On Thursday & Friday 17th & 18th October 2013 BBC News Labs and BBC Connected Studios held the 2013 #newsHACK - a Hackathon event in Shoreditch Town Hall, London.
~150 people, from:-
- The Times
- Financial Times
- The Guardian
- The Mirror
- SKY News
- Dennis Publishing
- Lancaster University
- University College London
- Sheffield University
- Swansea University
- Newcastle University
- Dundee University
#newsHACK 2013 Schedule
- 09:30 Registration opens and we’ve got breakfast on for those who’d like some
- 09:45 The day will start with quick intro presentation from the BBC #newsHACK team
- 10:00 Tech talks
- 12:00 Let the hacking begin!
- 13:00 Lunch – We’ll look after you all day with refreshments and lunch to keep you energised
- 15:00-17:15 Audience Feedback sessions
- 18:00 Team progress report
- 20:00 Dinner and games tournament
- 08:00 Registration reopens for participants Day 2
- 10:00 Register your hack and sign up for a pitching slot
- 11:00 How to pitch session with Linda Cockburn
- 12:00 Hacking stops!
- 12:00 Lunch – We’ll look after you all day with refreshments and lunch
- 13:00 Pitch sessions – all teams will have 2 mins to present their hacks to the judging panel and other teams
- 15:00 The judges make their decisions
- 16:00 Prizegiving
- 16:30 Close
What is a Hacker?
NB Hacking != Cracking.
A Hacker is a passionate, skilled and creative technologist who thrives on building innovative solutions to real world problems.
Our esteemed Judges
- Robin Pembrooke Head of BBC Future Media News & Weather
- Nic Newman Independent Strategist, Trainer, and Product Tank Lead
- Anthony Sullivan Head of Product, Guardian
- Jon DiPaolo Executive Producer for SKY ONLINE
- Chistina Scott Chief Information Officer, Financial Times
- Peter Rippon Editor of Online Archive, BBC
The judges will be scoring hacks against the following five criteria.
- Working prototype: Is it a working application or slideware? [yes/no]
- Relevance: How well does the hack address one of our challenges? [1-5]
- Value: Does the hack solve a real user problem? How much value does it provide? [1-5]
- Innovation: How original? How ambitious? [1-5]
- UX: Does it provide a good user experience? [1-5]
The entry categories are the following, though the judges will amend depending on the calibre of the entries. New categories may be added.
- Best Live & Breaking News Experience
- Best Visual News experience that scales
- Best use of Linked Data in Journalism tools
- Surprise Us!
Best in Show Award Presented by Robin Pembrooke (Head of News & Weather Products, BBC) Awarded to: The Perspectivator (Financial Times).
Best Live & Breaking News Experience Presented by Nic Newman (Independent Strategist, Trainer, and Product Tank Lead) Awarded to: “Connected Storylines” by The Grads (BBC)
Best University Hack Presented by Christina Scott (CIO, FT) Awarded to: “News Drop” by Culture Labs (Newcastle University).
Best Visual News Experience that Scales Presented by Jon Paolo (Head of Editorial at SKY NEWS ONLINE) Awarded to: “Storyline” by The LatLongs (BBC Location Services)
Best Hack that’s likely to never be launched Presented by Peter Rippon (Editor of the BBC Online Archive) Awarded to: “Rubix News” by “3 mins 16 secs” (The Mirror).
Hack that surprised us most Presented by Anthony Sullivan (Head of Product, The Guardian) Awarded to: “Talk News” by SKY News team (SKY).
Best Journalism Tool Presented by Jon Paolo Awarded to: “Westminster Watchdog” by The Times (Times Digital)