Participants’ Choice

Click on the image to interact with a demo of the Empire prototype developed at POV Hackathon.
(This prototype is best viewed in Chrome or Safari.)

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Team: Clint Beharry, Claire Mitchell, Eline Jongsma, Kel O’Neill. Bios and Q&A »

About the Project: Empire consists of five documentary installations that tell stories about people and communities whose lives are still in some ways defined by the Dutch colonial endeavor of the 17th-20th century.

The team notes, “Our piece created at the Hackathon, Empire: Bakermat, grapples with the binary nature of life choices. In the prototype, as in life, it’s impossible to be in two places at the same time, no matter how fast you move your mouse.”


  • Raphael.js, a visual Javascript library to draw a collage of a user’s path between videos.
  • jQuery, a functional Javascript library to track the user’s mouse movements during videos.
  • jQuery-beforeafter, a Javascript plugin to handle the slider functionality.
  • Dropbox, for file sharing.
  • Final Cut Pro, for editing video instructions and timing.

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POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.