Looking for some brain cracking and new fresh ideas? 24h post-truth hackathon in Tartu may be something for you!

Manipulation of public opinion has recently reached new heights by taking fast advantage of the diverse opportunities offered by the thriving digital media. These developments have given rise to the buzzword ‘post-truth’, a concept with far-reaching ramifications.During the Data as remedy: 24h post-truth hackathon, participants focus on the issue of trust, by aiming  attention both at the journalistic content and at the infrastructure facilitating it. It takes place on 31th of March til 1st of April at Spark Centre in Tartu, Estonia.

Hackathon will start with a kick-off for the teams on Friday, March 31, and closes with awards for the best solutions in the evening of April 1.

For the 24 hours of the hackathon, people from diverse academic and/or professional backgrounds relinquish their hard-earned titles and positions in the outside world and channel their knowledge and experience in an endeavour to gain a deeper understanding of post-truth phenomena, working in groups of equal members who all have a say in how to define and solve a particular problem.

Hackaton will start on Friday evening at 18:00 when  pitches for the proposed projects will be heard and teams who will then gather for their individual kick-off meetings will be formed. Later during Friday night will be some inspiring talks and discussions by opinion leaders and practicioners from various backgrounds. The teams will have to report on their progress and will receive mentoring during Saturday and the 24h event ends with final presentations and the award ceremony for best projects in the Saturday evening around 18:00.

During the hackathon focus are on two main tracks and expected outcomes of 24h hacking fit into two categories.

Datastory
The first category comprises datastories or any other similar journalistic pieces exemplifying solutions to post-truth puzzles in specific domains, offering insights to matters of immigration, wage gap, forest management or anything else suffering from the lack of clear evidence-based accounts in Estonia or globally.

Infrastructure
The second category is for innovative solutions which can improve various aspects of publication, distribution and feedback models for journalism and new media, including, for instance, fact-checking, creating aggregators and specialised publishing platforms, assessing the audience reach or impact of news stories, detection of trolls and fake-news.

Good ideas falling somewhere between these those two categories are all also equally welcomed. However, you should also take some care to avoid problems which might prove too complex for finding a solution within the rather limited time constraints of the hackathon.

Information technology experts, data analysts and visualizers, designers, journalists, social scientists and people from various fields of humanities all bring in their unique perspectives which help to reveal different aspects of the problems and accordingly create multifaceted solutions. They are all needed to choose the proper methods and frameworks to work towards tehnological proofs-of-concept, model cases of journalistic work, research projects initiatives and other expected outcomes of the 24h hacking.

But what is hackaton? Hackathon is what you as a participant make it for yourself. For some, it is an interdisciplinary workshop of intensive teamwork to tackle an important issue, to lay down the vision for a promising startup or a similar project, for others, it is a form of active vacation offering interesting intellectual challenges or new perspectives, and opportunities to find new friends or make business contacts. But essentially it is a physical space where people gather, form teams to cooperate and focus on working on a predetermined topic with minimal distractions. Plus, they are provided with unlimited coffee and other refreshments.

 

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