Day One Agenda: #SNDMakes, Boston

This weekend, more than 40 news design leaders are digging in on two focused days of ideation and prototyping for #SNDMakes, Boston. We will be addressing the question, “How might we improve the content-creation experience?”

Throughout the event, we will use a human-centered design process to identify design needs and invent solutions. This facilitated, interactive workshop is for designers, developers, product managers, journalists and students who create digital news content.

For those of you joining us at Upstatement, or for those following along from a distance, here is the agenda for day one of #SNDMakes.

9a: Light breakfast, welcome and introductions

10a: Set goals, define parameters, initial ideation and team formation

Noon: Lunch, beer share and lightning talks

1p: Targeted brainstorming exercises, define MVP

4p: Teams define design challenges, set work plans

6p: Report backs

Throughout the weekend, teams will be using Hackdash to document the ideation and brainstorming phases of addressing our design question. You can also follow individual updates from team members using the hashtag on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

For participants unfamiliar with the Boston area looking for food and drink recommendations, we’ve got you covered! Mike Swartz, one of the Upstatement partners, has put together a list of must-visit Boston picks near our workspace!

My Diner
Southie Central

This place owns cocktail culture in Boston. Some really amazing stuff going on here drinks wise, plus foods (get the burger if you can). Really busy, get in line.

Barrington Coffee
Great spot for a coffee or a small pastry bite. We’ll have their coffee on tap for at least Day 1.

Blue Dragon
Good Asian gastro pub. Expensive cocktails, but tasty food. 

Tavern Road
Great cocktails, great food.

Flour Bakery
Awesome baked goods, sandwiches, coffee, etc.

Nice little mod italian place with great dinner and brunch options. 

Barking Crab
Waterfront seafood joint, lobstah rolls and fried stuff.

Legal Harborside
Good seafoods and straighforward beers and stuff. Kinda touristy.

Legal Test Kitchen 
Legal seafood’s weirder side. Still kind of corporate.

Harpoon Brewery
The Harpoon HQ with a sweet beer garden and *great* pretzels. Brewery tours on Fridays.

You can also reference Miranda Mulligan‘s Boston and Cambridge Foursquare lists.

About Kyle Ellis

is Director of Strategic Programs for SND, and a consultant for American City Business Journals.

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