1st Hangout – Organize and Plan

We held our first Hangout on 1/17 with only a few technical difficulties. This should be an effective way to communicate virtually throughout the semester. We have several aggressive goals for this semester: Content for SXTXState – before and during event SXTXState.com site redesign Ushahidi mobile app to report and map our participation and others Social promotion and our own events (in-person meetups, guest speakers, hackathon, Taco Party) So, we spent a good amount of time on the call talking about the original previews students have already made of SXSW participants. These are being shared on the sxtxstate.com site as we continue with the redesign. We also spent time discussing design options, and we are currently in the process of applying the redesign, new logo, new theme, and associated adjustments. We also have to update our branding on social media. Students each have a responsibility area in addition to their regular reporting. These areas are: design, social, ushahidi/mobile development, multimedia/mobile reporting, textual content. Students are completely responsible for their areas, soliciting feedback from the rest of the team. This is working out well so far. Tonight, we will be having our 2nd Hangout, with guest speaker Amy Schmitz-Weiss. Amy used Continue reading 1st Hangout – Organize and Plan

Advanced Graduate Classes this semester at TXST

This semester, I have the pleasure of working with our graduate students on two advanced classes. I am using this semester to push forward our curriculum both in the areas of data visualization and mobile development. On this site, you will see the course materials as they develop for the SXTXState project. This is the 6th year of this project, and we are changing things up a bit. We hand selected five participants to maximize their time preparing and attending SXSW. We will begin posting content on the SXTXState.com site very soon. A new aspect of this course is the grant we received from AEJMC and the Knight Foundation to work on a mobile platform using Ushahidi. You can see more about the project under the Knight Grant Info tab on this site. We are very fortunate to have this support for the project.  I will plan to use this blog to record our activities throughout the semester, share tips and ideas as well as code, as to what we develop. We will be discussing the strategy and implementation of a mobile platform that we and our networks can use during SXSW to crowd-source and share the story of the Continue reading Advanced Graduate Classes this semester at TXST