By Nina Månsson
A hackathon is an event where developers meet to program and explore ideas, concepts or test a prototype by programming. It’s been a tradition of our Infomaker acquisition, and we’re working toward incorporating it into our company as a whole.
On April 4 and 5, Newscycle’s Infomaker hosted a hackathon in conjunction with Gräv 2019. It lasted 20 hours and four new plugins are on their way from developers. The plugins are not ready to use quite yet, but the collaboration led to the addition of great functionality to our authoring tools, that in turn can increase the efficiency in the writing process.
Let’s briefly highlight the new plugins that the teams worked on in Kalmar.
Fotoware’s developers worked intensely with Infomaker developers to create a Fotoware plugin that, besides being an image provider, added information of how many times the image had been used before. It also verified the source of the image. This is an especially useful tool for dealing with fake news and factualness.
The Danish wire and image provider did fast progress in their plugin development to our Writer solution and could demonstrate a plugin that included text from the wire news and images with metadata with some technical improvements.
Knowing Company elaborated on a hack for news interaction with chat and voice now and in the future. Klas Ehnemark adapted their Aistorian technique so it could interact with a written news-article instead in our Writer solution. Aistorian lets you interact with historical people or items in Kalmar by means of a unique collaboration with the museum in Kalmar county.
Stampen worked with features to improve the creation of longer stories in our Writer solution.
North Media A/S
North Media A/S came to Kalmar with hardly any plugin development experience, but with great interest in Writer’s plugin-making capabilities. They left the Hackathon with a good start for a plugin to their image tool at Söndagsavisen in Denmark.
The Newscycle plugin support at the hackathon
Anyone who has been at a hackathon knows it’s an intense experience. At the hackathon, we provided our own experts to help each other and the teams. We made sure that the hackers had access to relevant environments and API’s.
Interesting facts about the hackathon
- On-site was one of the providers of Acta Publica API, a service that provides a public access document archive, hoping to support hacks to make journalists doing research in a more efficient way.
- There were 12 teams working on apps.
- The coffee machine provided us with 238 cups of coffee, plus the coffee we got from the prepared coffee in thermoses.