Imagining Tools to Improve the Quality of News and Information in a Social Media World

Teams of developers, journalists and innovative thinkers will be challenged to discover new tools, business models, and services that deliver context-rich, real-time social journalism to users across digital platforms. Hackathon participants will be supported by mentors from media, investment and technology communities through workshops, demonstrations and one-on-one conversations.

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Eligibility

All registered attendees are eligibile to submit projects at the conclusion of the hackathon. Only project submitted to ChallengePost will be considered for the prize awards. 

 

Requirements

Categories:

Projects may be submitted in one or more of the following categories:

  • Best Overall Project
  • Best Use of the Public Media Platform API
  • Best Use of the Chute API
  • Best Use of the Wayin API

 

What to create:

A prototype application and/or website and brief pitch deck or video describing your idea, its application, and business model.

 

Platforms:

iOS, Android, Windows Mobile or other mobile platforms, Web, and/or Mac or Windows desktop.

 

Judges

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Drew Aschman
Wayin

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Mike McKean
RJI Futures Lab

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Dale Musser
Missouri School of Journalism

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Tim Olson
KQED

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Carol Varney
BAVC

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Peter Karman
American Public Media

Judging Criteria

  • Contribution to Journalism
    How significant is this project's contribution to the future of journalism?
  • Innovation
    How novel and innovative is this project? (i.e., new idea and/or approach to a significant and existing challenge, exciting new idea that creates a new market/business opportunity)
  • User Experience / Design
    How easy and/or exciting is it to use this product?
  • Business Concept
    How strong is the business concept behind this project? (e.g., is the a clear and evident customer? is there a strong potential for monitization? does this product enable new busines models for existing media companies?)
  • Judge's Bonus Points
    How much do you like this project and how well is it presented?