Hacks/Hackers Manchester – Contributoria and Quarantine

Openness and participatory media were the broad themes of January’s Hacks/HackersMcr meet-up. What kind of magic happens if you open yourself up to a community of strangers either face-to-face or online? And is there such a thing as a free lunch – in the Northern Quarter, at least?

We were very pleased to welcome Dean Vipond of Contributoria.

“Contributoria is a community funded collaborative platform for journalists launched at the start of 2014 and supported by the Guardian Media Group in the UK. This cheeky short film has been created by illustrator Nic Hinton and animated by @BennyCrime and explains what’s on offer at the online platform. It was first shown at the International Press Institute conference in Johannesburg in January 2014.”


Dean even brought some revolutionary media product called a NEWSPAPER to share out. Hacks/Hackers were fascinated….

Paper copies of Contributoria


There was a very different presentation from artist, Richard Gregory, who talked about his conversation project in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Walk in to the Kabana curry cafe on the right date, and you could get your lunch for free in return for engaging in conversation with the artists. You follow a conversation menu and just see where it takes you. Are there lessons to be learnt as we seek meaningful engagement with online communities?


As always, thanks to Kosmonaut for letting us hijack their basement and apologies to the table tennis players if we encroached on their game….


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