The What, Why, Who and How of the Language Policy Hackathon, Part II

The What, Why, Who and How of Language Policy Hackathon, Part II By Eliana Trinaistic, Social Impact Manager Who (The Alliance and Audiences) With some ambiguities around what exactly our hackathon experiment “should be or should deliver,” we needed to find strong and trusting partners. Early in the planning process, we identified a young, immensely competent group of soon-to-be graduates from The Policy Innovation Initiative (Pii) at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public…

The What, Why, Who and How of the Language Policy Hackathon, Part I

By Eliana Trinaistic, Social Impact Manager What Depending on the angle, a policy hackathon could be a simple gathering of interested parties having a conversation about political processes – how policies are being made or articulated. After all, policies are the main instrument of a government’s agenda and the key to public spending. In that context, some see policy hackathons as a disruption to top-down delivery by introducing fresh and creative public input. Hackathons are…

Never heard of a Migrahack? Well, now you have!

Migrahack combines “migration data” with “hackathon.” A hackathon (“hackers” and “marathon”) brings people of various disciplines together with the goal of developing open access digital projects that benefit society. Migrahack is unique because it specifically uses immigration-related data to develop digital projects such as maps, graphics, or databases. Why open access and digital journalism? There is data, and there is also “social” data. Social data is generated by non-profit organizations (NPOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social…