TechCamp Reconnect Warsaw

Advancing Innovative Journalism

Participants from

Albania; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Georgia; Italy; Moldova; Netherlands; Poland; Romania; Slovenia; Ukraine


The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI) and Digital Communications Network (DigiComNet), hosted a first-ever TechCamp Reconnect event at the Brain Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.

TechCamp Reconnect is an effort to engage alumni of previous TechCamps and to connect them with additional training, mentorship, and support to amplify the impact of the initial workshops.  This inaugural TechCamp Reconnect event in Warsaw convened select journalists, media professionals, and civil society activists who attended TechCamp Warsaw, TechCamp Georgia, and TechForum Brussels, as well as coordinators of American Spaces in Poland, to support the development and implementation of technology solutions aimed at combating disinformation, improving the quality of reporting, and increasing media literacy in Europe.  International experts in digital media, technology application, business strategy, impact measurement, marketing, and communications worked with participants to further build out specific project ideas and shape action plans to advance their work going forward in tangible ways.  


27 September 2017 | Day 0

18:00 - 19:30 - Digital Communication Network (DigiComNet) Meetup: New Media Startups & Combating Disinformation 

Venue: HubHub | More InformationFacebook Event 

28 September 2017 | Day 1

08:00 - 08:30 - Transportation from hotel to Brain Embassy

08:30 - 09:00 - Registration & Networking Over Coffee & Tea

09:00 - 09:20 - Welcome Remarks - U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland Paul W. Jones; President of Information Society Development Foundation, Jacek Królikowski; President of Digital Communication Network, Nino Macharashvili

09:20 - 09:30 - TechCamp Reconnect Overview & Introduction to the TechCamp Ambassadors Initiative - Meredith Gloger, U.S. Department of State TechCamp Team

09:30 - 10:30 - Networking & Project Showcase Activity - Jamie Findlater, U.S. Department of State TechCamp Team

     **Coffee & tea to be served concurrently

10:30 - 12:00 - Top Off Your Tech Knowledge: Interactive Training Sessions (each participant will select one topic from the table below)

Social Media Verification Beata Biel, Fundacja Reporterów (Reporters' Foundation) and Konkret24/TVN24, Poland
Marketing & Business StrategiesKasia Dorsey, Yosh.AI, Poland
Live Reporting in Real Time Douglas Arellanes, SourceFabric, Czechia
Mobile Journalism Maciej Słomczyński, TVN24, Poland
Techniques in Fake News/Online Fact CheckingMaarten Schenk, Lead Stories LLC/Trendolizer, Belgium & Stanislaw Skarzynski, OKO.Press, Poland
Telling Stories with Data Andrii Gazin, Textura, Ukraine & Eric Barrett, Data Journalist, Georgia

12:00 - 12:45 - Lunch

12:45 - 13:45 - Consolidating Knowledge on Tech Tools to Counter Disinformation - Douglas Arellanes, Sourcefabric; Beata Biel, Fundacja Reporterów (Reporters' Foundation) and Konkret24/TVN24; & Maarten Schenk, Lead Stories LLC/Trendolizer

13:45 - 14:15 - Refine Your Strategy: Working Groups Explained - Jamie Findlater, U.S. Department of State TechCamp Team & TechCamp Reconnect Experts 

14:15 - 16:55 - Refine Your Strategy: Working Groups (each participant or project team will select one working group track from the table below and join the most relevant session)

 **Coffee & tea to be served concurrently

Working Group Tracks & TopicsExperts
Working Group #1 - Design & Tech Support
Digitizing Your NewsroomDouglas Arellanes, SourceFabric, Czechia
Mobile Journalism StrategiesMaciej Słomczyński, TVN24, Poland
Building Out Your Idea with Digital TechnologiesMaarten Schenk, Lead Stories LLC/Trendolizer, Belgium
Working Group #2 - Marketing
Creating Compelling Marketing Content to Target the Right AudienceEric Barrett, Data Journalist, Georgia

Andrii Gazin, Textura, Ukraine
Crowdfunding & Branding Mirella Panek-Owsiańska, CSR, Diversity & Female Leadership Expert, Poland
Working Group #3 - Business Strategy & Sustainability
Business Models for JournalismBeata Biel, Fundacja Reporterów (Reporters' Foundation) and Konkret24/TVN24, Poland

Stanislaw Skarzynski, OKO.Press, Poland
Scaling Up Your Business PlanKasia Dorsey, Yosh.AI, Poland
Strategic Planning & Impact Measurement Aleksandra Goldys, Social Challenges Unit at The University of Warsaw, Poland

16:55 - 17:25 - Tell Your Story: Pitch Preparation - Kasia Dorsey, Yosh.AI & Jamie Findlater, U.S. Department of State TechCamp Team

17:25 - 17:30 - Day 1 Wrap-Up 

19:00 - 22:00 - TechCamp Reconnect Networking Dinner & Reception

29 September 2017 | Day 2

09:00 - 09:05 - Day 2 Opening Announcements

09:05 - 10:00 Taking the TechCamp Program to the Next Level: Discussion on the TechCamp Ambassadors Initiative - Meredith Gloger & Jamie Findlater, U.S. Department of State TechCamp Team

**For American Spaces Coordinators: Advancing Media Literacy Through American Spaces: Feedback Session with U.S. Embassy Warsaw - Alice Chu, U.S. Embassy Warsaw 

10:00 - 11:30 Continue to Refine Your Strategy & Shape Your Project Pitch: Mentoring Sessions

     **Coffee & tea to be served concurrently

11:30 - 12:45 - Showcase Your Strategy: Project Pitches & Expert Feedback

12:45 - 13:00 - Next Steps & Connecting to Opportunities - Meredith Gloger, U.S. Department of State TechCamp Team & Nino Macharashvili, Digital Communication Network

13:00 - 13:30 - Closing Lunch

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