• Hacks/Hackers Colorado & ONA Rocky Mountains #ONA16 Meetup

    Join Hacks/Hackers Colorado as we welcome the Online News Association 2016 conference to Denver! We're partnering with ONA Rocky Mountains (http://www.meetup.com/ONA-Rocky-Mountains) to host the afterparty to the official #ONA16 (http://ona16.journalists.org) Opening Night Reception on September 15. From 8pm, you can find us in the lounge at the historic Denver Press Club (http://www.denverpressclub.org), the oldest press club in America, just a three-minute walk from (ONA venue) the Hyatt Regency Denver. What's more, the drinks are on Name.com (https://www.name.com/) – for some of the night at least! And on September 16, Name.com and the Open Media Foundation are hosting a hackathon to help sustain journalism. Learn more at hackthe.news (https://www.name.com/hackthedot/hackthenews). The Press Club is also offering us a deal on drinks, with beer, wine and mojitos for $5, and a hot Mexican buffet will be available for $12 per person. Anyone attending the ONA conference is welcome to come along, but please RSVP here on Meetup so we have a head-count. Hope to see you there! – Abigail (https://twitter.com/abigailedge), Dan (https://twitter.com/danielpetty), Paul (https://twitter.com/saxumaphone), and Nick (https://twitter.com/nickdigital) • If you would like to sponsor drinks at this event, please contact abigail [at] abigailedge [dot] com Follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/hackshackersco) | Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HacksHackersCO) ABOUT OUR SPONSOR Name.com is known for domain names, web hosting, and super-easy websites. Unicorns and rainbows come standard with their customer support.

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  • Hacks/Hackers CO free workshop at Google Boulder

    Google Boulder

    Join us for a free mapping workshop at Google Boulder on Friday July 15. The voting has closed and Hacks/Hackers members have decided our next workshop will be all about interactive maps! We'll start with an introduction to Google's mapping tools and how you can use them to tell stories in visual and compelling ways, together with examples of how newsrooms are already using these tools. The second half of the workshop will be much more hands on. You'll learn how to get started with My Maps, a tool that lets you create custom interactive maps to share and publish online—no programming required. This workshop is suitable for all abilities. Please bring a laptop and create a Google account beforehand if you don't have one already. The training will last around 90 minutes, after which we'll head over to Backcountry Pizza & Tap House (http://www.backcountrypizzaandtaphouse.com) for happy hour. We look forward to seeing you there! – Abigail and Nick Follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/hackshackersco) | Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/hackshackersco) • If you would like to sponsor Happy Hour drinks at this meetup, contact abigail [at] abigailedge [dot] com for more details and a virtual high-five.

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  • Hacks/Hackers CO & JAWS: Building social media relationships

    For this meetup, we've teamed up with Journalism & Women Symposium (http://www.jaws.org/) (JAWS) for an event on social media. Whether your platform of choice is Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or something else, how can you get the balance right between professional and personality? Is it ever ok to let it "all hang out" on social media? And how can you keep from disappearing down the social rabbit hole when you have so many other responsibilities, i.e. work, to attend to? This panel discussion at Syntax Physic Opera (http://physicopera.com/) on 554 South Broadway, Denver, aims to answer all of those questions, plus a few more, followed by a short social media mixer. SPEAKERS Bree Davis, @cocodavies (https://twitter.com/CocoDavies) Bree is a writer, reporter, and co-host of Welcome to Rock Island, a podcast focused on the art and industry of music. She contributes regularly to Westword and has written for the AV Club, xoJane, Alternative Press, and others about music, art, feminism, DIY culture, and social justice issues. Ru Johnson, @theperfectru (https://twitter.com/@theperfectRu) Ru is a writer and creative consultant living in Denver. She is the lead executioner and founder at Roux Black consulting, a creative idea firm. She is a nail polish enthusiast, social media maven, and lover of all things music and entertainment related. Abigail Edge, @abigailedge (https://twitter.com/abigailedge) Abigail is a British freelance journalist who moved to Denver in March 2015. Before leaving the UK she was technology editor at Journalism.co.uk, and spent five years as a digital journalist and editor in regional news. She also runs the Colorado chapter of Hacks/Hackers. Moderator: Megan Arellano, @classydanger (https://twitter.com/classydanger) Megan is a data-driven reporter for a new Denver news start-up (the name is under wraps... for now). Previously, she worked at Colorado Public Radio as a digital producer building the site's multimedia and social footprint. Hope to see you there! – Abigail and Megan • If you would like to sponsor drinks at this event, please contact hackshackersco [at] gmail.com. ABOUT JAWS The Journalism and Women Symposium supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism. For more info, visit jaws.org (http://www.jaws.org/). BDA DISCOUNT FOR MEMBERS Once again, Boulder Digital Arts (https://www.boulderdigitalarts.com/) is offering our members 15 per cent off all classes, workshops and online videos, as well as its optional membership program. If you're a member of this group and have not yet received your 15 per cent BDA discount code, please contact us ([masked]). SYNTAX PHYSIC OPERA "A multisensory music venue, eatery and art bar" – The Denver Post (http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_26116694/syntax-physic-opera-looking-make-statement-denver-bar) Happy Hour (http://physicopera.com/menu.html) at Syntax runs until 7pm. WANT TO HELP? Have an idea for future Hacks/Hackers CO topics, speakers, and events? We're always looking for cool suggestions, as well as places to hold meetups. Let us know ([masked]) if you have thoughts about topics or if you want to host!

