Nonfiction storytelling and technology intersect once again in New York City. Applications are open for POV Hackathon 4, July 27-28, 2013.
POV Hackathon 3 took place at the offices of Huge in Brooklyn, New York, from April 13-14, 2013.
Five teams of filmmakers and developers were challenged to create web documentary prototypes - be they mobile sites, web apps, widgets, games or something we've never seen before - over two days of intense collaboration.
Here is more about the projects from POV Hackathon 3:
@home A project combining documentary film, social media, and a real-world game that conveys one simple idea: homelessness can be solved and that we are all part of the solution.
Portraits of the Enemies A web-based documentary that juxtaposes portraits of enemy fighters face-to-face by international photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa.
Refugee Registry A digital initiative that highlights the plight of refugees with a goal of spurring action.
Return to Elwha A web-based documentary project that follows the largest dam removal in United States history.
V-Card Experience Engine A digital crowd-sourced storytelling project about the myth and meaning of virginity in American culture.
POV (Point of View), the award-winning independent documentary series celebrating its 25th anniversary on PBS in 2012, is bringing together filmmakers with a digital vision, developers and designers to reinvent the documentary for the web at POV's Hackathon.
Submit your film to POV's annual call for entries »
What is a Hackathon?
POV's Hackathon is inspired by the "hack days" of the open-source development community and companies such as Facebook and Google. In a traditional hackathon, software coders collaborate outside of the usual corporate constraints in compressed time frames (usually fueled by pizza and energy drinks) to solve a problem.
With POV's Hackathon, we add independent producers into the mix, adding their creativity and expertise in social-issue storytelling. POV pairs filmmakers with developers based on their Hackathon applications.
Once matched, the teams participate in a pre-Hackathon orientation session to prepare media (video, photos, data...) and make decisions about software and tools. Then, over two days, the teams work together to produce a working prototype.
Journalists interested in covering the POV Hackathon or a Hackathon project, please write to email@example.com.