Thanks to all who joined us in the #mediaincontext hackathon!

A Media Innovation Hackathon from Al Jazeera

{ Nov 29th  – Dec 1st 2014 | Doha, Qatar }

Hackathon Winners Announced

We chose 90 participants including designers, innovators, and media professionals, from 37 countries, for the inaugural Canvas hackathon. After three days of continuous collaboration they submitted 19 innovative solutions to our challenges. Our panel of judges chose the recipients of five $3,000 Major Prizes.

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Perspectives

Discover different takes on news events

Created by: leilacc, jellea, niaza

Perspectives is a Chrome extension that allows news readers to seamlessly discover alternate accounts of any article they read online. Through the extension, the reader is shown facts taken from other articles. These facts are specifically chosen to contain words, phrases, and information that are different from the article that was originally being read. With Perspectives, our goal is to promote the awareness of multiple perspectives on newsworthy events.

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Newsclip.se

An integrated (story) development environment for reporters

Created by: phillipadsmithnupudoHeinzeHavinga,
@EvaConstantaras@kasiadybek@Bfaviero

Newsclip.se supports the discovery and organization of journalistic information. As we search a variety of data sources for the subjects in your story, you efficiently conduct your research and share the materials with your newsroom. The main idea behind the project was to build a workbench for reporters that provides similar time-saving tools to what an IDE (integrated development environment) gives to software developers.

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tinyfm

For local experiences on air.

Created by: oncletombasilesimonvallettea

tinyfm associates two back-end solutions to power both a local radio transmitter and a mobile web-app to enable the users to interact with the content, as they would do with a jukebox in a bar. In short, we hacked a new technology, a Raspberry Pi, to give another go to an old technology, the radio. The radio emits an FM signal in a limited range, people listen to it with their regular FM receivers and FM-enabled mobile phones. Then they can bounce and add up some more content based on their very own local experience.

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Reporta

Your News, Your Way

Created by: 

Reporta is your personal reporter, bringing your news experience into the future. We developed our own NLP algorithms to turn official headlines into natural sounding conversation.We built our own context and memory system, as well as an ensemble of voice recognition, NLP and AI technologies so that you can converse with Reporta in your own words.

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Acumen

Uncover your news

Created by: ,

Acumen is a Chrome extension with a collection of tools for readers to become more aware of potential bias in news articles. Our approach addresses three key areas: content analysis, author background information, and audience reception. Acumen intentionally provides no evaluative judgement on any bias that may be in present in the content. Instead, it quickly displays relevant information to empower any reader to answer questions of intent and authenticity with educated opinions of their own.

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People's Choice Award Announced

Through public voting, our community awarded a $3,000 “People’s Choice” award.

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Perspectives

Discover different takes on news events

Created by: leilacc, jellea, niaza

Perspectives is a Chrome extension that allows news readers to seamlessly discover alternate accounts of any article they read online. Through the extension, the reader is shown facts taken from other articles. These facts are specifically chosen to contain words, phrases, and information that are different from the article that was originally being read. With Perspectives, our goal is to promote the awareness of multiple perspectives on newsworthy events.

See and try the full solution

Based on the three media phases and four contexts detailed in our challenge framework, our panel of judges also awarded seven $1,000 Minor Prizes.

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Lasertag

Quickly add context to stories from your archive

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Lasertag devised a simple algorithm for relating stories using two dimensions of overlap in noun phrases between stories to determine relevance. A simple algorithm makes the first pass for the journalist, who then just has to pick the best stories for context using human judgement. This allows news organizations to capture some of the value trapped in archives.

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tinyfm

For local experiences on air.

Created by: oncletombasilesimonvallettea

tinyfm associates two back-end solutions to power both a local radio transmitter and a mobile web-app to enable the users to interact with the content, as they would do with a jukebox in a bar. In short, we hacked a new technology, a Raspberry Pi, to give another go to an old technology, the radio. The radio emits an FM signal in a limited range, people listen to it with their regular FM receivers and FM-enabled mobile phones. Then they can bounce and add up some more content based on their very own local experience.

