The Walkley Foundation and the Global Editors Network (GEN) are hosting Australia’s first Hackathon at Macleay College in Sydney today and tomorrow.
Students and journalists from across the country will participate in a competition to find new ways to generate data-driven news stories, and devise new ways to present data to viewers using advanced computer technology and coding.
“This is the key to investigative reporting – it’s about uncovering information that others don’t want us to have. … The crucial thing that journalists need is to develop the skills to find, unlock and make sense of all this information,” said Kate McClymont, veteran journalist and five-time Walkley Award winner, at the introduction today.
“You have the skills that people like me want, and we really want to foster the improvement of those,” she continued.
Stephen Davis, head of journalism at Macleay also welcomed the participants to the event.
“I truly believe we are on the verge of something exciting and this [Hackathon] is a part of it,” he said.
The event is sponsored and supported by tech groups Google and Tableau Public and hosted by Macleay College. The winning team will fly to Vienna to compete in the world finals at the GEN Summit in June this year.
The jury – Evangéline de Bourgoing, programme director for GEN, Jonathon Richards, lead of the Google Creative Lab in Sydney, Henrare Degan, a civic and democracy hacker at the OpenAustralia Foundation, and Kate Golden, the Walkley Foundation’s multimedia manager – will decide the winner after final concept presentations on Friday evening.
The teams are:
Macleay College – Jake Nelson, Andrew Leeson and Enrico Gaoni
SBS Labs – Gina McKeon, Ken Macleod, Matt Smith
SBS News and Current Affairs – Jason Thomas, Michael Bamford, Juliette O’Brien
Research Platforms, University of Melbourne – Kim Doyle, Yuandra Ismiradli, Isabell Kiral-Kornek
The Age – Marc Moncrief, Andy Ball, Matthew Absalom-Wong
The Sydney Morning Herald – Inga Ting, Richard Lama, Kathleen Virnat
The Guardian – Paul Farrell, Nick Evershed, Brett Tweedie
ABC News – Simon Elvery, Colin Gourlay, Ben Spraggon
ABC – Matt Buchanan, Nathan Jenkins, Jo Szczepanska
Team Glasnost – Martin Newman (the Daily Telegraph), Suyeon Son (freelance), Kelly Tall (Australian Financial Review/Fairfax)
News Corp 1 – Jackson Gothe-Snape, Robbie Wain, Alister Hearnshaw
News Corp 2 – Nigel Gladstone, Vito Tang, Salil Ahuja
University of Technology Sydney – Taylor Denny, Tommaso Armstrong, Passiona Cottee
The West Australian – Ben Martin, Joe Hardy, Sophia Lewis
Report by Jesse Mullens
Image of Kate McClymont welcoming the Hackathon teams at Macleay College by James Mott