. And this time, there will be free pizzas and drinks from the start! (Yes, really).
Important: To sign up for this event, you also need to fill this Google Form!
It's unfortunately the only way for us to get the details needed for the shiny guests badges we'll give you on your way in the venue. If you have a +1 (or more), you'll be asked to give their name too :) Thank you all!
This month we welcome three quite amazing speakers around the theme of innovation in story telling.
The road from newspaper journalist to start-up coder
Benji Lanyado, who previously worked for Guardian Travel, left last May to learn to code and develop his own ideas for the future of the news industry. Benji will talk about the frustrating gap between journalists and developers at legacy print businesses ("The Benji Problem", as it was described to him at the time), and the learning curve of moving from having digital ideas to building them.
Innovative ways to finding newsmakers in real time using Kred and the power of 150 billion tweets
Andrew Grill, CEO of Kred will talk about the incredible powers of this social analytics platform that measures people's response towards main news stories, among other things. Andrew will show us the many ways journalists and programmers can use this tool on a daily basis either to write stories or collect data on specific topics. He will also talk about their upcoming projects and how People Browsr evolved in the past year...
Andrew is an internationally renowned thought leader in the field of digital and social media networks, and is CEO of Kred, the largest influencer platform in the world. He is also passionate about explaining to large corporates how digital disruption will impact current thinking and strategy, with a focus on moving from social media to social business. Andrew presents at international conferences on a regular basis, and maintains a well-read blog at LondonCalling.co about digital and social media trends. He firmly believes that in order to “get digital you need to be digital”.
Digging into (Open) Data with the Open Knowledge Foundation
Rufus Pollock from the OKFN
Many of us know about the incredible work done by the Open Knowledge Foundation and as the International Open Data Day is taking place on Saturday 23 February, The OKFN team will give us some feedback about how it went. They will also talk about how the OKFN projects can be useful to journalists and programmers on a daily basis and how novices as well as experienced data wranglers can get involved in their community... We will also know more about their upcoming projects.
Rufus Pollock is Founder and co-Director of the Open Knowledge
Foundation and a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. The Open Knowledge
Foundation is non-profit working to empower through open knowledge and
is a global leader in its field with projects such as the School of
Data, OpenSpending / Where Does My Money Go, the Data Journalism
Handbook and CKAN. As Founder and Director Rufus has been working for
more than decade to open up information and build the tools and
communities to see that material used and useful.
New speaker added:
How website editors can leverage Smart data to increase readership
Neil Capel is the Founder and CEO of Sailthru, a technology company
specializing in digital brand experiences and communications. Sailthru’s
Smart Data solution automatically analyzes Big Data to generate informed,
personalized communication with consumers across all digital channels in
real time. So a brand connects with each individual exactly as it should,
increasing engagement and building meaningful, long-lasting relationships.
A successful track record of working on large-scale, high-demand web
systems led Neil to develop Sailthru's unique capabilities. Prior to
founding Sailthru, Neil was the Chief Technology Officer for MusicNation,
an AlleyCorp company, ASmallWorld, and MoneyMedia (acquired by the
Financial Times). Neil is an adviser to several startups, including
Refinery29.com and Zootoo.com.
Bloomberg's London office is on Finsbury Square, near Moorgate tube station. When you get downstairs, the reception will issue you a visitor badge and invite you to go up the escalator where people will guide you down to the auditorium. Don't forget to fill in the Google Form! If you don't, it will take you longer to get in and may cause some delay.
Beers and pizzas as well as other drinks will be provided throughout the evening. There will also be some great opportunities to network at the end of the presentations.
PLEASE ARRIVE IN ADVANCE as you’ll need to print your guest badge at the entrance.
See you next week!