Posts Tagged ‘Omaha World Herald’

Data competition Hack Omaha returns with one-day format Oct. 13

Hack Omaha, a programming competition focused on the use of government data, returns Oct. 13 with a new format and cast of supporting organizations.

First held over a weekend in April, Hack Omaha is now a 12-hour hackathon pitting teams against each other to build an app using one of three government data sets. The Omaha World-Herald produced the first event, but this time around Metropolitan …

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Q&A: Omaha World-Herald designer on redesign

Today marks the launch of the Omaha World-Herald’s redesigned website, which has been in the works for about a year, according to online team leader Ben Vankat. We conducted an email interview on Wednesday with Vankat (left) about how the new site came to be, challenges presented by the redesign and how it will incorporate, a World-Herald project we’ve covered …

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Food Fight gamifies restaurant ratings, wins Hack Omaha (Video)

Omaha Food Fight, an app that challenges users to guess the cleanliness of local food establishments, won first place over the weekend at the inaugural Hack Omaha, a programming competition, in the style of Startup Weekend, that required teams to base their projects on datasets of public government information.

The event, produced and hosted by the Omaha World-Herald, brought out more than 50 developers, designers, journalists and civic instigators. The World-Herald supplied datasets to the competitors and required each project be, in the spirit of the event, open-sourced. …

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Q&A: Hack Omaha organizer on data, design and a 125-year-old newspaper

The Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska’s oldest and most-read newspaper, is doing something innovative. But don’t go looking for it in the World-Herald’s print product or on its website. Instead, to see it, you’ll need to visit the World-Herald’s offices in downtown Omaha later this month.

From April 13-15, the World-Herald will host Hack Omaha, the area’s first programming competition focused on using public data. Similar to Startup Weekend, the event will run …

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Prairie Portrait: Matt Wynn of the Omaha World-Herald

Silicon Prairie News: What outcomes would you like to see Hack Omaha produce? |

Matt Wynn: When we (at the World-Herald) create something, it’s undoubtedly ours. It answers questions we want asked, it solves problems we think exist. Well, we’re journalists. We’re wired funny. We want to see how the same basic goal — make something neat out of local data — can be interpreted by folks with entirely different backgrounds. Plus, this stuff makes Omaha better. We truly hope to come out with a handful of new tools that make this an easier place to live. |

SPN: As someone who has worked in data journalism for years and even taught classes on the subject, what are some rules of thumb for distilling raw data …

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World-Herald to host programming competition Hack Omaha in April

Over the past year, the Omaha World-Herald has released a number of noteworthy projects that make use of public data. Now, staff members of the state’s most-read daily newspaper and website are inviting the public into their newsroom to hack on that data with them.
The inaugural Hack Omaha, a weekend programming competition during which participants will be challenged to turn a local dataset of public government information into …

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Gig Bits: Connecting dots between Google moves in Council Bluffs, KC

For a project that’s expected to enable uploads and downloads at ultra-fast speeds, Google Fiber has come into focus at a plodding pace.

But thanks to reports that surfaced over the weekend and early this week, people are beginning to connect the dots between recent Google activity in two Silicon Prairie hubs.

First, several outlets reported over the weekend that Google had submitted an amended application to the Federal Communications Commission for permission to build an antenna farm on the same …

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