  • Hacks/Hackers CO #NICAR16 Meetup sponsored by Tableau and Knight Lab

    Join Hacks/Hackers Colorado as we welcome the Investigative Reporters and Editors' NICAR conference (http://www.ire.org/conferences/nicar2016/) to Denver! NICAR will be hosted at the Denver Marriott City Centre from March 10 - 13. We’ll be celebrating at Falling Rock Tap House (http://fallingrocktaphouse.com), an awesome brewery with more than 75 beers on tap, located in MTV's Real World (http://www.mtv.com/shows/real-world-denver) house circa 2006. Drinks for this event will be generously provided by Tableau (http://www.tableau.com/) and Northwestern University Knight Lab (http://knightlab.northwestern.edu). The reservation is under Hacks/Hackers Colorado and you'll find us congregating in the games room downstairs. There's no speakers, no formality, and no dress code for this event – just straight-up good beer (and burgers). Plus, you don't have to be attending the conference to come. But do RSVP here on Meetup so we have a head-count. Hope to see you there! – Abigail, Trevor, and Jamie (Hacks/Hackers Colorado) "Falling Rock Tap House could be the best beer joint not just in Denver, but in the entire beer-drinking world." Denver Westword (http://www.westword.com/location/falling-rock-tap-house-5164523) "Top ale house in the US!" Celebrator Beer News

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  • Hacks/HackersCO December Meetup

    Syntax Physic Opera

    Join us for the last Hacks/HackersCO of 2015! Our next event will be hosted by Syntax Physic Opera (http://physicopera.com/) on 554 South Broadway, Denver. Doors open at 5:30pm for a 6pm start. You can also swap your business card for a free drink on the night, kindly sponsored by Shorthand (http://shorthand.com/pro), the multimedia storytelling tool. SPEAKERS 1) Leo Kacenjar, @OMFoundation (https://twitter.com/OMFoundation), Open Media Foundation Leo is a web developer at the Denver-based Open Media Foundation (http://openmediafoundation.org). Earlier this year, he received $35,000 from the Knight Foundation Prototype Fund to build She Said, He Said (http://www.shesaidhesaidproject.org/) (SSHS), a tool for searching videos of public meetings for moments when a specific government official is speaking. Leo will talk about the development process for SSHS, in addition to how it can be used by journalists. 2) Mike Hawkins, @HawkinsMike (https://twitter.com/hawkinsmike), Riddle Mike is the co-founder of Riddle (http://www.riddle.com/welcome), an app for creating quizzes and opinion polls. Mike will talk about how journalists and publishers are using Riddle, and similar interactive tools, to boost the engagement and social virality of their stories. 3) Trevor Hughes, @TrevorHughes (https://twitter.com/TrevorHughes), USA Today Trevor is a reporter for USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/), covering the Rocky Mountain West. He reported from the scene of the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs on November 27, providing live updates from the incident via Twitter. Trevor will talk about how he covered the CO Springs shooting amid the wealth of conflicting information which was emerging on social media. He will discuss best practice for journalists covering active shootings, and the verification and ethical issues to consider. Hope to see you there! – Abigail ABOUT OUR SPONSOR: SHORTHAND Shorthand (http://shorthand.com/pro/) is an award-winning platform that allows anyone to create interactive and immersive visual stories that are fully-responsive, with no coding required. Its clients include some of the world's top publishers: the BBC, the Guardian, ESPN, and Cox Media Group. Recent examples include this BBC story on The Mochileros (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-07eeeebb-d450-4e4b-98d4-755369be7855) – young backpackers risking their lives to transport cocaine through the high Andes – as well as many other you can view on Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/shorthandapp). BDA DISCOUNT FOR MEMBERS Once again, Boulder Digital Arts (https://www.boulderdigitalarts.com/) is offering our members 15 per cent off all classes, workshops and online videos, as well as its optional membership program. If you're a member of this group and have not yet received your 15 per cent BDA discount code, please contact us ([masked]). SYNTX PHYSIC OPERA Syntax Physic Opera... is Bitz's dream of a "multisensory music venue, eartery and art bar" – The Denver Post (http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_26116694/syntax-physic-opera-looking-make-statement-denver-bar) Happy Hour (http://physicopera.com/menu.html) at Syntax runs until 7pm. WANT TO HELP? Have an idea for future Hacks/Hackers CO topics, speakers and events? We're always looking for cool suggestions, as well as places to hold meetups. Let us know ([masked]) if you have thoughts about topics or if you want to host!

