Hello, Syracuse hackers! Seth Gitner is passing the management of Hacks & Hackers Syracuse to me. My name is Dan Pacheco and I'm the new Chair of Journalism Innovation at the S.I. Newhouse School. I'm new to the area, but have done a lot of hack/hacking over the years both in and out of journalism.
I'm looking for creative ways to bring civic-minded programmers together with our bright Newhouse journalism students to create new products and services that help inform people.
To that end, I would like to kick off with a first meeting to brainstorm and maybe even hack together ideas for the SU Student App Competition, which now has a Journalism and Civic Media category. You don't need to be an SU student to apply to this contest, but at least one member of your team must be an SU student, or a very recent graduate.
The entry deadline for this contest is November 9, but as long as you enter you have until November 28 to complete and launch your "app." If you're interested I would suggest submitting your entry now and coming to the meeting to share the idea and meet others who may be able to help you execute it.
Note that an app doesn't just mean a downloadable mobile app for iOS or Android. It can also be a web-based service that takes advantage of mobile features, or even a non-mobile "app" for a different type of device that has an open app framework.
We can also do other things at the meeting, most importantly get to know each other and share a) what our expertise is, and b) what our interest is in journalism.
I'm so new to the area that I have no idea where we should meet, but we can work that out. Suggestions are more than welcome!