Jute[bar], [Ideas] Jam, and Journalism – #productDundee finds its #MoJo

What a day!

24 hours with @cyberdees and @thornet in Dundee – the day that Mozilla came to town….

After four weeks of skype chats / emaila / txt / twitter DMs and avoiding hurricane storms and volcanic ash clouds Desigan Chinniah and Michelle Thorne meet up in Dundee’s Jute bar – for the start of 24 hours of idea jamming on design technology and journalism.

With over 150 people registered we had a great turnout of designers (60%), technologists (30%) and journalists (10%) [note to ed. not scientific, but how I remember the hand-showing at the start of the day….]. Dees [with a 24-hour avatar of Dundees] kicked things off with the MoJo news innovation challenges followed by Devon Walche asking us to think about the qualitative experience of news – and demonstrates that we in the bloggershere REALLY don’t like to be told what to do at reddit.com.

So we want to be is independent. But what about the independence of news. What makes news, news? Paul Egglestone’s inspirational and motivational talk about what makes news news starts with the 101 of journalism that “News has to be new!”. And then goes on a journey from hyper-local to global news and what it means to be a journalist. He finishes on the future role of journalism – with an upbeat future forecast that we have never needed journalism than we have today, showing how citizen journalists have been working in communities such as the Callon and Fishwick estate in Preston – with the example of Insight Journalism on the Bespoke Project.

And that was the scene set. Next-up – the ‘jammers’ get to work on Irn Bru, Pizza and Ideas.

The ideas count is not yet in – we’re still counting! But we had 100s of ideas – with 1000s of post-it notes, 120 sharpies and 1600 post-cards capturing thoughts, posing questions while going on and off brief to the challenges set.

I’ll follow up with an ‘evaluative’ post about the day soon, but some of the initial trends of ideas on the day were

From explorations of how navigate to a fantastic Anatomy of a Comment Thread, but also ideas about when/how a comment can become the story itself.

The Shape of News
I posed this question earlier in the day – to get people to think beyond the rectangle – with an emergence that news is round…. discuss.

How can we integrate the crowd experiences?

We’re starting to upload – so check out the ideas as they emerge on the #MoJo submission page.

And then the original firestarter -@CyberDees got lining up the drinks….

Knight-Mozilla Ideas Jam – comes to Dundee 27th May

Knight-Mozilla  Ideas Jam
University of Dundee
Friday 27th May, 2011 – 09.30 – 18-00
Hosted by Product Design Dundee with Hack/Hackers Edinburgh
Meet DJCAD, Perth Road, Dundee, DD1 4HT

Book now – http://mojodundee.eventbrite.com/

Qualify directly for a yearlong paid fellowship at the Guardian, the BBC and other major news outlets by entering your idea during the jam…..


Mozilla and the Knight-foundation are coming to town for the day. It’s big.

Are you a designer or an artist or a technologist and a creative and want to change the world of news and journalism? Then read on…..

Product Design at the University of Dundee, Mozilla and Hack/Hackers Edinburgh are hosting a one-day workshop to generate ideas about the future of news and journalism for the Knight-Mozilla challenge. Why – because they want to make the web a better place…. and they’re looking for the smartest people on the planet to put into paid fellowships with the world’s leading news organisations – the BBC, The Guardian, The Boston Globe and other major news players. Can art and design change the way the world looks at news – we think you can?

Good at ideas but don’t know about journalism? Don’t worry – we’re kicking off with experts in news, journalism and technology, who will give you everything you need to know to be a journo for a day.

Mozilla are shouting the Pizza and Beers – Product will shout the Irn Bru (we’ll let them know what it is when they get here) – you’re shouting the best ideas you’ve ever had for changing news….

The day will end with an upload of ideas to enter the challenge – make sure your name is on a load of them….

The Challenges

#1 How can we use open video to tell stories on the web in news ways?
#2 How can we reinvent online news discussions?
#3 How can we tap the HTML5 web platform for news?

Day plan

09.30 Coffee / Irn Bru

10.00 Kick off

10.30 Digital-Journo for the day Paul Egglestone and Michael MacLeod joining us from the Guardian for the day.

11.30 Flip Out

  • Go out in teams and make 30 second shorts of the challenges – could be real, could be fictional, could be an animation – just make films that make you think about the challenges. Bring Flips/iPhones/Androids/Whatever-to-make-a-film…

12.30 Pizza and view Flip Outs

  • Project Flip Outs on walls / show on your laptops / phones / or TVs…

14.00 Idea Gen

  • Make hundreds of ideas on the challenges

16.30 Drinks – review – upload

  • Upload your #MoJo challenges for a chance to qualify for that dream internship

18.00 end… or go to the pub – your call?

And finally… the fantastic people at Mozilla are providing the beer and the pizzas!

Get in touch

  • j.rogers@dundee.ac.uk or @ileddigital. Booking will be available in the coming days.