Tearing Down Barriers to Open Data in Buenos Aires

Jul 302013

A few days before holding our first Media Party in August 2012, our Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires chapter realized we were going to need a megaphone to announce some our activities to hundreds of participants.

On Twitter, I asked for a loaner, and the crowd came through. Someone left one in the door the first day of the event, and I returned it a few months later.

The collective construction process is arduous and hazardous, but always entertaining. This year's Media Party, a three-day meeting that will take place August 29 to 31 in Buenos Aires, will bring together journalists, programmers, designers, 20 international guests, 30 workshops and a great hackathon.

Organized again by Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires, it will be the labor of love of many of our 2,000 members. This was no accident. We built the community intentionally and through a lot of effort.

The presence of international guests such as Jacqui Maher of the New York Times, Brian Boyer of NPR, Joe Germuska of Knight Lab, Dan Sinker of Open News and Ted Han of Document Cloud lends the event gravitas and draws attendees. But the Media Party isn't just about the big names. It's an opportunity for everyone involved to join a productive community and build something valuable to drive journalism into the future.

A few days ago, we held a planning meeting, where we thought through the big problems we want to help solve in the world of innovation, open data and media. From the meeting, attended by some 50 editors and reporters of Argentina's greatest media organizations, as well as members of the open data community and civic hackers, our mission for the Media Party took shape. "Now we need to solve big issues," said designer and developer Davo Galavotti.

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