In less than three days of rapid-prototyping and over 140 cups of coffee, twenty-six 20-inch pizzas, six dozen donuts and bagel sandwiches, and 140 tacos, we have now closed our very first SNDMakes Invitational in Chicago. This was our fifth SNDMakes design sprint, with previous ones in Indianapolis, Boston, D.C. and most recently in Austin. Find the list of SNDMakes-Chi makers prototyping for games media and gamers this weekend and find more about our inaugural SNDMakes Invitational, including a mid-sprint update and project summaries: snd.org/topics/sndmakeschi/
Thank you! Chicago event partner, hosts and funders
On the weekend of Feb. 5-7, 2016, we worked out of Chicago’s historic Bucktown neighborhood and took over every inch of the Cards Against Humanity‘s amazing office space plus we kicked-off this now successful event with a social hour at Pitchfork Media. We found an excellent partnership with the inspiring Cards Against Humanity team and could not have pulled it all together without our amazing Chicago-event hosts: Codepen, Medill School and Northwestern U. Knight Lab, and Pitchfork Media.
We are grateful for the ongoing SNDMakes program support from Knight Foundation and our scholarship funders: Dow Jones News Fund, Scripps Howard Foundation, and Excellence in Ethics and Journalism Foundation. The SNDMakes community would not exist without their support.
Are you interested in becoming a future SNDMakes event partner or event host?
SNDMakes is the most culturally diverse, information design and technology event … period. We want to be known as the most engaged, friendliest and most considerate community. All teams are cross-disciplinary and multi-functional. As a technology-focused event series, we are proud to report our community (broadly), as well as each of the participant cohorts, meets gender parity consistently and is over 50 percent non-white.
Our partners are exactly as the word implies, they help to design the event as well as provide space, some materials, production and co-communication support. Our event hosts provide necessary funds for production support and much more. For example, past event hosts have helped to provide the event’s five meals, snacks and beverages, evening team-building activities, materials and technology.
Without the support of our generous event partners and hosts, scholarship funders and sponsorship we could not offer SNDMakes to the most friendly and engaged community in the journalism and media technology circles.
We’d love for more to get involved. Please contact us at sndmakes [at] gmail for more information.
The Society’s SNDMakes events are about community, not competition. SNDMakes events are not “hackathons,” though we do produce workable prototypes in less than three days. Read our FAQs: SND.org/SNDMakes/
Contact us out in the wild and follow along: #SNDMakes, Instagram, Facebook. Send us an email at sndmakes [at] gmail, or directly to:
• Ramla Mahmood, Designer at Vox Media. SND board member, Diversity director and SNDMakes co-director.
• Miranda Mulligan, Consultant and innovation events producer. News design veteran. SND board member and SNDMakes co-director.
• Adam Schweigert, Product at Institute for Nonprofit News. SNDMakes technology manager.
• Kyle Ellis, Director of Strategic Programs, Society For News Design.
• Stephen Komives, Executive Director, Society For News Design.
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