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

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

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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 School, in 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 Stewart, Founder & 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 Greenspan, Founder, The Digital Growth Lab
Matthew Knell, VP of Social Media and Platform Partnerships,
Dana Lacey, Partnerships Editor,
Megan McCarthy, Director of Editorial Strategy, Alley Interactive
Djordje Padejski, Impact Leader, JSK Fellowships at Stanford University
Micaela Roberts, Audience 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.