Welcome to "Media in Context" - the Inaugural Hackathon of the Al Jazeera Canvas Community!
This year, the inaugural Canvas hackathon is focused on “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 and interpretation? We believe that exploring new forms of contextually-aware media at this year’s Media in Context hackathon will help us tell a better human story.
- Participants: Teams of selected individuals participating from the physical hackathon at QNCC, Doha, Qatar. No remote submissions accepted, except if they are directly assisting a team at the event through our #CanvasConnect Twitter hashtag.
- Countries: International! We have participants arriving from Qatar, Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North and South America!
- Categories: See the 12 challenge statements at http://canvas.aljazeera.com/challenges/
- What to create: functioning software application or data analysis or visualization; demonstration video; screenshots; materials for judges and presentation
How to enter
To enter this challenge, you MUST be one of the selected Media in Context participants on a team at the hackathon in Doha, Qatar.
Include in your submission all links to code repositories, images or design assets, demos, and videos or other resources you will need in your challenge presentation to the judges. Basically, if it's not listed here in ChallengePost, it didn't happen!
MIT Media Lab
frog design inc.
Aysha Al Mudahka
Reem Al Mansouri
How well does the team’s solution address the hackathon challenge they chose? Did they incorporate the challenge’s recommendations or even imagine their own criteria above and beyond these? How much risk-taking or innovation was involved in this approach?
Potential for Use
How sustainable is this solution? Is it a good candidate for incubation? Would Al Jazeera or another media organization find this solution immediately useful, deployable, and continue to improve it? Are there established user communities?
Impact and Disruptive Potential
How substantially will this solution change the way media is produced, distributed, or consumed? Does this solution make a significant advancement in a media or technology domain or impact the current “state of the art”?
Technical and Design Quality
Does the solution make use of an appropriate variety of open source technologies and third party APIs? Is the solution aesthetically appealing and indicative of good design principles? Is it reliable and functional, even for a hackathon prototype?
Values and Ethics of the Journalism Profession
How well does this solution embody the journalistic ideals of honesty, courage, fairness, balance, independence, and diversity?