Rewired State and the Guardian SXSW Hack Day

February 12, 2011 → February 13, 2011

The Guardian

The Guardian and Rewired State are holding a hack event on 12 & 13 February, supported by Google.

We’ll be working with one hundred developers, designers and editorial technologists who’ll spend two days thrashing out some exciting ideas for experimental editorial tools — challenges like better visual navigation for audio and video coverage, how to successfully curate and present readers’ content, and tracking trends in real-time using maps. And we’d like to invite you!

The weekend is focused on building hacks that we can use to cover South by South West, the giant technology, gaming, music and film festival in Austin from 10-20 March.

In the unlikely event that you haven’t heard of SXSW, it’s a unique mix of the arts, technology and business, with a young, creative mix of designers, developers, entrepreneurs, academics and media — and a perfect audience to experiment with these new tools. Twitter and Foursquare were boosted massively at SXSW, among others, and there are thousands of discussions, workshops, talks, screenings and gigs to report on.

This is the 25th anniversary for SXSW making it an ideal showcase to try out some cool new stuff.

To top it all off, one hack winner will be flown to Austin, flight, hotel and ticket paid for, for the full SXSW experience. Hope you can join us!

Update: Prizes

We’ve listened to your feedback. Rewired State will be awarding five prizes at the end of the second day.

Our first prize is a RapMan 3D printer thing (thanks to Cheryl Hughes at for a great deal).

The other four prizes will be cash, with categories to be decided on the day.

Update: Hack your own lunch

Due to an overwhelming response from you guys wanting to come, we’ve had to make a choice. Not only will you be able to hack at code and videos at the hack day, we’re also providing you with a chance to hack together a sandwich/concoction of bready things and fillings. Tasty.

Update: Signups

Thanks for wanting to sign-up. We’ve now got enough people. If you’re really keen to come along still, email us to be added to the waiting list.


February 12, 2011 10:00
→ February 13, 2011 16:00


The Guardian
York Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU