- Demystifying AI
To attend, RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/demystifying-ai-with-hackshackers-nyc-tickets-50332488829?aff=mu Everybody is talking about artificial intelligence, but not many people really know what it means. On Sept. 27, we’ll demystify AI and answer some pressing questions about the field by talking to people who use it in their daily work. Our event will feature Solon Barocas, Cornell University and Luis Daniel, Bloomberg in discussion with Meredith Broussard, author of the new book “Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World,” which explores the inner workings and outer limits of technology from a data journalist’s perspective. To attend: RSVP on Eventbrite ($10 + $1.94 processing fee, payable in advance) to Hacks/Hackers NYC.
- Join Our Digital Security Installfest
Meetup registration is open on Eventbrite until 5 p.m. April 4. You must RSVP in advance on Eventbrite to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/join-hackshackers-nyc-for-a-digital-security-installfest-tickets-44088732586
- Take a Deeper Look Into Local Data
Register on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/take-a-deeper-look-into-local-data-tickets-33296589997?aff=mu) (not Meetup) for our next event: Take a Deeper Look Into Local Data with hacker and mapper John Krauss and WNYC's Jenny Ye on April 4! http://bit.ly/2nE3ae7 The event is $10, payable in advance on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/take-a-deeper-look-into-local-data-tickets-33296589997?aff=mu). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7.
- Learn to Build Mobile News Alerts Without an App
Register via Eventbrite (through end of day Jan. 27) at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-build-web-notifications-workshop-tickets-31253752816?aff=mtup Do not register on Meetup. Do you want to send news alerts, but don’t have an app? Join Hacks/Hackers NYC on Saturday, Jan. 28, to learn in just one day how to quickly build a web application that can send notifications to Chrome mobile web users (sorry, no Safari compatibility yet!). The Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab and Google will walk you through creating a web notifications system and you’ll learn to push some notifications on your own. The workshop will be led by Alastair Coote (https://twitter.com/_alastair), Connor Jennings (https://twitter.com/mrdrjennings) and Bret McGowen (https://twitter.com/bretmcg). Alastair and Connor are developers for the Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab, and have launched many web notification projects for the mobile lab over the last year, for news events ranging from the Olympics to the US presidential primaries. Bret McGowen is a developer advocate at Google, focusing on Firebase implementation. You’ll get the most from this workshop if you are a news developer interested in using notifications to deliver content to a wider audience, are already working with web technologies and have some experience with mobile. Journalists, designers, UX designers new to code are also welcome, and will be paired with developers to collaborate on any day-of developments, hacks, etc. Registration is $25, payable in advance on Eventbrite (http://j.mp/2jKuPbc).
- Building Better News Notifications (Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab, Quartz, Mic)
Please register through Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-better-news-notifications-guardian-mobile-innovation-lab-quartz-mic-tickets-3373852283) here: http://bit.ly/2gFYD9Z Join journalists, developers and product managers from the Guardian US Mobile Innovation Lab, Quartz and Mic for our next Hacks/Hackers NYC meetup on how to build better news notifications. We'll be talking about ways that each publisher has taken a distinctly different approach to delivering news on the lock screen: including experimentation with tone, format, graphics, and interactivity with information — on apps and on web — to help drive news alert innovation beyond standard breaking news.
