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Previous POV Hackathon Projects

POV Hackathon is a weekend laboratory that since 2012 has provided matchmaking and mentorship for visionary nonfiction media makers and inventive technologists as they create prototypes that re-invent the documentary for the web.

View the prototypes from previous POV Hackathon labs below, as well as the completed projects, when available.

@home

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.

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The Aatsinki Season

POV Hackathon 1 - Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys is a feature-length documentary that follows a year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. Equal parts story, game and educational study guide, the film unfolds over the course of a year in the Arctic. It is a study of hard work, hard-earned leisure and an intricate bond between man and nature. The complementary online component will expand the reach and depth of the project, bringing each participant face-to-face with the unique challenges of herding reindeer. Utilizing video, photos, maps and infographics for their Web component, the filmmakers aim to show that the struggles herders face are the struggles of traditional, agrarian communities around the world.

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Abstraction

POV Hackathon 4 - Does a single image look the same to everyone? Can music take the universal into the personal? Each person's experience will be as individual as their fingerprint. With this app the user becomes the explorer in an ongoing immersive experiment, playing with the perceived boundaries between image and music: to give the abstract meaning.

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Aerial Viewing

POV Hackathon 6 - Aerial Viewing is an application that responds to anxieties and possibilities of tracking and surveillance technology. The viewer is embedded in this project through their location and actions. The application enables a ruptured and collective viewing experience - exploring the boundaries of what is known, unknown, visible and accessible.

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Anatomy of a Trial

POV Hackathon 7 - An interactive web documentary about the Ríos Montt genocide trial opens the doors of the courtroom to lawyers, human rights activist and students. Anatomy of a Trial allows users to explore each side's legal strategy and tactics as well as deeply examine the historical, political and cultural context of the internationally unprecedented case.

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The Angola Project

POV Hackathon 5 - Civil war destroyed Angola's Benguela railway, which opened the African interior to commerce in the 1920s. Now it's being rebuilt by Chinese workers. A filmmaker has traveled the route and is sharing his personal connections in an interactive documentary.

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Approaching the Elephant

POV Hackathon 4 - Explore a year in the lives of young children at a "free school" (where rules are created democratically) through interlocking video that offers multiple narratives.

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Axion

POV Hackathon 7 - Axion is a meditative exploration of the scientific method and the human instinct to explore our place in the universe. Axion encourages viewers to immerse themselves in a seamless narrative experience while tailoring the video for personal learning styles and science backgrounds.

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Bisbee

POV Hackathon 5 - Bisbee, Arizona was once a thriving copper-mining town near the US/Mexico border, but its population has been dwindling due to isolation, the national recession and lack of opportunities for youth. "Bisbee" explores how the community has been reinventing itself by repurposing existing spaces and linking the disparate cultural identities of its residents.

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Both Here And There

POV Hackathon 5 - A mobile addition to a broad project produced by UnionDocs "Living Los Sures," using the storytelling platform Creatavist. It is a prototype that takes advantage of mobility by motivating navigation through the story with real time physical motion. As you walk forward in physical space, you advance through the story.

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Camp Century

POV Hackathon 7 - Climate change and new discoveries of oil in the Arctic bring up old strategic conflicts in one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world. But as the ice melts, something more sinister is being exposed, and vestiges of a military legacy come, quite literally, to the surface.

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The Cannon and the Flower

POV Hackathon 4 - Chopin's music is hundreds of years old, but Dang Thai Son and Madame Lien's fierce determination give Chopin new meaning. Beyond making a documentary, we wanted to make it interactive so that people all over the world can be inspired by this story and this music - and create a brand-new interpretation using Instagram.

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Chicago Ghosts

POV Hackathon 7 - Chicago Ghosts explores the stories we share through great expanses of time and small expanses of space that connect us through the past and the present.

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Cpm-703

POV Hackathon 2 - A Fukushima-born artist journeys into Japan's nuclear winter, revealing the warmth and strength of survivors coping with the effects of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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Data Docs (POV Hackathon 1)

POV Hackathon 1 - An Op-Video is a short-form, freely embeddable, mixed-media essay that features experts, writers and doers, as well as hand-drawn animation and original music, about current public affairs. As ever-quickening news cycles create an echo chamber centered on a never-ending "horse-race," Op-Videos invite the viewer into a more thoughtful and inventive space to learn about the important public issues of our time.

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The Dandelion King

POV Hackathon 7 - The Dandelion King is a companion mobile application to the graphic novel of the same name by Heide Solbrig. The Dandelion King allows readers to access audio and video related to the book and participate in a series of interactive, multiplayer "encounters" themed around a moment in each of the book's chapters.

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Data Docs (POV Hackathon 2)

POV Hackathon 2 - The Data Docs project aims to spread data literacy by telling short stories that lie behind the most important datasets in the world. Each is a meld of the linear storytelling and animation with live, evergreen data and choice interactive elements.

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The Dreamtrain Project

POV Hackathon 4 - 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.

