Video: SNDMakes-Chicago Invitational talks about their prototypes

In less than three days of design sprinting, our interdisciplinary teams of gamers, artists, designers, developers, editors, researchers, educators and students collaborated on seven ideas that responded to “How might we grow community around games, the artists who make them, the fans that love them?” at our very first SNDMakes Invitational in Chicago.

We are excited to share the SNDMakes Chicago Invitational wrap-up video by former Northwestern U. Knight Lab (event host) fellow Katherine Nagasawa. This video would not have been possible without the support from our community, event partner, hosts and scholarship funders. For news about future SNDMakes and other events, follow SND on Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo or Facebook and consider supporting programs like this one by becoming a member.

ICYMI: Find the list of SNDMakes-Chi makers prototyping for games media and gamers this weekend and find more about our inaugural SNDMakes Invitational, including a mid-sprint update and written event recap complete with links to demos, repos and presentations.

This was our fifth SNDMakes rapid-prototyping, design sprint event with previous ones in Indianapolis, Boston, D.C. and most recently in Austin.

Follow along April 4-6, 2016, for our sixth event at the Code for America headquarters, located in San Francisco’s South of Market District:

Thank you!: Chicago event partner, hosts and funders

On the weekend of Feb. 5-7, 2016, we worked out of Chicago’s historic Bucktown neighborhood and took over every inch of the Cards Against Humanity‘s amazing office space plus we kicked-off this now successful event with a social hour at Pitchfork Media. We found an excellent partnership with the inspiring Cards Against Humanity team and could not have pulled it all together without our amazing Chicago-event hosts: Codepen, Medill School and Northwestern U. Knight Lab, and Pitchfork Media.

We are grateful for the ongoing SNDMakes program support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and our scholarship funders: Dow Jones News Fund, Scripps Howard Foundation, and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. The SNDMakes community would not exist without their support.

Are you interested in becoming a future SNDMakes event partner or event host?
Our partners are exactly as the word implies, they help to design the event as well as provide space, some materials, production and co-communication support. Our event hosts provide necessary funds for production support and much more. For example, past event hosts have helped to provide the event’s five meals, snacks and beverages, evening team-building activities, materials and technology.

Without the support of our generous event partners and hosts, scholarship funders and sponsorship we could not offer SNDMakes to the most friendly and engaged community in the journalism and media technology circles.

We’d love for more to get involved. Please contact us at sndmakes [at] gmail for more information.

Join us! And, more about SNDMakes events and team

The Society’s SNDMakes events are about community, not competition. SNDMakes events are not “hackathons,” though we do produce workable prototypes in less than three days. Read our FAQs or check out some great posts from our makers such as Codepen founder Chris Coyier, Upstatement’s Mike Swartz, TheSkimm’s Dheerja Kaur, and plenty on the Vox Product team blog.

Find us out in the wild and follow along: #SNDMakes, Instagram, Facebook. Send us an email at sndmakes [at] gmail, or directly to:

  • Ramla Mahmood, Designer at Vox Media. SND board member, Diversity director and SNDMakes co-director.
  • Miranda Mulligan, Consultant and innovation events producer. News design veteran. SND board member and SNDMakes co-director.
  • Adam Schweigert, Product at Institute for Nonprofit News. SNDMakes technology manager.
  • Kyle Ellis, Director of Strategic Programs, Society For News Design.
  • Stephen Komives, Executive Director, Society For News Design.

For news about future SNDMakes and other events, follow SND on Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo or Facebook and consider supporting programs like this one by becoming a member.

About SNDMakes

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

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