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TechRaking Berlin 2016


29.04.2016 19:00

April 29th: 19:00
CAFE NEST, Berlin-Kreuzberg, Görlitzer Str. 52 (

April 30th: 9:30
CORRECTIV, Berlin-Mitte, Singerstr. 109 (

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TechRaking Berlin 16

An event for creative & investigative journalists, designers & technologists organized by The Center for
Investigative Reporting and CORRECTIV, in partnership with the Google News Lab.

What is it about?

For the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, European unity hangs in the balance.
Accelerating political, humanitarian and economic forces are fracturing the foundation of peace and
stability for the continent. As populist movements push rhetoric to the extremes, the spectre of
nationalism stalks the principles of open borders and open dialogue. For a generation of Europeans
coming of age with limited opportunities and increasing inequality the potential impact of this storm is
hard to imagine.

Into this fray, journalists are working to uncover critical stories and provide fact based information and
insights to citizens. The challenges they confront are extraordinary. There is less money for deep
reporting while media consumption continues to evolve rapidly.

The rise of mobile phones and ubiquitous connectivity are also changing the game for reporters. In
some cases subjects can document their own plight and share their narratives over social networks
and reach millions. Government and corporate players have also gotten smarter about controlling the
flow of information. TechRaking Berlin 16 will explore these converging forces in Europe and examine
the ways journalists have responded in their coverage, methodologies, and engagement with the
public. We will dissect innovative approaches to bridging language and cultural divides in bringing
important stories to the light. We will also highlight surprising examples of reporters and communities
connecting in unexpected ways.

TechRaking Berlin 16 Challenge

We would like to develop a solution for journalists to connect the dots between the complex forces
driving the state of Europe in ways that help communities engage with fact based reporting and
information. The solution can be technological, network, story-based or design in nature.
Projects may take the form of technology, apps, a network initiative or editorial collaboration. Teams
have the freedom to imagine totally unique approaches.

TechRaking is an event series that brings journalists, designers, technologists and artists together to
develop solutions for public service journalism. TechRaking is part conference and part design sprint
that challenges participants to think differently about new ways for journalism to serve the public.
TechRaking is a place to network, connect and create if you are a reporter, editor, designer,
technologist or artist. Hacks&Hackers meets Hackathon.

TechRaking is produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting, in partnership with the Google
News Lab. For TechRaking in Berlin the non-profit newsroom CORRECTIV is the local partner.

When and where?

TechRaking Berlin 16 will begin with a casual gathering on April 29th in Berlin (Cafe Nest, Görlitzer Str.
52, Berlin-Kreuzberg). Over beers and good food we will get to know each other and discuss the
premise for the event. On April 30th, we start in CORRECTIV’s office (Singerstr. 109, Berlin-Mitte) at
9:30. Attendees will participate in a morning of panels exploring the issues for TechRaking Berlin 16
before breaking into teams to participate in the Challenge. Coaches will engage with teams as they
develop solutions and create their pitches. We will hear about the team projects throughout the day
before the coaches judge a winner. TechRaking winning concepts are then developed by The Center
for Investigative Reporting, CORRECTIV and participants as community centered open source
solutions for journalists everywhere.

Who can participate?


Where to come?

April 29th: 19:00
CAFE NEST, Berlin-Kreuzberg, Görlitzer Str. 52 (

April 30th: 9:30
CORRECTIV, Berlin-Mitte, Singerstr. 109 (


Please register

The participation is for free, but the access is limited to 120 participants. So please register. Just send
an Email: or use eventbrite

Tel: +49 (0) 30 – 555 780 20


April 29th
19:00-22:00 Casual Meet Up and Introductions

April 30th
8:00-9:30 Registration and Coffee
9:30-10:00 Welcomes and Orientation // CIR; Correctiv; Google NewsLab
10:00-10:40 Panel 1
10:45-11:00 Speed Round: Fader Project
11.00:-11:40 Panel 2
11:45-12:00 Challenge Description
12:00-13:00 Team Formation over lunch
13:00-15:00 Design Team work Round 1
15:00-15:30 Round 1 Review
15:30-17:00 Design Team Round 2
17:00-18:00 Project Presentations and Winners announced


Berlin has got a lot of Hotels. You can get information here.

Near Singerstr.109 (Berlin-Mitte) you can find the following:
- Parkhotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
- Hostel Singerstr. 109
- Pegasus Hostel

About us

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) is a non-profit newsroom founded 1977 in San
Francisco. CIR believes journalism that moves citizens to action is an essential pillar of democracy.
CIR has relentlessly pursued and revealed injustices that otherwise would remain hidden from the
public eye. Today, we're upholding this legacy and looking forward, working at the forefront of
journalistic innovation to produce important stories that make a difference and engage you, our
audience, across the aisle, coast to coast and worldwide.

CORRECTIV is the first non-profit investigative newsroom in Germany. It is one of the many answers
to the media crisis. CORRECTIV wants to make investigative and informative journalism affordable
and accessible to media organizations throughout Germany. For this reason, CORRECT!V is also
initiating an education program to pass on the methods of investigative journalism. This can help
empower citizens to gain access to information and promote transparency.

The News Lab at Google collaborates with journalists and entrepreneurs to empower innovation at
this intersection of technology and media as well as help build the future of media. Google‘s mission is
to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful. So Google created
the News Lab to support the creation and distribution of the information that keeps us all informed
about what's happening in our world today—quality journalism. Google News Lab is here to provide
tools, data, and programs designed to help.

10 Euro für unabhängigen Journalismus