Non-fiction storytelling + technology
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POV, the award-winning independent documentary series celebrating its 27th anniversary on PBS in 2014, is bringing together filmmakers with a digital vision, developers and designers to reinvent the documentary for the web at POV Hackathon.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.