The first impression you get looking around the room is a sobering one: worn out faces, empty coffee cups, papers full of drawings and laptops spread around. This is what creative work is supposed to look like? It’s July in Chisnau, Moldova’s capital and DW Akademie is holding a hackathon. The challenge for those taking part is how to convey media and information literacy (MIL) in a playful way. Forty participants have come together for 72 hours of intensive teamwork to find ways to advance the country’s media literacy. DW Akademie experts and Olga Kisselmann from DW’s Research and Cooperation Projects team are on site as mentors. The winners A second glance is reassuring. The participants might look exhausted after three days of intensive work but their eyes are sparkling: they’ve come a lot closer to finding solutions. Ten teams were competing in the hackathon and three have been declared winners. One of those teams has been working on “Hype Mode Media” – a software module that transforms key words found in articles on media literacy into emoticons to make the texts more attractive to social media users. The team behind “InstaNews Builders” aims to create a platform with templates for transforming news into… Read full this story
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