(902) Election Hacking with OpenNews

A session at Mozilla Festival 2012

Sunday 11th November, 2012

11:00am to 2:00pm (GMT)

Election season is the Super Bowl for news-application teams. Whether it's capturing live data streams on election night, creating innovative new approaches to mapping, building large-scale crowdsourcing infrastructure to fact check or data-dive, capturing real-time social sentiment, or simply creating new user experiences for presenting election results, developers inside the newsroom (and passionate indies) repeatedly pushed the envelope in the months leading up to the US Presidential elections.

Just five days after election day, join seasoned newsroom developers, journalists, fact checkers and citizen reporters to compare notes, lessons learned, and develop new code and concepts arising from the just finished 2012 US elections.

Come help document the amazing work done this election cycle, and start to design and hack new tools for covering, documenting, and reporting elections the world over.


  • Help design and hack new tools for election coverage: visualizations, data parsing, capturing social streams, and more.
  • See the current state of election coverage and learn what's possible moving forward--from some of the people that helped make it happen.
  • Help capture the 2012 election code strategies from news organizations--we'll be pushing these to OpenNews' Source project by the end of MozFest.

Who should come?

  • Newsroom developers with code/lessons to share from the election
  • Civic-minded hackers/makers wanting to design & build election info-tools
  • People that want to engage with new ideas on how to cover elections on the open web.

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Heading up the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project, author of @MayorEmanuel, founder of Punk Planet magazine. bio from Twitter

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  • Marcus Asplund
  • María Yáñez
  • Rob Bole
  • Sean Bonner
  • Stephen Abbott Pugh

6 trackers

  • Andrew Nicolaou
  • Eric Sinclair
  • Tarek Amr
  • Hadley Beeman
  • Tobias Pfeiffer
  • VisualizingPalestine

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Mozilla Festival 2012

England England, London

9th11th November 2012

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Time 11:00am2:00pm GMT

Date Sun 11th November 2012


9. Floor, Ravensbourne

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