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  • Hacks/HackersCO June Meetup

    Syntax Physic Opera

    It's been a while since our last meetup, but Hacks/Hackers Colorado is back! Our next event will be hosted by Syntax Physic Opera (http://physicopera.com) on 554 South Broadway, Denver. Doors open at 6pm for a 6:30pm start. Thanks to Boulder Digital Arts (https://www.boulderdigitalarts.com/) for offering a free class or workshop to one lucky member (details below), and also to ONA Rocky Mountains (http://www.meetup.com/ONA-Rocky-Mountains) for teaming up with us for this event. Speakers 1) Lauren Gustus, @laurengustus (https://twitter.com/laurengustus), Fort Collins Coloradoan Lauren is executive editor at The Coloradoan, a Gannet-owned outlet which takes a platform-specific approach to breaking news. She will talk about how her award-winning team is embracing new technology within the newsroom, including using analytics to inform stories, and how other journalists can incorporate metrics into their work. 2) Robert Hernandez, @webjournalist (https://twitter.com/webjournalist), USC Annenberg School Robert is an associate professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles. He is an ONA board member, a co-organizer of Hacks/Hackers LA and the co-founder of #wjchat (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23wjchat&src=typd), a weekly Twitter chat for journalists. Robert will explain why news organizations should be experimenting with virtual reality storytelling – and he's also bringing a Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard which you'll have a chance to try out. 3) Steve Outing, @steveouting (https://twitter.com/steveouting) Since leaving CU, where he founded the Digital News Test Kitchen, Steve is now working with the Knight Foundation on its Community Foundations Programe (http://www.knightfoundation.org/funding-initiatives/community-foundations-program). He will talk about how the programe is challenging local community foundations to step up and support the growth of alternative local news initiatives. The program represents new opportunities for journalists, technologists and developers to apply their skills and innovations to new kinds of (usually non-profit) local news providers. Lightning pitches Ian Golden, Denver Jekyll (http://www.meetup.com/Jekyll-rb) Other info To celebrate our relaunch, we have one class or workshop at Boulder Digital Arts (https://www.boulderdigitalarts.com/) to give away to an attendee of our June meetup. The winner will be picked at random and announced on June 30. BDA is also offering all of our members 15 per cent off all classes, workshops and online videos, as well as its optional membership program. More details below. Happy Hour at Syntax runs until 7pm and includes $1 off small plates and $2 off paninis (check out the delicious menu (http://physicopera.com/menu.html)). Bring your Denver Passport (http://denverpassport.com) to get 2-for-1 drinks too. If anyone wants to stick around after Hacks/Hackers, the venue is also hosting a Songwriters' Open Mic Night beginning at 8.30pm. Looking forward to seeing you on the 30th! – Abigail and Dusty (Hacks/Hackers Colorado) About our sponsor: Boulder Digital Arts Boulder Digital Arts has been providing professional and affordable classes and workshops to digital professionals for over 11 years. Topics include UI/UX, web design, digital marketing, video production, business marketing and more. In addition, BDA also provides below-market rate video/photo production studios, free social and networking events, and an optional membership program that offers extensive discounts. See boulderdigitalarts.com (http://www.boulderdigitalarts.com) for a full schedule of events. If you're a member of this group and have not yet received your 15 per cent BDA discount code, please contact us (http://www.meetup.com/messages/?new_convo=true).

