Embedly was an API partner at the latest Media Hack Day in Berlin, our very first journalism hackathon. I was thrilled because this seemed to be the exact kind of hackathon Embedly should be at- helping developers and writers find and render content beautifully. The results were wonderful: great projects and also inspiring uses of the API. I’m up for more journalism hackathons, so if you know any, send me a message.
You can find the projects on Hacker League. There were five projects that used the API. One of them won the Embedly prize, and two of them came up 2nd and 3rd overall.
Here are some highlights from projects that used Embedly.
This app took home the Embedly prize. It’s the kind of app I want to exist. It provides an interface to explore the multiple points of view for a news story. They are arranged on a wheel, and colored based on source. You can move around the wheel and read the stories. I would love to easily find and explore articles around a story, highlighting where they are coming from. NewsWheel would do that. Embedly Extract was used to get images and article text.
Here is NewsWheel team presenting their idea:
This project took home 2nd prize overall at the hackathon. Hi5! gamifies news. You’re presented with a headline and two images. You pick the image that correctly matches with the headline. After going through five headlines, you can read deeper into any of the articles and share your results with friends. I found this a pretty fun idea that would be immediately engaging. You can imagine custom questions based on the articles. Embedly was used to extract and render the images from the articles.
Here is the Hi5! team being awesome:
This project took home 3rd prize overall at the hackathon. Paulie is a mobile news reader that is based on your Twitter feed. It renders the headlines and images as a feed, and you can click through to read the full article. Paulie uses Embedly for the images and content extraction. It is a straightforward and well designed product.
I got so pumped about it I downloaded a copy at the hackathon, and am looking forward to seeing it up on the App Store.
Here is the Paulie team- a collaboration between a journalist, two designers, and a developer:
This is a tool for journalists and editors that helps provide live coverage of an unfolding story. Content can be brought in from various social media channels and submitted to a story. This can be done collaboratively with the app. The app allows an editor to manage submitted posts by approving or removing them before they are posted. The app works on mobile, or on desktop, and can be integrated on popular news sites. Embedly is used to integrate third party media into the articles.
TV Maniac pulls information about TV shows and lets you easily find more information and images on the celebrities in the show. Embedly was used to retrieve and render the celebrity images.
The design and flow of this app is pretty impressive.
Excited to go to more media and journalism hackathons!