Europe's First Newsgames Hackathon
The New York Times’ most popular story of 2013 was not an article. It was an interactive quiz. The Times They Are A-Changin. Games as the defining medium of the 21st century are obviously starting to disrupt journalism.
In order to accelerate this process the independent game studio 'The Good Evil' and the Cologne Game Lab, an institute of the Cologne University of Applied Science, are organising Europe's first Newsgames Hackathon in Cologne, Germany on May 6th/7th. Dr. Tomas Rawlings from 'Game The News' will hold a keynote.
Journalists, programmers and game designers are invited to conceptualise and produce working prototypes in 48 hours. The results will then be presented one day later at 'Clash of Realities', an internationally acclaimed games conference.
The young genre has already been tried out worldwide by innovative media companies like The New York Times, Huffington Post, Wired, BBC, Channel 4, The Guardian or Le Monde.
Attendance to the event is free. Anyone intersted can apply online until March 20th here: http://newsgames-hackathon.tumblr.com/apply
'In a clear distinction to classical linear approaches Newsgames allow the interactive experience of content and are very well suited to explain systems', says Marcus Bösch. The german journalist and co-founder of The Good Evil is the Hackathon's initiator.
For several years he has been busy exploring Newsgames. After having given workshops, talks and media apperances on the topic he – together with his game studio – has designed PRISM - The Game: Germany‘s very first Newsgame, published by Arte Future.
PLEASE NOTE: Participants from Austria or Switzerland can apply for a scholarship that covers travelling and hotel costs thanks to the 'Neue Zürcher Zeitung' (NZZ) and the 'Forum Journalismus und Medien' in Vienna. Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster is the main media partner of the event.