Hacks/Hackers Dublin was rebooted on Monday night with the first meeting taking place in the salubrious surroundings of the Library Bar at the Central Hotel on Exchequer Street in the heart of the city. There was an enthusiastic crowd of both Hacks (journalists) and Hackers (techies) and we were even joined by some international guests Andy Carvin of NPR who is famous for his unique methods of covering the news on Twitter and Amanda Michel of The Guardian (US).
The evening was kicked-off with a welcome talk from the group organiser, Dr. Bahareh Heravi, who heads up the Digital Humanities and Journalism group at Insight, NUI Galway. She then introduced Paul Watson, CTO of Storyful, who gave a brief presentation of the social news agency’s new ‘social search’ which is a Chrome plugin that allows users search for news across multiple social media platforms. Later attendees played an M&M game which encouraged everyone to offer up their ideas for the future of news and the Hacks/Hackers movement. Attendees were enthusiastic and came up with some great ideas, the creative juices seemingly lubricated by the alcohol from the bar.
Overall the evening was a great success. HuJo promises to hold another event before Christmas and by the end of the night had already received offers from a few parties to host a more extensive meeting. Thanks to everyone who attended and we hope to see you at the second event which is likely to be in early December.