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The killer media app for the iPad hasn’t been invented yet. This is your chance to build it.

Hacks/Hackers Unite (Twitter hashtag #hhunite) is bringing together journalists and media makers with hackers and designers to build the killer media app for the iPad and other tablet devices.

This event will be both a coding development camp and a journalistic boot camp. Teams of hacks (content creators) and hackers (developers and designers) will cooperate to tell develop media applications for the iPad and tablets that help inform, enlighten and tell stories for the public good. You can also build tablet-based tools for journalists.

REGISTER NOW (breakfast and lunch for both days included in price)

Each team must have at least one hack and hacker each. If you don’t already have a team, we will have some activities to help you find one at the event. Also, find potential collaborators and propose, browse, and discuss ideas here. NEW: Here’s a public wiki to also share ideas and find teams.

If you’re a hacker, this is your chance to build an application that shows people the potential of the iPad and tablets as a media device, working with journalists to present compelling content and stories that resonate with users, and help maintain the open flow of information required in a democracy.

If you’re a hack or content creator, this is your chance to develop a media application or tell a story that is alive in all forms of media, pulling users into a new form of media, possibly even as an application that could be sold on the App Store.

Judges for the final demos include: Harjeet Taggar, venture partner at Y Combinator; Andrew Fitzgerald, online news producer at Current TV; David Weekly, founder of Hacker Dojo and PBworks; and Craig Miller, senior editor of KQED Climate Watch.

Throughout the weekend, experienced journalists and coders will be on standby, holding office hours at KQED, answering questions from the teams and giving advice. Developers from KQED and NPR will be showcasing the NPR API and tools availble to access public media sources, but you can use any source or form of multimedia (text, photos, video or whatever you can dream up) to build native HTML5 Web applications or use the iPhone SDK to create iPad applications.

Let’s take chances and invent new forms storytelling for this new medium. The work that comes out of Hacks/Hackers Unite has the chance to set new paradigms for media on the iPad and tablet devices. The best examples will be highlighted on KQED’s Web site.

REGISTER NOW (breakfast and lunch for both days included in price)

List of speakers/advisers (more to come):

Tony Deifell, Q Media labs, director, author of The Big Thaw: Charting a New Course for Journalism

David Weekly, Hacker Dojo, founding director, and PBworks, founder, chairman and chief product officer

Harjeet Taggar, Y Combinator, venture partner

Tim Olson, KQED, vice president of digital media and education

Daniel Jacobson, NPR, director of application development, digital media

Andrew Fitzgerald, Current TV, online news producer

Bruce Koon, KQED, news director

Craig Miller, KQED Climate Watch, senior editor

Jonathan Tepper, Demotix, COO and founder

Maya Baratz, MTV, product manager

Lanita Pace, Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley, director

For more details on the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Burt Herman at or Saheli Datta at