SXSW Interactive 2014
How to Hack Hacking: Make the World a [freespace]
Hackathons are getting out of control. However, this flood of 48 hour frantic coding sessions are spawning national and global collaborations resulting in not just new apps and projects (and a job opportunity in the case of one of the speakers) but also lasting social change.
[ freespace ] was able to obtain a lease for a 14,000 sq ft building for $1 for the month of June, and showed the possibility of civic improvement and community-building when people have a space to come together in and share, collaborate, and create.
Despite this deluge of short, international shots of weekend collaboration, desired social change needs a lot of time and the inclusion of a cross section of planetary shareholders to occur. The [ freespace ] model of collaboration uses the power that the community holds to transform a neighbourhood by activating empty space. Hear from our panelists on how the [ freespace ] is helping to revolutionise collaboration as we know it.
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- How can local, community based collaboration be used as tools for social change?
- Why is a diverse cross-section of well-invested participants necessary for successful collaboration?
- Why has the [ freespace ] model of collaboration been successful in driving social change within communities and how can it be leveraged in future events?
- What can you, the hackathon organiser, do to make your event stand out from the sea of mass collaborations?
- What will hackathons look like in the future?
Sam Wilkinson, Data Science Intern, NASA