Hacks/Hackers July meetup

  • July 24, 2013 · 6:30 PM
  • LBi

We are once again on the move. The wonderful people at digital agency LBi have kindly invited us to use their space on Brick Lane.

Drinks are provided. They are being sponsored by Memfy, a platform for storying and sharing personal memories.

All are welcome to attend. We ask that you sign up so that we know to expect you and get an idea of numbers.

We gather at 6.30pm with talks starting at 7pm.

1. Security and sources: Living in the real world

James Ball, data editor, the Guardian

Protecting sources is one of journalism's central tenets. In a world with sweeping legal powers and global surveillance, it's also one that's only getting harder.

How do you know which risks are real and which aren't? How secure is secure enough? Is there such a thing as taking too many precautions (spoiler: often, there is)?

This talk offers a take on navigating 21st century secure comms, real-world security, and the hazards of the know-nothing know-it-alls that plague the security field.

Note that James will be appearing via video link.

2. Drone journalism: Learning to fly

Tom Hannen and Owain Rich, BBC Global Video

Tom Hannen and Owain Rich work in the BBC's Global Video Unit as part of the Innovation Team. Tom and Owain are currently learning how to build, fly and film with small unmanned multi-rotor helicopters.

They'll talk about why they decided to do the project, what the issues are around getting something like this up and running inside a news organisation, UK aviation rules, and a bit about how the copters work, with a couple of video examples.

3. State: Gathering opinion on drones and Prism

Alexander Asseily and Jiten Bhagat, State

Alexander Asseily, chairman and co-founder of State, will talk about the global opinion network – and mention why Prism and drone journalism are topics that have sparked much conversation on the platform.

Jiten Bhagat, who is lead platform developer, will explain a bit about the build and will be on hand to answer questions.

Lightning talks

Marcus Mustafa, head of UX at LBi

Libby Powell, OnOurRadar


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  • Liz H.

    Hi! This was my first HacksHackers and I really enjoyed it. I'm researching collaboration between journalists and developers and wondered if any attendees would like to comment on what they get out of HacksHackers meet-ups. Thanks

    July 25, 2013

  • David M.

    Great meetup as usual!

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • Tom H.

    James Ball's talk was excellent

    1 · July 24, 2013

    • Joanna G.

      As was yours! Thank you. :)

      1 · July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    146 Brick Ln, London E1 6RU

    1 · July 24, 2013

  • Matt A.

    A shameless plug here: the Guardian is currently hiring for a bunch of digital roles (developers of all types, UX architects, testers and more) -- come and find me tonight (blue denim shirt and a beard... of course) and I'd be happy to tell you more if you're interested.

    July 24, 2013

    • Nico

      Clojure developers? :)

      July 24, 2013

  • John A.

    Please someone could send me the full address, thanks

    July 24, 2013

  • Gillian Y.

    With all the focus these days on 'big data' and interconnectivity across different data sets in governmental and market contexts I would be interested in how the speakers on security, drones etc at the July meet up consider we should start to think about the nature of data in relation to other everyday aspects of our lives and identities.

    July 24, 2013

  • Francesca A.

    Sounds great! I use pgp/gpg but hard to get others to use. I have 2 PC's. 1 = msoft windoze vieo editng progs offline
    2nd PC online Linux. I use Tor for browsing. Is this the best security solution? Avice welcomed.

    July 23, 2013

  • atlas

    This time I won't miss it :)

    July 23, 2013

  • Sue L.

    Sounds great and sorry I can't join you. Have a great evening.

    July 23, 2013

  • Neill G.

    I'm ex-enterprise business development turned startup chap. Founder / Director of creative innovation agency @Atrovate & Organisor of http://www.meetup.com/Open-Exchange-London/

    July 23, 2013

  • Stella

    bad leg, sorry

    July 23, 2013

  • Nico

    I work in Twickenham hence I will never be able to be there by 6.30pm. Is that a problem? What am I gonna miss? :(

    July 22, 2013

    • Sarah M.

      We gather at 6.30ish with talks starting at 7pmish. We usually have a talk 7pm-7.30pm, then a couple of lightning talks, a break, and then the final talk at 8pm-8.30pm. It's fairly informal so do turn up any time.

      1 · July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does one have to be a hacker to come to these meetings or is it enough to b a wannabe?!

    July 17, 2013

    • Sarah M.

      Not at all. It's put together with hacks and hackers in mind but anyone with an interest in either is welcome

      July 22, 2013

  • James W.

    My wife will be coming along, she's also a technology fan..

    July 18, 2013

  • Marian

    This mystery should be interesting :) In the mean time, the best Growth Hackers are coming together today: TEDx speaker, 2 Growth Hacking experts & a Silicon Valley startup: http://meetu.ps/1NnZkH

    July 18, 2013

  • Pete

    anticipating something intriguing...

    July 17, 2013

  • Rhian L.

    My first Hacks/Hackers and it's a few feet away from my desk... awesome!

    July 17, 2013

  • Charles K.

    I'm a consultant promoting digital free press, and working with startup news outlets and journalists in emerging democracies.

    July 17, 2013

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