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Street Stories

Explore the news as it unfolds—block-by-block.

Created by: 

After covering the Ferguson riots, team member Yana Kuichoff noticed that the coverage of the event while exhaustive never managed to capture the emotion of the event or the impact on the citizens of Ferguson. One of the biggest things missing from most reporting is the sounds of an event. Street Stories uses a open-source library to add sound to specific locations to add an audible boost to the realities that surround tense situations like Ferguson.

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Reporta

Your News, Your Way

Created by: 

Reporta is your personal reporter, bringing your news experience into the future. We developed our own NLP algorithms to turn official headlines into natural sounding conversation.We built our own context and memory system, as well as an ensemble of voice recognition, NLP and AI technologies so that you can converse with Reporta in your own words.

See and try the full solution

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MapCake

Putting news on the map, and maps on the news

Created by: 

MapCake is an innovative way to incorporate maps into a story. It allows journalists:

  • to visualize connections between stories and places.
  • to get more insights about the context of the article they’re writing.
  • by tagging their current story, to support the ever-growing database. MapCake adds value simultaneously to the context of the article, as it is being written.

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Hakawati

Delivering Al Jazeera news with engaging conversations.

Created by: 

News in the media right now is not conversational. We would like to communicate news in a way you would be talking to your knowledgeable friend. We believe that machines should communicate in a human friendly way and not the other way round. This could help to broaden the reach of news. We also wanted to provide a new approach for the journalists to report stories in a way that could be later told through conversation in natural language.

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Narrata

Build your narrative around data

Created by: 

Narrata is a new approach to narrating the news, focused on data-driven storytelling. The data set tells the story and short text snippets provide additional insight. Narrata doesn’t require more than uploading two spreadsheets of data through a customized uploader: one that focuses on the data while the other on the storytelling. The data visualization changes as the reader scrolls through the article, transforming the reading experience.

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2014: MEDIA IN CONTEXT

The theme of the inaugural Canvas hackathon was “Media in Context”. Context has always been around us, from where we are, how we are feeling, what time it is, and even our history and culture. How can we apply the idea of context to media and journalism? How do different contexts affect the different phases of media, from production, to distribution, to consumption? We believe that the exploration of new forms of contextually-aware media at this year’s Media in Context hackathon will help us tell a better human story.

Some of our challenges

Here are a few examples of the kinds of challenges we posed at the Media In Context hackathon:

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What’s in the papers today, Hal?

Use voice recognition and/or natural language processing tools and APIs to build a “Smart agent” that allows users to consume and discover news through natural conversation.

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless with Data

Using the Al Jazeera news API, analyze Al Jazeera’s news from a big data perspective. Where is Al Jazeera not giving voice to the voiceless? Where do we accomplish it well? What groups, topics, areas, or events should Al Jazeera focus on to ensure a balanced/holistic perspective in its news coverage?

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Mapping an Understanding

Using stories from the Al Jazeera archives which all rely heavily on geographic context, how do you present this in a meaningful way to the reader for easy consumption? Using a mapping API, create a system that produces a geospatial visualization of historical conflicts. How would you present this information to journalists? How would you present it to readers?

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Putting Things Back in Context

How do we enable journalists to easily pull in the historical or cultural context into a story? Create a system that can intelligently produce an historical context report based on simple wizard-style prompts to media producers. Or, use Natural Language Processing  to suggest culturally-relevant data, or to recommend additional topics to research while a journalist is writing/editing a story.

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Application Process

{29th Nov – 1st Dec 2014 |Doha, Qatar}

1) APPLICATION

We’re searching for all kinds of innovators, worldwide.

2) INVITATION

We will invite the best candidates to join us in Doha, all expenses paid!

3) CONGREGATION

The hackathon has arrived! Time to have fun and experiment!

How to reach us

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