- Demo Day 8
RSVP now (http://www.meetup.com/hacks-hackers-nyc/events/233272604/) to save yourself a seat at Demo Day 8 ($10, payable in advance)* What is Demo Day? Presenters get 5 minutes to present a journalism-oriented project, and 5 minutes to answer questions from the audience. It's a fast-paced, fun evening, and we hope you'll be a part of it. The Demo Day 8 lightning talks will include: • The GuardianMobile Innovation Lab's approach to Web Notifications, by Alastair Coote, Connor Jennings, Sasha Koren, Sarah Schmalbach and Madeline Welsh • Carto's open source tool for finding the context needed to tell stories with your data, by Andy Eschbacher, Andrew Hill, John Krauss and Stuart Lynn • Bloom's geolocation platform (https://www.bloom.li/discovery/plugins/embed/bloom) for local news publishers, by Stephen Jefferson, Matthew Jefferson and C. Zawadi Morris • Klaxon, an open-source tool for monitoring newsworthy changes, by Tom Meagher, Andy Rossback and Ivar Vong • Ask, a form/gallery to collect, manage, and display user-generated contributions from The Coral Project (https://coralproject.net), by Greg Barber, Andrew Losowky, Jeff Nelson and the Coral Project team. • Rio 2016 Table Builder, or how The New York Times Interactive News desk took a new approach to getting Olympics data onto their site, by Scott Blumenthal, Sam Jacoby, Jeff Sisson and Michael Strickland. Refund policy: Cancel at least 24 hours before the event to receive a full refund. We cannot issue refunds after that. Schedule: 6:30 p.m.: Doors, dinner + socializing ~7:00 p.m.: Demos/lightning talks begin ~8:15 p.m.: Hiring announcements, networking and socializing A big thanks to Stack Overflow (http://stackoverflow.com/) for hosting Demo Day 8! Want to host a Hacks/Hackers NYC event? Email us at nyc[at]hackshackers[dot]com. Read more about our previous Demo Days: • Demo Day 7 (http://www.meetup.com/hacks-hackers-nyc/events/224032139/) • Demo Day 6 (http://www.meetup.com/hacks-hackers-nyc/events/168076672/) • Demo Day 5 (http://www.meetup.com/hacks-hackers-nyc/events/122016242/) • Demo Day 4 (http://www.meetup.com/hacks-hackers-nyc/events/56643802/?trax_also_in_algorithm2=original&eventId=56643802&traxDebug_also_in_algorithm2_picked=original&action=detail&traxDebug_also_in_algorithm2_cookied=original) • Demo Day 3 (http://hackshackers.com/blog/2011/10/15/hackshackers-demo-day-3-recap/) • Demo Day 2 (http://hackshackers.com/blog/2011/04/07/maps-mobile-security-touch-free-browsing-and-more-at-hackshackers-nyc-demo-day-2/) • Demo Day 1 (http://hackshackers.com/blog/2010/12/08/recap-of-hackshackers-nyc-demo-day/)
- Simulation Games in News with FiveThirtyEight & The Guardian US
Join journalists from FiveThirtyEight and The Guardian US for our next Hacks/Hackers NYC meetup on simulation games in news. We'll be talking about why and how they decided to use interactive algorithmic simulations to explain how statistical risk assessment affects parole and prison sentencing decisions, and different scenarios for measles vaccination. Schedule: 6:30 p.m.: Doors, dinner + socializing 7 p.m.: A look at: • "Should Prison Sentences Be Based On Crimes That Haven’t Been Committed Yet? (http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/prison-reform-risk-assessment/)" with Reuben Fischer-Baum & Matthew Conlen, FiveThirtyEight* • "Watch how the measles outbreak spreads when kids get vaccinated – and when they don't (http://www.theguardian.com/society/ng-interactive/2015/feb/05/-sp-watch-how-measles-outbreak-spreads-when-kids-get-vaccinated)" with Rich Harris & Nadja Popovich, The Guardian US** ~8:00 p.m.: Hiring announcements, networking and socializing To attend the July 19 Hacks/Hackers NYC meetup on "Simulation Games in News (http://www.meetup.com/hacks-hackers-nyc/events/231786690)" RSVP today ($10, payable in advance) to Hacks/Hackers NYC. Refund policy: Cancel at least 24 hours before the event (that is, no later than 6:30 p.m. July 18) to receive a full refund. We cannot issue refunds after July 18. A big thanks to Paperless Post (https://www.paperlesspost.com/) for hosting us this month! ========== * "Should Prison Sentences Be Based On Crimes That Haven’t Been Committed Yet?" was a collaboration between FiveThirtyEight and The Marshall Project on the use of statistical risk assessments in parole decisions, bail hearings and — as of recently — sentencing. The piece contained two interactive components, including a simulator that walked readers through a risk assessment scenario. Users set thresholds to classify prisoners as “low”, “medium”, and “high” risk to commit another crime, and then watched as prisoners were assigned to their groups and either released on parole or held in prison accordingly. The goal of this simulation was to show readers that all risk assessment systems — either statistical or based solely on judge/parole board decisions — are a balancing act that involve a great deal of uncertainty. If too many are sent to the "high risk" group, then the prison becomes overcrowded with people who should have been released. If too many are sent to the “low risk” group, then recidivism rates increase. Whatever thresholds users felt were most correct were based on their own judgements of what a successful criminal justice system should accomplish. ** "Watch how the measles outbreak spreads when kids get vaccinated – and when they don't" was a response to the conversation surrounding last year's Disneyland measles outbreak At the time, plenty of stories were going around arguing why low vaccination rates in certain communities were harmful and insisting that parents should vaccinate their kids. The goal of the simulation was to explain an often talked about but poorly understood concept: how 'herd immunity' protects the entire community, but only if a certain vaccination threshold is reached. The project visualizes the outcome of ten simulated scenarios with hypothetical – and real-world – vaccination rates, ranging from almost none to almost 100% coverage. It communicated the science in a playful, easy-to-grasp way that resonated with readers: Nathan Yau, in his '10 Best Data Visualization Projects of 2015' roundup, said "The parent in me wants to make this whole list this one interactive".
