Why should you participate in Media Shift’s Bots and Chatbots hackathon? Mignon Fogarty has some thoughts.

Why should you participate in Media Shift’s Bots and Chatbots hackathon? Mignon Fogarty has some thoughts.

The 4th Annual Journalism School Media Shift Hackathon is rapidly approaching and you might be thinking to yourself – “why should I spend a weekend of my life in the InNEVation center messing around with bots, I can’t even code.” Good news, you don’t need to code and the weekend promises to be a fun, exciting and challenging learning experience for participants.

After Colin Loretz of the Reno Collective gave a guest lecture that students loved about bots and Nieman Lab predicted that bots will be one of the hottest journalism trends in 2017, we knew we had to have a bot hackathon!

Here’s Amy Webb talking about the top tech trends at last year’s Online News Association conference.

Don’t be intimidated by the name “hackathon” though—this isn’t a coding event. This is a startup brainstorming event that is more like a Startup Weekend. You’ll form student teams, have a faculty or industry mentor, learn about bots, and then come up with a business idea you’ll prototype, test and pitch to judges. Someone will win.

Journalism students from at least 11 different schools are coming to UNR to learn and compete. A bot developer from Facebook and the director of business development at ProPublica are just two of the great mentors we have lined up. Sign up now to reserve your space at this amazing event.

Registration is free for UNR students with the code UNRCOMP.

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