How to Create 'A Vibrant Space for Media Innovation'

Mar 252013

We invited everyone who wanted to rethink journalism to our city’s first Hacks/Hackers event, and drew about 120 people.

Less than two years later, at 1,700 members strong (and growing), we’ve held more than 20 events and a Media Party with keynotes, workshops and a hackathon. Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires has become a vibrant space for media innovation. We believe many people in Latin America would benefit from participating in Hacks/Hackers, so I'm helping drive its expansion in the region as part of my Knight International Journalism Fellowship.

Hacks/Hackers chapters across the world bring together journalists, designers and developers in meetings, workshops and hackathons. It also attracts the free software community, many NGOs in the world of open data, the government sector, entrepreneurs and investors.

Running a chapter requires a lot of energy, time and effort. It takes organizers who are excited about the idea of ​​reinventing the future of media through inspiration, education and collaboration between journalists, programmers and designers.

There are several strategies that worked well for us in establishing Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires. We think these lessons can be helpful to other chapters.

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