Women Digital News Entrepreneurs Summit

Cracking The Code

Ford FoundationThe IWMF and the Ford Foundation joined forces to host this highly interactive, action-oriented international summit for women entrepreneurs working in the digital news space.
Taking place at the Ford Foundation in New York on January 28 and 29, 2015, this event brought together 150 of the key international players and partners who fund and work in the realm of digital news entrepreneurship, both in the U.S. and around the world.

Follow the conversation on Twitter via #Code15 | View Kara Swisher’s keynote speech (YouTube)

  • Cracking the Code About the Summit Cracking the Code highlighted the exceptional work of women in digital news globally, emphasized the value of equal access to news making opportunities, find solutions to overcome barriers for women launching online news enterprises, and underscored the importance of gender equity and the inclusion of diverse voices in the digital news industry.

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  • 2013Fellows-thn Speakers The summit featured an all-star lineup of speakers, including Kara Swisher (Re/code), Mariana Santos (Chicas Poderosas), Jessica Lessin (The Information), Lara Setrakian (News Deeply), Juanita Leon (La Silla Vacia), Stacy Donohue (Omidyar), Lakshmi Chaudhry (Firstpost.com), Farai Chideya and many more.

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  • 2013Fellows-thn Program

    Along with interactive panels, ignite talks and networking sessions, the summit included a one-day hackathon to further empower women by developing technology solutions to the digital news gender gap. Three winning prototypes were selected by a panel of judges, and teams won prize money to develop innovative apps to overcome the obstacles women face in the digital news industry.

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  • Cracking the Code Hackathon The Cracking the Code Hackathon took place in New York City on January 30, 2015. Participants, including technologists and journalists, competed for $10,000 in Google prize money. The hackathon encouraged participants to write awesome code and build prototypes for web applications, mobile apps, tools and other resources. The best projects were awarded prizes.

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Please contact Nadine Hoffman for summit-related inquiries.