Developers and journalists descended upon San Francisco this past weekend to see what kind of news apps they could develop in the space of 48 hours. The project whipped up 12 different apps and the winners of the competition were “Who’s Reppin’ Me?”, an app that found your geolocation and showed your state representatives based on your location and how to contact them via Twitter and “Citizen Kid News” that shows news pertaining to kids.
Along with these winners, the 80 participants created apps centered around news quiz creation, photography tools, and a recipe creation tool.
Burt Herman, a former Stanford Knight Fellow, is the brainchild of the operation and has been hosting the Hacks/Hackers meetups for several months now. “We’ve seen a lot of talk about the future of journalism,” Herman told WebNewser. “Now we have people saying we need to experiment and innovate. But you can’t just talk about it all the time. You have to do it.”
The next event will be held in New York City and is set to feature journalists from the New York Times.