Below are outcomes from break-out groups discuss how to sustain collaboration after the hackfest
Blog posts! Give a Hacks/Hackers and/or Ignite talk to follow-up with #hacktoberfest. Promote through other professional outlets.
Something NICAR list-esque. / Help list. EJC Community Pages? Google groups? Email list? Micro-newsletter? #wjchat | Twitter room, topic-based? --> pipe into Roundtable.
Follow-up collaboration, how best to facilitate this? G+ hangouts? BBB -- Use for presentations, etc. Monthly sessions of learning. http://www.skillshare.com/
How can MoJo facilitate? #hacktoberfest -- test group of users for projects and iterations. Dev match-matching. :) Have MoJo plug into Hacks/Hackers for this matchmaking. Hack looking for a hacker. Dev budgets? Tap into open source community. Civic-minded, etc.
Try to do all the dev for a single project.
Peer-curated awards / ego recognition?
Constant stream of news source. Virtual conferences. Video, citizen journalism, best practices section. --> Global melt.
Include people from not just here. Post to P2PU.
- Spawn similar hackathons (Dan: MIT Center for Civic Media hackathon? Saleem: Knowledge Media Design Institute, Strategic Innovation Lab)
- Create regional meetups, piggyback on existing meetups (Hacks/Hackers, etc. Saleem: Regional activity is the only way to keep momentum going), create affinity groups within our organizations
- Some way to set up alerts when others in the network are nearby – Google Latitude?
- Reach out again to original 60 Learning Lab participants to make sure that the MoJo network stays strong and expands
- Circle around with larger group of participants who submitted ideas
- Look at different ways to keep in touch online: biweekly hangouts, (or maybe monthly), IRC? – start two weeks from now
- Shared calendar of events relevant to MoJo
- RSS feed instead of email? (Does Google Groups have this?)
What the group can do
- Register domain names
- Create/maintain Google groups
- Web survey to see whose moving forward with their project
- Recommendation engine – skill set engine / talent database (Expand on Chris’ Fusion Table project)
What Mozilla can do
- Option to set up our own skils/lecture sessions (BBB access)
- More competitive collaboration ideas, awards, recognition (offer even more incentives to generate ideas and work together. Saleem: X-prize for news.)
- Providing showcase space online as well as server space
- Traveling roadshow – create a document or presentation that makes it easy to show off MoJo work at conferences, meetups, etc.
- Make it easy for fellows to collaborate with MoJo non-fellows
- By keeping the meetings topical (e.g. a meeting about business models, another about comments, another about news apps) we can probably keep people more motivated to attend, as well as leading to smaller, more focused groups that have a bigger chance of actually having meaningful discussions.
- Schedule regular meetings for (short) updates.
- Use Etherpad for collecting topics and use these collected topics to schedule meetings.
- Open up meetings to guests, so people with relevant skill sets or expertise can be involved. This will work especially well in tandem with focused, topical meetings.
- We don't think there's one universal way to keep the projects going, it'll have to be figured out on a case-by-case basis.
- If MoJo nominees and laureates are supposed to evangelize new ways of doing journalism and using technology in journalism, it'd be really lovely if Mozilla could support us in bringing that message to different audiences, primarily through chipping in for travel costs when one of us is speaking at a Barcamp, Hackathon, Meetup or what-not.
Keeping the gang going
- If the fusion table with all our coordinates could be extended to also include everybody's expertise (which we kind of know from Hacktoberfest, but not fully), we could form some sort of pool of collaborators, either to exchange thoughts or help each other out every once in a while, taking advantage of the different talents of everybody.
- Is there some sense in us serving as mentors for next year's participants, and maybe join in next year's hackfest for a day?