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POV Hackathon 4: Explore the Prototypes and the Technology


Five teams "re-invented the documentary" at POV's latest weekend laboratory of nonfiction storytelling and technology.

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The Dreamtrain Project


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Click on the image to interact with a demo of the The Dreamtrain Project prototype developed at POV Hackathon 4.

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Team: Steven Melendez, Cori Schattner, Lily Virginia.

About the Project: Part interactive documentary, part music video, part diary, The Dreamtrain Project creates a platform for artists to dialogue with their audience by creating a connection between the content the artist puts out on social media and her work. Using the song Dreamtrain as a model, users are invited to explore the different inspirations behind the lyrics and song.

Technology:

  • Git: An open-source version control system for source code.
  • Heroku: For free web hosting.
  • Popcorn.js: An open-source tool to synchronize HTML audio and video with other events on webpage.
  • Handbrake: An open-source tool to convert audio and video files to web-friendly formats.
  • Dropbox and Google Drive: Free tools to allow developer, designer and musician to easily share files.
  • Google Fonts: A collection of free, web-friendly fonts.
  • Google Maps: For free, embeddable and customizable maps.
  • Facebook Comments: A free, embeddable commenting tool using Facebook logins for authentication.


Steven Melendez (Photo: Casey de Pont/WNYC)

Steven Melendez is a programmer-journalist on the data news team at WNYC. Having previously worked as a developer and reporter, he holds an MS in journalism from Northwestern University and a BA in computer science from Harvard University.

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Cori Schattner (Photo: Rochelle Schattner)

Cori Schattner is an interactive designer, strategist, and multimedia raconteur. She has executed award-winning interactive TV applications for brands including Lipton and Dove. Currently she’s responsible for architecting a supply flow for integrating eBook learning into K-12 classrooms.

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Lily Virginia (Credit: Forest Woodward)

Lily Virginia is a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter. She came to the POV Hackathon through her interest in the audience/performer relationship and how that can be changed through technology. She currently is wrapping up her debut album and be found performing live around NYC and/or in your living room.

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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 300 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.