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Unblight Unconference

Sunlight Foundation and Center for Collaborative Journalism

Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Friday, August 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

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Sunlight Foundation together with the Center for Collaborative Journalism (CCJ) at Mercer University are organizing Unblight: a national community unconference on housing data. Unblight will bring together community advocates, technologists, journalists, policy makers and students interested in exchanging ideas and sharing lessons about combating blight and repurposing abandoned parts of our communities.

Unblight will be an unstructured conference (aka: unconference) where participants will determine the agenda by proposing session ideas or topics on housing issues they care about. We will then create the schedule on the same day based on the ideas submitted by the participants.

Sunlight Foundation is inspired by the concept of empowering people to use publicly available open data such as housing data to find solutions to real-life problems like blight. The Center for Collaborative Journalism, a unique partnership between Mercer University, the Telegraph and Georgia Public Radio is committed to transforming Macon through innovative reporting and solution driven journalism.

Together, Sunlight and CCJ will bring together experts, practitioners and affected communities to share experiences and collaborate on how to access existing housing data, crowdsource information, develop innovative tools, utilize legal remedies, encourage citizen engagement, advance journalistic reporting and other resources to help reverse the effects of blight, vacant lots and other housing ailments in neighborhoods across the nation.

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Travel and Logistics:

  • Macon is home to the Middle Georgia Regional Airport (MCN) and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) is just 90mins away with shuttle service to Macon.
  • The conference hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn on the campus of Mercer University. Registrants can book accommodations via this link for the $99 conference rate. Please book by July 30th to secure this rate.
  • Conference attendees are encouraged to arrive on Wed, August 13th for an evening kick-off social.
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Mercer University- Science and Engineering Building
1200 Prince Street
Macon, GA 31201

Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Friday, August 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

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Sunlight Foundation and Center for Collaborative Journalism

The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government and uses technology to make government more accountable to all. 

The Center for Collaborative Journalism is a unique community media collaborative combing Mercer's liberal arts-based journalism and media studies program with the profesional expertise of the Telegraph and Georgia Public Radio.  

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