Final Match at the World Cup of Innovation

16 April 2014

Laure Nouraout @LaureNouraout

This June, there will be another World Cup: The World Cup of Innovation. All the winning Editors Lab teams will gather in Barcelona for the Editors Lab Hackdays Final. This event is the finish line for a marathon season of 14 international Hackdays in the last eight months with three more to go.  Evangeline de Bourgoing, Programme Manager at GEN, tells us more.

What will happen during these final Hackdays?

The second season of Editors Lab started last August at Clarín in Buenos Aires and will end at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, in Berlin this May. During each event, around 10 teams compete over two days to come up with a prototype of a news application and we select a winner. Each team is composed of a journalist, a designer and a developer who represent a newspaper or other media platform. All the winners are invited to compete again at the Hackdays Final at the GEN Summit 2014. This world cup of innovation will gather la crème de la crème of digital media innovators. They will prove that innovation is back in the newsroom.

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Who are the teams?

So far we have teams from La Nación, Bolchoi Gorod, Mediafin, New York Daily News, Vocento, Market Watch WSJ, Radio France, La Repubblica, The Sunday Times, The Times, La Vanguardia, Akhbarak and Wirtualna Polska. To this list, we will add the winners from the upcoming Hackdays in  Nigeria, Germany, Scotland and Ireland. By bringing together participants with such diverse cultural backgrounds and skill-sets, we hope to foster the exchange of ideas for more innovative thinking. Participants have a rare opportunity to share and benefit from each other's best practices. Here, teams will be able to access new ideas without the usual obstacles of language barriers and time constraints.

What is the theme?

I'm going to keep the suspense intact! The theme will only be disclosed one week before the Hackdays Final. We are hoping that this competition will give rise to meaningful apps. We are not looking for gadgets that will be obsolescent within weeks. We are looking for apps that are fulfilling a real need and have the potential to serve the public in the long term.

See also: NewsBeam: Redesign the News