Meet the makers prototyping ‘community’ in Austin, November 13-15

We are thinking about tools that promote community at SNDMakes Austin, in partnership with Statesman Media. Thanks to the generous support of our event hosts — Alley Interactive, CodePen, OwnLocal and Vox Media — and of scholarship sponsors — Dow Jones, EEJF and Scripps Howard — by the end of a 2.5-day, rapid prototyping sprint, the design teams will showcase their ideas starting at 11 a.m. central time, Sunday, Nov. 15. Follow along: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.

We are thrilled to announce the cohort tackling our community tools question – How might we design tools that build community? – and a group of whom represent nearly 30 different organizations, over half are local to Austin:

Event partner and support

Statesman Media, is the Cox Media-owned publisher of,, Ahora Si, and the brand new Find them at @Statesman.

Scholarships made possible by Dow Jones News Fund, Knight Foundation, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and Scripps Howard Foundation.

Official event hosts:

SNDMakes Austin team

Event planning and production was made possible by:

  • Steve Dorsey, vice president of innovation at Austin American-Statesman and past-president of SND. Find him at @dorsey.
  • Kyle Ellis, product development manager at The Business Journals and SND board member. Find him at @KyleEllis.
  • Ramla Mahmood, designer at Vox Media and SND board member. Find her at @ramoved.
  • Miranda Mulligan, digital specialist, news design veteran and SND board member. Find her at @jmm.

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Did you hear? SND receives record grant from Knight Foundation
With this Knight funding, we will be expanding the SNDMakes program to include putting in some very necessary program management infrastructure, as well as grow our current SNDMakes program. Please take a moment to thank Knight Foundation for their support, as well as our Society’s executive director, Stephen Komives, and past presidents David Kordalski and Matt Mansfield.

About SNDMakes

is a series of collaborative, prototyping events focused on digital media design and community.

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