Come invent tools that promote community at SNDMakes Austin

The Society for News Design is thrilled to announce applications are now open for the fourth SNDMakes cohort in Austin, Texas.

‘Makes’ is the Society’s boutique prototyping event — think carefully-designed-dinner-party, not hackathon free-for-all — that uses principles of design-thinking to create solutions for modern news and media companies.

Join us in Austin, the weekend of November 13-15, 2015, as the SNDMakes team partners with Statesman Media. We’ll be tackling the question, “How might we design tools that build community?” with a focus on ways to strengthen relationships between media organizations and the audiences they serve.

During our 2.5 days together, we’ll not only build prototypes, but we’ll also build relationships with some of the brightest minds in media — designers, engineers, journalists and product managers alike. Whether you’re an experienced developer or a technology n00b, our event format ensures that anyone with a passion for media and a desire to collaborate can make meaningful contributions to a team.

To learn more about what SNDMakes is all about you could read our FAQs, but we think past participants like Dheerja, and the Vox Product team paint a pretty great picture of what you can expect from our time together.

Applications are due Monday, September 14, at 9 a.m. EST.

45 participants will be accepted into this cohort, and notifications will be sent out on Thursday, September 17. Registration will be complete after selected participants purchase an event ticket. Note we also offer partial scholarships for students and professionals that can demonstrate need.

The details, in short:

  • What: SNDMakes: “How might we design tools to build community?”
  • When: November 13-15, 2015; applications due Monday, September 7
  • Cost: $50 for SND members, $100 for non-members, $150 for registration and one-year SND membership (Registration includes five meals, snacks and supplies)
  • Where: The Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin, Texas
  • Event hotel: Hyatt Regency Austin (discounted rate of $249/night)

Current and past SNDMakes events have been made possible through generous support from organizations like the Dow Jones News Fund, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Scripps Howard Foundation.

(Photo by KnowsPhotos, used under a creative commons license.)