Data Live – Knight Mozilla Open News Fellowship Hack Jam
The aim of the event was to explore the themes of journalism and open data to create physical interactive experiences.
Tim, Al and Jack worked with Lee Murray and Greg Edwards of Nokia to create a game which was a mash up of "Have I got news for you" and "Whack-a-mole" . Headlines flash up on screen and the player must guess which newspaper they are quoted from in a whack-a-mole type gameplay. The object of the game is to question the politics and opinions embedded within journalism.
In two intense days we came up with the concept and even built a working game that people played and enjoyed. We'll be setting it up in the Imagination offices on Monday - so if you're around come and have a look in the Digital Production office.
And now for the science bit: The game scrapes headlines live from The Guardian, Press and Journal and The Sun's RSS feeds, and displays them in a Flash app. The button board is made of laser-cut acrylic and houses RGB LEDs, switches and an Arduino Mega.