Hack Jersey

In January 2013, the NJ News Commons and Montclair State hosted the first hackathon in New Jersey to involve both coders and journalists. The weekend-long event, called Hack Jersey, featured a Friday-night party where teams began to form, a series of speakers including Matt Ericson of The New York Times, and a 24-hour contest to create data visualizations and news apps.

Many organizations came together to organize and sponsor the event. The other major sponsor besides the NJ News Commons was Mozilla Open News.

Students in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State covered the hackathon  for the Hack Jersey's blog, while participants tweeted using the #HackJersey hashtag on Twitter.

Many Montclair State computer science students brought coding power to the teams. The overall winner of the weekend was CrashDataNJ, a visualization showing the most dangerous stretches on the Garden State Parkway by mile marker.

Awards were also given in the categories of People's Choice Award, Best Design, Best Story, and Best Sandy Project.

Read more about the event at NJ Tech Weekly and The Record.