A while back Jenny 8 Lee turned us onto Hacks & Hackers, a national organization that brings together journalists and technologists in the interest of evolving media.
We recently presented Tableau Public to the New York chapter, and heads up Chicago! We'll be out there on December 1st while we're on the Tableau 6.0 Roadshow.
So when Sharon Chan at The Seattle Times told us she was starting a Seattle chapter we jumped on board. The inaugural event is tonight in Capitol Hill from 6 to 8 pm. Several of us from the Tableau Public team will be there-- fresh from our Tableau 6 launch party and in good form, I hope. If you're in the area, come on by Havana. If you're not, check out the Hacks and Hackers website for an event near you.
From tonight's invitation:
If you're a journalist who cares about technology and the future of media, you should come. If you're a technologist who cares about journalism and the future of media, you should come. Journalists call themselves "hacks," someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code. Hacker-journalists try and bridge the two worlds.
Hacks/Hackers Seattle will bring all these people together -- those who are working to help people make sense of their world. It's for hackers exploring technologies to filter and visualize information, and for journalists who use technology to find and tell stories. In the age of information overload, all their work has become even more crucial.
We aim to help members find inspiration and think in new directions, bringing together potential collaborators for projects and new ventures.