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by Emily Saltz

Speech-to-text software has gotten pretty mainstream these days. The most common use is voice commands, especially with mobile devices. Many smartphone owners have had the experience of articulating hostilely into a 1-millimeter smartphone microphone, trying — and expecting — to be understood. While there are still enough voice command errors to inspire sites like whysiriwhy.com [...] more »

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Best Practices
by Lara Ortiz-Luis

I joined Matter, the startup accelerator backed by the Knight Foundation, PRX and KQED, in January of this year. At the time, it was 13 weeks into the 20-week program for Matter’s second cohort of media-related startups, “Matter Two.” With only five weeks to Demo Day, I got my feet wet right away and started [...] more »

Participation
by Rahul Bhargava

Can a vegetable tell a story about food access in Somerville? Yep. “70% of Somerville Public School students receive free or reduced lunch” – laser-cut onto a cucumber. In public settings, it can be quite hard to get folks walking by interested in a data-driven argument about your cause. We often argue that a creative [...] more »

Best Practices
by Nicole Zhu

This post originally appeared on Northwestern University Knight Lab’s blog. With code sometimes you have to run before you can walk. Tutorials and W3Schools are great for learning the basics, but at some point you just have to open a blank window in Sublime Text, focus on a project and start writing code from scratch. [...] more »

Business
by Zhai Yun Tan

“One hour to pitch, guys!” Eight students from Reese News Lab, dressed in their best, were prepared to pitch in the American Underground, the heart of startups in the Triangle. As everyone piled up in the van to leave for the destination nearly 30 minutes away, a jovial mood set in. They seem ready to [...] more »

Best Practices
by Rodrigo Davies

At the Academy of Management’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this week some colleagues and I gave a panel titled Towards Government 2.0: Open Data and Innovation through Cross-Sector Collaboration. We talked about open data, building better and more open government services, and how to foster civic collaboration across sectors. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be [...] more »