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Philly Tech Week and the News Innovation Hackathon

Posted on April 23, 2012 by Adam Kalsey

Once again, Tropo will be in Philadelphia attending Philly Tech Week events and presenting the Hackathon at BarCamp News Innovation (BCNI).

Tropo’s sponsoring the Media and Transparency Track at Tech Week, and we’re looking forward to a great week of events. From robotics to open government to startups to interactive art, there’s a little something for everyone. Heck, there’s even some lock picking workshops.

On Friday night, Tropo will have a table at the Signature Event, so be sure and stop by and say hello. Then on Saturday, come hack the news at the BarCamp hackathon. We’re going to be helping development teams create tools to help improve how citizens get news about their city, both by improving citizen access to information and creating ways for journalists to create better news, faster. Like any good hackathon, there will be prizes. Over $3000 worth of prizes in fact.

Not sure what to build? BCNI has been doing some early brainstorming and have 5 ideas for your projects. There will also be an idea generation session in the morning, and if you’re still drawing a blank, there’s sure to be a team or two in need of your skills. Just show up and let people know what you can do – we’ll find a spot for you.

Want to meet up this week in Philly? Come visit us at the hackathon on Saturday, stop by our table at the Signature Event on Friday evening, or hit Adam up on Twitter at @akalsey or by email at

Hackathon image coutesy of BarCamp News Innovation

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