By Abiodun Alade
In preparation for its two-day final Hackathon at its Summit in Barcelona, Spain, Global Editors Network, GEN, will hold Nigeria’s edition of the Editors Lab hack days on April 29-30 in Lagos.
The event, sponsored by Google, will gather around ten teams representing a variety of media platforms (print, digital, broadcast), to develop digital tools for journalists with the theme; “New ways to cover elections online and through social media.”
According to GEN, each team will include a journalist, a developer and a designer, who will strive to build a working prototype of a news application or digital service during the event.
“The three-person team would include a journalist, a developer, and a designer. Together, they will strive to build a working prototype of a news app or digital service during the event.
According to the organiser, no previous work or preparation is needed for participating in the event to be hosted by Vanguard Media Ltd.
The Editors Lab is a worldwide series of hackdays hosted by some of the world’s leading newsrooms, which concludes in an international two-day final Hackathon at the GEN Summit, on 11-13 June 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
It aims at directly addressing the need for more collaborative innovation in newsrooms, facilitating the generation of new ideas while providing ‘best practice’ mentoring from industry leaders.