CredCon, a technology & ideas hackathon brought to you by the Credibility Coalition and sponsored by the Facebook Journalism Project, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Knight Foundation, Hacks/Hackers and the University of Texas at Austin, aims to address the challenge of reducing misinformation online and strengthening content credibility through interdisciplinary collaboration. The event will build upon the highly popular MisinfoCon events that took place at MIT, and in London, Kyiv and Washington, DC.
Our team is thrilled to be hosting a diverse group of participants from a variety of backgrounds. We welcome hackathon newcomers to the event, too, whether you’re a designer, journalist, developer, communicator, or advocate. Thanks to our sponsors, we have a pool of limited travel and housing stipends to help subsidize the cost of attending. Stipends will be made available through the application process above.
What We’ll Be Working On
At CredCon, we aim to host a forum where innovators from different backgrounds can explore credibility indicators and test existing indicator frameworks. Participants are free to build upon work that is already in progress, bring their own existing projects, or begin new projects.
This event prioritizes diversity and representation, we encourage participants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to join us! We’ll be addressing interdisciplinary and intersectional issues across the credibility movement.
And of course, not every project needs to involve tech or products — teams can also work on designing programs and services, or new, thought-provoking research questions and methodologies. For example: What might a nutrition label for digital content look like? How do we create new scientific abstracts online that are more accessible to individuals outside of the scientific community? Can we create best practices for diversity and inclusion for the implementation of credibility indicator frameworks by platforms?
The conference will be a multi-day event packed with creative and knowledgeable speakers, workshop facilitators, and participants; it will aim to contribute ideas, working tools, and needed momentum to the growing credibility community.
Information on how to prepare for CredCon will be sent in advance to registered participants.
There will be a small amount of funding from Hacks/Hackers to support promising projects after the event.