- Translation, Transcription & Working with Multiple Languages
Join stenographers, translators and technologists at 6:30 p.m. on March 29 for a discussion about creating stories and news applications in multiple languages. Panelists include Millie Tran (http://www.buzzfeed.com/millietran) (Director of Global Adaptation, Buzzfeed), Sisi Wei (https://www.propublica.org/site/author/sisi_wei) (investigative reporter and developer, ProPublica) and stenographer Mirabai Knight (http://stenoknight.com/). Schedule: 6:30 p.m.: Doors, dinner + socializing 7 p.m.: Panel discussion with Mirabai Knight, Millie Tran and Sisi Wei ~8:00 p.m.: Hiring announcements, networking and socializing To attend the March 29 Hacks/Hackers NYC meetup on "Translation, Transcription & Reaching the Public," RSVP today ($10, payable in advance) to Hacks/Hackers NYC. Refund policy: Cancel at least 24 hours before the event (that is, no later than 6:30 p.m. March 28) to receive a full refund. We cannot issue refunds after March 28. A big thanks to Postlight (http://www.postlight.com/) for hosting us this month! Postlight is a new company with deep roots in New York City. Our founders, Rich Ziade and Paul Ford, have worked together for years. We have an extraordinary team of people who love to create software, many of whom have also worked together for years. Comprised of product strategists, designers, and engineers, we are committed to building and shipping great technology products. Tell us where you need to be and we'll get you there fast.
- Social Media as a Source: A Case Study of Patient Harm
Long before they published a single story, ProPublica reporters Marshall Allen (https://twitter.com/marshall_allen) and Olga Pierce (https://twitter.com/olgapierce) as well as ProPublica's social team were using social media to build a thriving online community around a complex, emotional and multifaceted issue: patient harm (https://www.propublica.org/series/patient-safety). Their Patient Harm Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/patientharm/?notif_t=group_r2j) alone is up to 3,400 members with dozens of posts and comments each day. Combined with a number of other crowdsourced efforts including questionnaires and Q&A’s, the group has generated hundreds of tips and provided a concrete example of what and how to use social media to source journalism instead of just promote it. Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 to hear exactly how they did it. Schedule: 6:30 p.m.: Doors, dinner + socializing 7 p.m.: Presentation by Marshall Allen, Olga Pierce and Terry Parris Jr. of ProPublica. ~8:00 p.m.: Hiring announcements, networking and socializing To attend the Jan. 27 Hacks/Hackers NYC meetup on "Social Media as a Source: A Case Study of Patient Harm (http://www.meetup.com/hacks-hackers-nyc/events/228290831/)" RSVP today ($10, payable in advance) to Hacks/Hackers NYC. Refund policy: Cancel at least 24 hours before the event (that is, no later than 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26) to receive a full refund. We cannot issue refunds after Jan. 26. A big thanks to Workville (https://www.facebook.com/WorkVilleNYC/) for hosting us this month! Workville is a new coworking venue (http://workville.co) in New York City. They're offering 50% off the 1st month with a 3 month membership or 1st month free with 6 month membership. For further details, visit them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WorkVilleNYC/) or LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/10394772). You can also email [masked] and mention Hacks/Hackers NYC for the discount.