Hacks/Hackers is a rapidly expanding international grassroots journalism organization with dozens of groups (and counting) and thousands of members across four continents (and counting). Our mission is to create a network of journalists (“hacks”) and technologists (“hackers”) who rethink the future of news and information.
What do we do?
Lots. Our mission is to spread knowledge. information and ideas. Local group activities currently include talks, hackathons and demo days (just to get to know each other). We are also known to throw awesome parties with great DJs. Based on demand, we are strategically trying to expand into offering courses such as coding for beginners, Google Fusion Tables and .js. If you have any ideas, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who are we?
The organizers are just normal folks who are passionate about the future of news.
How do I get involved?
Is there a group in your area? Join it. If you’re interested in starting a group in your city, tell us more about yourself and what you have in mind. If you have any questions, feel free to email us.
What’s behind the name?
Journalists sometimes call themselves “hacks,” a tongue-in-cheek term for someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code. Hacks/Hackers tries to bridge those two worlds. It’s for hackers exploring technologies to filter, visualize and distribute information, and for hacks who use technology to find and tell stories. Hacks/Hackers is a digital community of people who seek to inspire each other, share information (and code) and collaborate to invent the future of media and journalism.
This group is to bring all these people together — those who are working to help people make sense of their world. It’s for hackers exploring technologies to filter and visualize information, and for journalists who use technology to find and tell stories. In the age of information overload, all their work has become even more crucial.
We aim to help members find inspiration and think in new directions, bringing together potential collaborators for projects and new ventures.