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Empire

POV Hackathon 2 - 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

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Faith in the Five Boroughs

POV Hackathon 2 - Faith in the Five Boroughs documents the role that faith and religious communities play in the lives of immigrants and their children.

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Feed Me a Story (POV Hackathon 1)

POV Hackathon 1 - Feed Me a Story is a transmedia project that encourages the sharing of secret family recipes in a documentary-style food truck, video cookbook and Web application. The filmmakers seek to break down socio-cultural barriers through intergenerational storytelling. As people answer such questions as "What is your favorite childhood food?" and "What food is important to your cultural experience?" the project explores what it means to be American. Feed Me a Story was performed on Ellis Island as part of its first artist-in-residence program.

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Feed Me a Story (POV Hackathon 2)

POV Hackathon 2 - Feed Me a Story is a transmedia project that encourages the sharing of secret family recipes in a documentary-style food truck, video cookbook and Web application.

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Home Unknown

POV Hackathon 6 - This interactive family scrapbook offers you a way to connect with your family in a private space, invite select contributors to view and add to your relative's story, and give your loved ones a personalized keepsake that allows them to see their own lives in new ways and shows them how much they are loved.

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How to Lose Your Virginity

POV Hackathon 2 - How to Lose Your Virginity is an eye-opening feature documentary about the myth and meaning of virginity in American culture. Bridging the chasm between what we're told our first times should be-and what they're really like-will be a digital crowd-sourced storytelling project.

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The Human Experiment

POV Hackathon 2 - The Human Experiment is a documentary about the high-stakes battle to protect our health from the thousands of untested chemicals found in our everyday products. Stop the Experiment is its accompanying mobile app.

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Karachi Circular Railroad

POV Hackathon 5 - This nonlinear interactive documentary immerses viewers with the sights and sounds of Karachi, tracing the path of the defunct Karachi Circular Railroad to explore the city's neighborhoods and topographies.

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Living Los Sures

POV Hackathon 1 - Living Los Sures is a collaboratively produced, interactive documentary that explores the legacy of urban poverty on the increasingly trendy south side of Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. It seeks not only to capture a diverse collection of important and unusual stories from the neighborhood, but also to create new shared histories and relationships among neighbors. For POV's Hackathon, the Living Los Sures team will develop simple, shifting navigational features that work creatively with video assets and start to build a testing environment for artists in the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio.

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Noriginals: Poetastr

POV Hackathon 5 - Noriginals: Poetastr is an automated, rule-based poetry creation tool. Sourcing content from the twitter stream, it allows users to specify lyrical forms. Based on the criteria, poems are generated and streamed to the user as they are created.

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One Way Home

POV Hackathon 5 - Since the 1990′s, a grassroots charity has been reuniting Texans affected by AIDS with their families for what is often their last trip. One Way Home is an interactive documentary that places viewers within the AIDS epidemic though these travelers' stories.

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Portraits of the Enemies

POV Hackathon 3 - Portraits of the Enemies A web-based documentary that juxtaposes portraits of enemy fighters face-to-face by international photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa.

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Problem Me

POV Hackathon 6 - Problem Me is a mobile app that uses user generated videos to address a given problem.

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Refugee Registry

POV Hackathon 3 - Refugee Registry A digital initiative that highlights the plight of refugees with a goal of spurring action.

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Return of the Native: Hawaii

POV Hackathon 6 - Return of the Native: Hawaii is an immersive iPad documentary about restored, rarely seen native Hawaiian forests on the Island of Hawaii via a coming-of-age fiction adventure story. The project is inspired by true stories of endangered Hawaiian flora and fauna told by the local people of Hawaii.

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Return to Elwha

POV Hackathon 3 - Return to Elwha A web-based documentary project that follows the largest dam removal in United States history.

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StoryCorps Audio Slideshows

POV Hackathon 1 - StoryCorps is a national nonprofit organization that provides people of all backgrounds with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives. StoryCorps produces audio segments weekly for NPR and since 2010 has turned a selection of stories into Emmy Award®-nominated animations for POV and the Web. So, what's next? At POV's Hackathon, StoryCorps will begin work on a new Web platform to complement its distinctive audio style.

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V-Card Experience Engine

POV Hackathon 3 - V-Card Experience Engine A digital crowd-sourced storytelling project about the myth and meaning of virginity in American culture.

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The Very Semi-Serious Humor Lab

POV Hackathon 4 - The Very Semi-Serious Humor Lab aims to be an interactive deconstruction of the beloved New Yorker cartoons that will encourage viewers to examine the science, psychology and philosophy of what makes us laugh.

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The Whiteness Project

POV Hackathon 2 - The Whiteness Project is a cross-platform investigation into how white Americans experience their ethnicity. It will live primarily on the Internet and will also have film and art-installation components.

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The World in Ten Blocks

POV Hackathon 6 - The World In Ten Blocks is a first person point of view experience in which the user explores one of the world's most diverse neighbourhoods through the stories of immigrant small business owners and their surroundings.

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