Call for Participant: Hackathon 2
POV (Point of View)
Deadline: December 7, 2012
POV (Point of View), the award-winning independent documentary series celebrating its 25th anniversary on PBS in 2012, is bringing together filmmakers with a digital vision, developers and designers to reinvent the documentary for the web at POV’s Hackathon.
POV is seeking filmmakers with bold vision for web-based nonfiction projects, as well as developers and designers interested in flexing their Web muscles to create working prototypes on an intense deadline. POV will be playing matchmaker, forming 10 project teams that will work together over a single winter weekend to create… something.
POV’s Hackathon is inspired by the “hack days” of the open-source development community and companies such as Facebook and Google. In a traditional hackathon, software coders collaborate outside of the usual corporate constraints in compressed time frames (usually fueled by pizza and energy drinks) to solve a problem. POV’s Hackathon, adds independent producers into the mix, adding their creativity and expertise in social-issue storytelling.
Once matched, the teams participate in a pre-Hackathon orientation session to prepare media (video, photos, data…) and make decisions about software and tools. Then, over two days, the teams work together to produce a working prototype.
At the first POV Hackathon, participants produced prototypes as varied as an iPad app that connects recipes with documentary video stories, a templating system that helped explore the multimedia branches of a documentary from 1984, an animated documentary that updates itself using realtime data from the Web, an online web debate with characters from a documentary, and an audio slideshow powered by live news and events.
Filmmakers may submit nonfiction projects at any stage of production, from concept to post-production.
Developers may bring their own libraries and toolkits, but it’s not a requirement.