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  • Demo: Floodlight and Colorado Data Engine

    Get a sneak peek before the public launch of two Knight Foundation-funded community information projects in our own backyard. Watch a demo of Floodlight and Colorado Data Engine by science/environment/data journalist, champion map maker and beer brewer Jordan Wirfs-Brock of the Piton Foundation. Join us to see these free platforms in action and hear the backstory on how the Denver Foundation and Piton Foundation worked together to grab the attention of the Knight Foundation, the leading supporter of transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation and engage communities. Background on the projects: Floodlight: http://signup.floodlightproject.org Your story matters. Without it, nothing happens. Floodlight is a tool for creating meaningful stories on the web that are visually compelling, supported by facts and encourage community action. Floodlight is also a place to share stories and uncover connections between them. Colorado Data Engine http://signup.codataengine.org Colorado Data Engine is an easy-to-use, open source hub designed to unlock public data to help organizations and individuals do more, faster. You can compare data sets, create visualizations and upload your own data for the common good. Data Engine also provides APIs to extend social indicators data to the startup and tech communities.

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  • Waldo Canyon Fire Tracker - The 5Ws of breaking news apps

    Scott Seibold (http://twitter.com/scottseibold) and Robbie Trencheny (http://twitter.com/robbie) are first responders of a different sort. The two Colorado Springs developers launched into action during the devastating June wildfire that killed two, displaced tens of thousands of residents and caused millions of dollars in damage. Join us for a discussion about their Waldo Canyon Fire Tracker (http://waldocanyonfires.com/), an open source web and mobile app (https://github.com/robbiet480/WaldoCanyon) that aggregated Twitter hashtag #WaldoCanyonFire posts, displayed a photo gallery of images and provided links to local resources for displaced residents. Seibold and Trencheny will offer advice to content creators and developers on how to build on the fly during an emergency situation. We'll also explore how to fork their GitHub code to improve the trust/reliability of social media streams, best practices for community outreach and the emerging era of technology-enhanced local news. SPECIAL DEAL: Bring a friend and get front-of-the-line access to the good beer. Shout out to our fabulous location host—Denver coworking community, UncubedSpace.com (http://www.uncubedspace.com/).

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  • Boulder Startup Week

    Scrib

    We're partnering with Tekhne.co to co-produce a 48-hour magazine about Boulder Startup Week (http://boulderstartupweek.com/) — the massive salute to entrepreneurs that runs May 16-20. Come join the fun in our open newsroom at Scrib from 10 a.m. - 12 Noon daily on Wed., May 16, Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18. Try out that mobile reporting app you've had your eye on in a loving, supportive, no-pressure environment so you can go back and wow your editors. Join our project team to help create the first ever crowdsourced #BSW12 video. We're also hosting lightning rounds on startup media pitches, 15-min hackathons and Design Thinking for Storytelling in our open newsroom. Blog, tweet and Instagram your way into Boulder Startup Weekend events and parties (now up to 50 and counting!) for our 48-hour magazine.

  • Boulder Startup Week

    Scrib

    We're partnering with Tekhne.co to co-produce a 48-hour magazine about Boulder Startup Week (http://boulderstartupweek.com/) — the massive salute to entrepreneurs that runs May 16-20. Come join the fun in our open newsroom at Scrib from 10 a.m. - 12 Noon daily on Wed., May 16, Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18. Try out that mobile reporting app you've had your eye on in a loving, supportive, no-pressure environment so you can go back and wow your editors. Join our project team to help create the first ever crowdsourced #BSW12 video. We're also hosting lightning rounds on startup media pitches, 15-min hackathons and Design Thinking for Storytelling in our open newsroom. Blog, tweet and Instagram your way into Boulder Startup Weekend events and parties (now up to 50 and counting!) for our 48-hour magazine.