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Hacks/Hackers June meetup: Breaking convention

Please note the venue for this meetup. We are once again on the move.

This month's meetup promises to be fantastic, focusing on two projects which have launched within the past month.

The first is UsVsTh3m, a new mobile-first site from Trinity Mirror. The second topic up for discussion is Firestorm, the Guardian's multimedia story published as Guardian Australia launched.

1. Creating a mobile-first site of 'topical funny stuff'

Martin Belam, UsVsTh3m

UsVsTh3m launched in May. It’s a site of 'topical funny stuff' designed to be read on a mobile phone.

The idea for the site came out of a one-day ideas workshop at Trinity Mirror (which publishes the Mirror newspaper) in April. The site was up and running five weeks later.

Martin, who is project lead on UsVsTh3m, will need little introduction to Hacks/Hackers regulars.

He has been working in digital product development, information architecture and user-experience design, for organisations like the Guardian, Sony, Vodafone and the BBC.

He writes about user experience, journalism and digital media at MartinBelam.com.


2. Telling the story of Firestorm

Jon Henley and Robin Beitra will take us through the creation of Firestorm, the Guardian's multimedia story on a bushfire in Tasmania.

Jon will talk us through the storytelling; Robin will be able to explain how it was built.

Jon was the writer on Firestorm. A senior Guardian feature writer and former foreign correspondent, he has reported for the paper from more than 20 countries and was for 10 years its chief Paris correspondent. His work has been shortlisted for several awards including Feature Writer of the Year (British Press Awards) and Best Digital Innovation (Foreign Press Association, for the Twitter-based series Greece on the Breadline telling the stories of ordinary people in Greece's economic crisis).

Robin is a software developer with a background in creating museum installations and online games. As part of the Guardian Interactive Team he now works on a wide range of multimedia projects for the website, and was a core member of the Firestorm team.

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Also an early heads up: Hacks/Hackers July Meetup will be on whistleblowing. Keep an eye out for further announcements.

Bring some cash as we have no drinks sponsor for this event. The Frontline Club has a bar.

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  • Pete

    Very informative and good to see plenty of journos in attendance. Martin B was entertaining and the Firestorm production represented by Lawrence and Robin was fascinating.

    June 26, 2013

  • Tom D.

    This evening provided a great set of talks, which were well-paced, informative, full of life and inspiring.

    June 26, 2013

  • Roy M.

    Hi, are your meetings free to attend?

    June 18, 2013

    • Cassie W.

      Hi Roy, yes they are free :)

      June 19, 2013

    • Roy M.

      Thanks for replying! I'll try to attend the next one. Sounds fun!

      June 25, 2013

  • claire c

    can't now come :-( hope someone can have my space.

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly I can no longer go so freeing up the spot. Will hopefully get to next month's meetup!

    June 25, 2013

  • Paula F.

    Sorry I won't be able to make it tonight!

    June 25, 2013

  • Rob M.

    Leopards.

    2 · June 18, 2013

    • Rob M.

      I can't remember why I wrote leopards here but it's got two likes which is more than anyone else's comment. Yay leopards.

      2 · June 25, 2013

  • Phil C.

    Can't make it I'm afraid.

    June 25, 2013

  • Antonio M.

    Who is not attending, can release the spot!Thanks!

    June 25, 2013

  • Sam M.

    appologies, I will not be able to make it. I have freed my spot

    June 24, 2013

  • Francois N.

    Co-founder and convenor of the Digital Editors Network.

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Craig S.

    I help organize Hacks/Hackers Montreal, so looking forward to checking out another chapter!

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Stefano G.

    Unfortunately I can't make it this time, looking forward to July event

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    thanks

    June 23, 2013

  • John O.

    Hey everybody,

    Firmstep, a leading independent software company based in Central London, is hosting a talent discovery evening on July 4th from 7pm at their Old Street offices, for developers interested in joining the team and delivering first class software solutions to their growing client base. Thanks to a period of growth and development, Firmstep is looking to meet with developers

    RSVP now - http://www.twitter.com/home?status=I+am+attending+http://firmstepnoagency.eventbrite.co.uk/?ref=estw

    Looking forward to seeing you there !

    Best john

    June 23, 2013

  • Vincent D.

    Always enjoy these meetups :)

    June 19, 2013

  • Pete

    Hacker & webguy who likes hacks.

    June 18, 2013

  • Glen

    I invent 3D printers.

    June 18, 2013

  • Ændrew R.

    Looks like a terrific line-up this month!

    June 18, 2013

  • Stefano G.

    I'm joining the discussion and will bring with me the preview of pageOne, our publishing platform for longform journalism

    June 18, 2013

    • Sarah M.

      Great! Look forward to hearing more

      June 18, 2013

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