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Bootstrapping the News

Wednesday, February 26, 2014: Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor
1-5 p.m. Beers at 5 p.m.; $50 per person, limited to 50 attendees

Emcees: Agustin Armendariz, Michael Corey, Aaron Williams

Give us four hours and your laptop, and we’ll send you into NICAR with a fully-functioning data-crunching machine and the knowledge to use it.

One of the biggest hurdles to learning programming is the often bewildering process of setting up your computer. Veteran data crunchers and programmers from The Center for Investigative Reporting will give you a virtual playground on your personal laptop that will allow you to explore all the tools you’ll gather throughout the conference. In this four-hour workshop, we’ll introduce crucial programming concepts and tools and — most importantly — why we use them.

You’ll walk into conference sessions with a laptop loaded with many of the tools presenters will be talking about, and a leg up as you continue developing your skills once you’re back home.  At the end of the day meet your fellow beginners over beers and with a visit from the FOIA Machine robot.

Target audience: People with no or minimal exposure to programming who need a jumping off point to get their feet wet with news hacking.

Requirements to attend: Laptop with administrative privileges

Operating systems: Windows: Version 7 or higher Mac: OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher Ubuntu: Version 12.04 or higher 4 GB of RAM 10 GB of free hard-drive space

Participants will walk away with a fully functioning dev machine (on their personal laptop) that includes:VirtualBox, Ubuntu/Xubuntu, csvkit, Python, Git, Django, SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, PANDAS, Ilene, virtualenv/virtualenvwrapper, QuantumGIS, Node.js, NPM, Ruby, Rails, RVM, Bower, Grunt, Fabric, Yeoman, CIR news app template.

Basic Schedule:

1-5 p.m.

Why should you care about this/The power of research apps (30 minutes)
What we’re about to install (10 minutes)
Install… (30 minutes)
Stuff you got with your install (15 minutes)
Using your powers (Walkthroughs of some of the basics, like using your Terminal, python, csvkit, using NICAR bridge data) (90 minutes)
Group competition (60 minutes)

5 p.m.

Beer/FOIA Machine toast at Pickles Pub.

Register for Techraking 5ish: Bootstrapping the News



TechRaking is a conference series produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting that is dedicated to creating collaborations between journalists and innovators who are working at the intersection of investigative reporting and technology. The goal of these conferences is to bring these two forces together to create solutions to the many challenges and opportunities facing the news industry today, and ultimately to further engage citizens in the issues affecting their lives and communities.


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