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Hacks/Hackers Connect is a global launchpad event series for growing media entrepreneurs.

It lands at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, in midtown Manhattan, on Feb 26 & 27.

Connect NYC will be fast-and-furious: teams will be formed, you will breathe life into new ideas in a very short amount of time, solutions will be forged in the fire of rapid feedback and iterative improvement. You will leave with practical skills, new connections, and a map of where to go next.

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Hacks/Hackers Connect, New York, Feb 26-27


Friday, February 26, 2016 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM (EST)

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I am a Reporter or Editor
If you work in a newsroom in a non-technical capacity, this is you!
Ended Free  
I am a Software Engineer / Newsroom Developer
If the primary focus of your work is technical, this is the ticket for you!
Ended Free  
I am a Designer (Graphic, Infographics, DataVis, UX, UI)
If the focus of your work is primarily design, this is probably you!
Ended Free  
I am an Entrepreneur / Intraprenuer / Founder / Product Manager
Have a startup idea? Working on a startup inside another company? Launched a startup? Product is your life? This ticket is for you.
Ended Free  
I work in Business Development / Marketing / Finance / Analytics
Do you live and breathe sales & marketing? Know your CPM from your CPC? Driving traffic is your obsession? This ticket is for you!
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NOTE: We're working to add more spaces to the event. Please put your name on the waiting list and we'll update you very soon.

Hacks/Hackers Connect is a global launchpad event series for growing media entrepreneurs.

It lands at City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Journalism Schoolin midtown Manhattan, right next door to The New York Times, on February 26 & 27.

Hacks/Hackers has brought thousands of journalists and technologists around the world together over the past five years, united in a belief that we need to work together to build the future of media. Now, we're launching a series of global events to seed new media ventures, grow deeper connections within the community and attract new collaborators.

Connect is built on a belief that the information ecosystem of tomorrow will be heavily influenced by entrepreneurial and upstart activities: new experimental products in market, new risk-taking enterprises, and never-attempted-before civic undertakings. Read more about our vision on Medium.



Please note: Some schedule details may change to best accomodate all guests. 

We're excited to announce that veteran entrepreneur Michael Tippett will join us on Saturday to introduce participants to the "Lean Canvas," and to talk about his experience founding one of the first user-generated social news startups in 2005, NowPublic. Tippett went on to be the Executive Director at GrowLab, Director of New Products at Hootsuite, and is now working on a new startup called Wantoo.

Also joining us on Saturday will be Lindsay StewartFounder & CEO, Stringr and Matter Ventures alumni.


Friday, February 26, 6PM - 9PM
Reception, networking, and media startup demo party.

Saturday, February 27, 9:30AM - 6PM
09:00 - Breakfast & registration
09:30 - Sessions overview
10:00 - Mentor-led sessions begin
11:15 - Michael Tippett: Lean Canvas explained & how to win the day
12:00 - Team work begins: Canvas #1
13:00 - Lunch sessions with partners
14:00 - Team work continues: Canvas #2
15:00 - Pitch prep with mentors
15:30 - Team pitches / presentations
16:30 - Closing session: The drunken walk of the media entrepreneur 


Jeremy Caplan, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY
Anthony De Rosa, The Daily Show
Sandeep Junnarkar, Director of the Interactive Journalism Program, CUNY
Chao Li, Product Manager of Alpha, Vox Media
Millie Tran, Director of Global Adaptation, BuzzFeed
Elite Truong, Product Manager of Partner Platforms, Vox Media

Event producers: Phillip Smith, Ashley McCorriston, and Burt Herman



Cyna Alderman, Managing Director, Daily News Innovation Lab
Masuma Ahuja, Social Apps Producer, CNN
Debra Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer & Founder, datavized. 
Ryan Bruno, Emerging Partnerships, Google News Lab
Francesca Barber, Growth Strategy Editor, The New York Times
Corey Ford, Managing Partner, Matter Ventures
Cristian Fleming, Principal, The Public Society
Mark GreenspanFounder, The Digital Growth Lab
Matthew Knell, VP of Social Media and Platform Partnerships,
Dana Lacey, Partnerships Editor,
Megan McCarthyDirector of Editorial Strategy, Alley Interactive
Djordje Padejski, Impact Leader, JSK Fellowships at Stanford University
Micaela RobertsAudience Development, The New York Times
Ranjan Roy, Cofounder, Informerly
Brandon Silverman, Co-Founder and CEO, CrowdTangle 


Connect is made possible through a partnership with Google News Lab.

We are very grateful to have amazing local industry partners helping to make Connect a success, including Betabook, John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, Matter Ventures, Medill University’s Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship program, The New School Journalism + Design, NYC Media Lab, Wantoo, and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

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City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism
219 West 40th ST
New York, NY 10018

Friday, February 26, 2016 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM (EST)

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