Hackathons - Who Sponsors Them and Why?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The explosion of civic-minded hackathons raises the question of what the organizations funding them are trying to accomplish. 

New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi spoke with Michael Maness, Vice President of Journalism and Media Innovation at the Knight Foundation, one such organization. 

The foundation has sponsored a number of "News Challenges" where it asked innovators and entrepreneurs to figure out how to make public information more relevant and useful.

"The idea is to create those engineered collisions where people from different points of view come together," Maness said. 

The hope is such an environment allows hackathon teams to make journalism tools better and more accessible as well as help people think about them in new ways, he added.


Michael Maness

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Comments [2]

Daniel Tucker, WNYC Associate Producer

Thanks for the comment, Miro. We just fixed the mistake. Thanks for listening and keep the comments coming.

Jul. 10 2013 12:55 PM
Miro from New Jersey

Ms. Marritz seems to be confused over which character is evil and which one is good - it's Mr. Hyde who is the evil one, not Dr. Jeckyll.

Jul. 10 2013 08:46 AM

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