After a summer hiatus, HacksHackers Belfast is back! And we have a very special event planned for Saturday 20th October in association with our friends Farset Labs, Belfast's only hackerspace.
There are a lot of questions around investigative journalism and its future, such as: Who will pay for it? Can it find a sustainable business model? One person asking those questions is Bobbie Johnson. Bobbie was the European Editor of Gigaom, a popular technology news site. He didn't want investigative reporting to die out. And the quality of reporting in the tech blogosphere was dire. He decided to do something about it. Along with a friend, freelance journalist Jim Giles, he launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new experiment, Matter. Matter's mission is to publish longform investigative journalism about science and technology across smartphone, tablet, e-reader and desktop devices. Readers pay 99p for each story.
Matter's Kickstarter goal was $50,000. They cleared it in 38 hours, going on to raise over $140,000. Since then, the Matter team have been hard at work, commissioning stories and getting ready to start publishing. Bobbie will talk at HacksHackers Belfast about his journey as an "entrepreneurial journalist" and Matter's future plans. The event will kick off at 4pm on Saturday 20th October in Farset Labs, Weavers Court Business Park, Belfast. Bobbie's talk will be followed by a 20 minute Q & A. Food and drink will be served. If you'd like to sponsor the event, please contact Lyra McKee via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is open to everyone, from journalists to students to technologists. However, we are expecting a big crowd so admittance to the event is by ticket only.
When & Where
HacksHackers Belfast & Farset Labs
HacksHackers Belfast is a meetup for journalists ("hacks") and technologists ("hackers"). We run events like hackathons and talks. Our goal is to enable hacks and hackers to collaborate and produce great journalism.