Been working on this for the last few weeks, and I’m excited to finally announce my latest event for developers:
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Developers to gather at the Guardian to reshape the world through technology
Guardian News & Media (GNM), today announced the launch of the Guardian’s inaugural Activate hack.
As part of this year’s Activate Summit in London, the Guardian and Rewired State have partnered with Nokia and BlueVia to bring you (H)activate – a cause-led hack running at the Guardian’s headquarters in Kings Cross on the weekend of the 18th and 19th June.
Activate is the Guardian’s platform for people working with the internet and its associated technologies, to change the world for the better.
Through events in London and New York and across our online platform at guardian.co.uk/activate, Activate gathers together many of the world’s leading thinkers and doers to discuss how we build a more connected and collaborative planet.
(H)activate will give developers the chance to get involved in a key Guardian project with a global reach.
The ultimate aim of (H)activate is to apply our community’s vision and creativity to areas that market forces wouldn’t normally reach. What we hope to facilitate is a meeting of minds where we challenge some of the brightest developers to construct real-world applications that can improve people’s lives.
If you are keen to take up this challenge or simply wish to find out more about (H)activate and Activate visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/activate
Alan Rusbridger said: “Technology is providing us with near limitless opportunities, combined with countless challenges. It is reshaping almost every aspect of our lives, and it is for this generation to recraft the ways in which information is created and spread.”
“Rewired State’s involvement with Activate London 2011 will help make sure that developers are right at the heart of the technological and social innovation that Activate promotes.” John Bevan – Rewired State
James Parton, Head of Marketing at BlueVia, said: “We’re delighted to be part of the Guardian’s Hactivate event and look forward to developing the next generation of web and mobile apps that address social change in both theUKand across the world. We hope that with our network APIs and developer resources that we can contribute in some way to making social change happen and look forward to seeing the set of innovative ideas, concepts and working apps that are developed on the day.”
Keith Varty, Head of Apps and Partnerships, Nokia UK, said “Nokia are dedicated to innovating for people from all walks of life, with initiatives like Nokia Life Tools already making a real difference to people living in developing countries. We’re delighted to be part of this years (H)activate and the cause related hack, it’d be amazing to see a discovery that helps us connect the next billion, and provides an opportunity to those that need it most.”
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Notes to editors:
(H)activate will be held across the weekend of June 18th and 19th at Guardian HQ – Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU.
Guardian ActivateNew Yorkwas held in NYC’sPaleyCenterfor Media on Thursday 28 April. Guardian Activate London will be held on Wednesday 22 June.
To put yourself forward for the hack fill in this online form – http://rewiredstate.org/events/hactivate-2011
Further details and ticket information are available at www.guardian.co.uk/activate
Follow @ActivateSummit on Twitter for the latest event information
About the Guardian
The Guardian is a unique voice with an international reach. The newspaper is one of the UK’s leading daily titles, and was voted 2011’s newspaper of the year. guardian.co.uk is regularly voted the best newspaper site in the world and delivers the Guardian’s liberal journalism to a global audience. Guardian News & Media (GNM) publishes the Guardian and Observer national newspapers and the guardian.co.uk website. GNM has pioneered a mutualised approach to journalism based on digital engagement, openness and collaboration.
Nokia is committed to connecting people to what matters to them by combining advanced mobile technology with personalized services. More than 1.3 billion people connect to one another with a Nokia, from our most affordable voice-optimized mobile phones to advanced Internet-connected smartphones sold in virtually every market in the world. Through our services, people also enjoy access to maps and navigation on mobile, a rapidly expanding applications store, a growing catalog of digital music, free email and more. Nokia’s NAVTEQ is a leader in comprehensive digital mapping and navigation services, and Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the leading providers of telecommunications infrastructure hardware, software and professional services globally.
BlueVia is the new global developer platform from Telefonica that helps developers take apps, web services, and ideas to market. BlueVia is built on four founding principles: Scale, Tools, Business Models, and Path to Market. BlueVia offers ground breaking, zero risk, business models for developers, along with ‘mix & match’ models to create multiple revenue streams. For more information, documentation and video tutorials, go to www.bluevia.com
About Rewired State
Rewired State run hack days, events where creative, talented developers build prototype web/mobile solutions to real world challenges. As well as the annual National Hack the Government Day and Young Rewired State events they also run commissioned hack days for a range of companies, organisations and government departments.
For further information contact:
Hayley Dunlop, Press Office, +44 20 3353 3818 /firstname.lastname@example.org