idea + experiment + testing = wow

A hackathon? What the heck is that? It’s a pressure cooker, in which interdisciplinary teams co-create prototypes for online projects. Hackathons have taken the world by a storm and evolved, transitioning from a stereotypical computer programming weekend with energy drinks and pizza, into a place where coders and non-coders are figuring out the future of the web while learning by doing. Our hackathons especially caters to and is focused on media and journalism with a strong content component.

We see experts like journalists, developers and designers are still working in separate worlds, unable to speak each other’s languages. They rarely really work together simultaneously from the beginning of a project. We believe that we need to bridge this gap and bring these professionals together to increase understanding and foster collaboration to innovate in the field of digital and interactive storytelling.

Learning by doing

Hackathons are great for experimentation and finding new perspectives on ideas and concepts. By building your idea quickly you’ll discover the bigger challenges for the long run of your project. Besides the practical positives, it’s a great place to be. Generating a creative atmosphere with like minded dare devils is one of the crucial aspects to get something done.

We’re working towards a masterplan to develop multiple hackathons sessions to – ideally – guide and support beginning projects towards finish. Share the knowledge, open up the conversation between different digital, technical & creative disciplines and explore what interactive & digital storytelling could be in the future. Check out our projects made.

Contact us

An editor in chief of a national news station thought we were a secret society. Maybe we are… But you can reach us via info@hackastory.com. Or try it via Twitter, our Facebook group or Instagram.

The Team

Albertine Piels (@albertinepiels) is the director of Hackastory. She just quit her job as an editor in chief at the Dutch national news station RTLZ so she can fully focus on Hackastory. Albertine has 15 years of experience in journalism, always with a strong focus on online media. After having lived and worked in New York City, Madrid, Vienna, Brussels and Cairo she’s back in the Netherlands, living in the middle of nowhere (with an extremely good internet connection).

Nienke Huitenga (@wzzzt) is a lecturer at a communication and multimedia design program and a transmedia producer. She designed the online media strategy for interactive projects Human Birdwings and The Modular Body of visual artist Floris Kaayk. Both stories went viral and are viewed tens of million times. She recently was awarded with a Gouden Kalf for best interactive work with The Modular Body.

Lieke van der Rijk is a communication and multimedia designer specializing in creating experiences through audio and visual storytelling. She’s working on the branding and design of Hackastory and its products. Also, as a tattoo enthusiast, she loves to do some designing on her own body.

As a coder Hay Kranen uses web technologies like HTML5 and Javascript to explore the boundaries of the medium, operating on the thin line between art, technology and narrative. Hay worked as a frontend developer for VPRO, a Dutch public broadcaster, and as a Wikipedian in Residence for the National Library of the Netherlands. Now he works as a newsroom developer at de Volkskrant, the leading quality newspaper in the Netherlands.

And more

We also have a good network of freelance coders, designers and storytellers who love to work on new projects, have fun with rapid prototyping, creative coding and building the future of journalism.