Popathon – InterDocs Hack Jam

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Popathon – InterDocs Hack Jam

Intensive workshop to produce interactive documentary prototypes.
Organized by Popathon platform and interDocsBarcelona.

Storytelling in the age of the web

We invite documentary filmmakers, journalists, technologists and designers to push the boundaries of digital storytelling by embracing the capability of the web. For 24 hours you’ll team up to brainstorm ideas, create open-source projects and demo prototypes of your own web-native stories.

Curious what’s possible in 24 hours? Explore projects hacked at previous editions here.


Visual storytelling has been with us since the beginning of time. Through the ages the way we tell stories has changed along with the evolution of the media we use to express ourselves. The capability of the web enables stories to be interactive, dynamic and participatory, allowing for engaging experiences around them. While this is hugely exciting, we believe a language of web-native storytelling is still developing and want to help that process along by hands-on experimentation.


During the hack jam teams compete against the clock, not against each other. By sharing ideas at an early stage, teams help each other to tackle challenges in the creative process. We encourage bringing ideas and content for projects you have in mind or in production. After the final sprint all prototypes are presented in a live demo and all the source code powering the projects will be made available open source for others to study and build on beyond the event.

Note: This year the sign up process is team based. Participants can sign up as teams of 3 to 6 people with at least one designer and one technologist. You can also sign up individually and we will do our best to match you with amazing team members based on your profile. We can’t guarantee that we’ll match all individual profiles so finding yourself a diverse team in advance will increase your changes for participation.


The winners will receive:

– Pro License Klynt for each member of the group  (valued at 500€)

– A Github Silver Plan (valued at €500)

– Presentation of the project in the next edition of InterDocsBarcelonaPresentation of the project in the next edition of InterDocsBarcelona


Friday 29th (6pm to 10pm) and Saturday 30th of May (9:30am to 22pm) – Sala Raval CCCB  (c/Montalegre, 5 Barcelona)


Fee   From 19th May
Standard: Digital Storyteller,Technologist &Designer 32,55€
Student 16,65€

*The Fee includes lunch and coffee break


Gilles Pradeau explores participatory documentary focusing on democratic innovations and public spendings in Europe. The first chapter of Learning to count uses a 360º camera to record teenagers negociating the budget for their highschool. Before making his own films, Gilles provided consultancy and workshops for public engagement and worked in Paris for a mobile film festival.
Philo van Kemenade is a creative technologist based in London, who uses technology to support people in telling engaging stories. His background in Artificial Intelligence and passion for filmmaking got him interested in the potential of the web as a platform for interactive storytelling. He believes we are currently lacking an interactive storytelling language that fits the nature of the web and sees multidisciplinary experimentation as the way forward.
 philo van Kemenade
A Navalla Suíza is a web communications company created in 2008 in Santiago de Compostela specialized in the development of web applications, online communities and interactive video. A big part of their work is focussed on the audiovisual sector, creating distribution platforms (Flocos.TV, Lugar do Real, Screenly) as well as experimenting with new narratives linked to audiovisual interactivity (Eufalo.TV, Young People in front of Climate Change, Cromosoma Cinco, 3Clic). In 2010 they won the MIPTV’s contest Content 360º in the category “Next Generation Online Video Experience”, and they have collaborated with the National Film Board of Canada and the Mozilla Foundation in the development of video editing tools in HTML5 such as Popcorn.js.
María Yáñez is Director of Contents and Berto Yáñez is the Coordinator and Web Developer.
For more than a decade Javier has worked in digital production companies in London and New York helping big brands to explore the limits of how storytelling could use new online technologies. Using knowledge of UX and software architecture, Javier has created frameworks that allow creating experiences and combining edge technology with nonlinear narrative. These projects have included work for Google Creative Lab (NY), Guiness, Asos, Lexus, Audi, Cartoon Network, Wrangler, Playstation and Hyundai and have received multiple awards.
These days Javier is exploring the impact of virtual reality will have in storytelling.
 Javier Abanses
Eva Domínguez (www.evadominguez.com) is a multimedia journalist, a lecturer and a researcher. She holds a BA degree in Journalism from the UAB, a Master in Interactive Telecommunications from the New York University and a PHD from the Universitat Ramon Llull. She’s been an editor at Diari de Barcelona and El Periódico de Catalunya, head editor of multimedia at La Vanguardia Digital, and digital project coordinator at Planeta de Agostini Online and GEC. She’s been awarded grants from the Fullbright Foundation and La Caixa. She currently combines her academic activities with her activities as a consultant and creator of digital projects.
 Eva Dominguez
Specialized in Documentary Film and Digital Visual Culture, Lucía Andújar directs and produces documentary projects that look for the intersection between documentary film and Interactive narratives through digital tools. He lectures on interactive documentary and is the organizer of #hacerwebdoc meeting at the International Festival Documenta Madrid.
Lucia Dubacova’s mission is to positively influence people’s lives through new interactions with each other and their environment. She holds an MA degree in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship grom Goldsmiths College London. Lucia specialises in Creative production and design of experiential events and festivals across Europe such as Glastonbury, Bestival and the Secret Garden Party. She currently explores how digital fabrication, 3D modelling and recording can aid the design of interactive experiences.


 The winner of the Best Prototype of Webdocs Popathon InterDocsBarcelona 2015 has been “Paraules de Barcelona” by Anna Giralt Gris, Rubén Idrobo, Juan Lesta, Jorge Mireles, Valentina Moreno, Ariadna Rodríguez Masià, Mario Trigo and Berto Yañez.


The following projects have participated in the second edition of Hack Jam Barcelona:

– Paraules de Barcelona – Millor Prototip 2015
– Freelanceland
– What’s up Barcelona
– Y tú ¿por qué pitas?
– Being Lost

Below, as a little taster, we’ve posted these links to video synopses of Popathon’s first edition, considered one of the best by the organizers due to the high quality of the prototypes presented.

Popathon Prototipyes at Barcelona 2014:

Stereotypecelona ( Best Prototype of Webdocs Popathon 2014)War and Peace in BarcelonaCan ViesBCN Says

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