You don’t need to have a specific business idea to apply, you just need to be keen to shape the future of the news industry in the UK.
Deadline to apply: APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
Cost: Nothing! Google News Lab is partnering on the event and covering all costs.
The list of speakers and mentors includes some of the most impressive entrepreneurs in journalism. People who have created, run and sold their own news and media start-ups, like Mark Little, founder of Storyful, and Jeremy Walker, founder of Newsfixed. They’ll be on hand to give one-to-one advice, as well as leading group sessions and targeted workshops.
• Mark Little (@marklittlenews), Founder of Storyful
• Matt McAlister (@mattmcalister), Co-founder of Publish.org
The ambition is to use this to stimulate a stronger and more profitable entrepreneurial community within the UK news industry.
There’s no shortage of ideas in London. The city is brimming with a vibrant news media community. But think: of your favourite news start-ups, were any of them actually founded here? According to Crunchbase, there have been just 65 London startups created in the news space since 2010. Only 25 of these have secured any level of investment and fewer still – just 7 – achieved investment over $1 million.
Hacks/Hackers London is trying to figure out where the gap between a great idea and a great success story lies.
A global community
Connect events are being run by Hacks/Hackers groups in different cities. Events have taken place or are planned for London, Berlin, San Francisco and New York.
Hacks/Hackers is a global movement of journalists and technologists who get together with the aim of “rethinking the future of news and information”. The London group has more than 4,000 members.
How many people will be there?
Around 100 selected delegates, keynote speakers and mentors.
Where’s Connect being held?
The Rainmaking Loft near Tower Bridge. Address: International House, 1 St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1UN.
If you apply to attend the event and get selected, you must be free and attend the whole weekend. It’s not a drop-in event, you need to commit to the full weekend.