Storytellers United

A diverse and inclusive community of innovative storytellers



Telling stories in the age of the web

We are an international community of media makers, technologists and designers interested in innovative forms of storytelling.

Why?

Visual storytelling has been with us since the beginning of times. Through the ages the way we tell stories has changed along with the evolution of different media. 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 collaboration.

How?

We share inspiration, work in progress and opportunities over a lively chat on Slack 🎉! You can 👉 request an invite here 👈.

From time to time we partner with likeminded organisations like festivals, conferences, universities and broadcasters on interdisciplinary Hack Jam events. These events follow the tried and tested Popathon format: For two days, participants team up to brainstorm ideas, create open-source code and demo prototypes of their own web-native stories.

🤗 Participatory

We believe disciplines like filmmaking, development and design already offer the most important skills required to make engaging stories that work on the web. By having different perspectives around the table, we share our expertise and learn from eachother.

👍 Productive

They say the best way to predict the future is to create it. Creating something together also happens to be the way we learn most effectively. That's why every Hack Jam has as its prime mission to create a working prototype that can be shared with the world.

✌️ Purposeful

We want to contribute to a wider community of creators who embrace the web as the platform for their storytelling. By sharing all projects created at our Hack Jams open-source, we let people build on the knowledge generated beyond the event.

Made at our Hack Jams

Explore projects hacked at previous editions

  • Paraules de Barcelona

    Paraules de Barcelona offers you a way to celebrate, criticise, share or remember this unique city by using its own words, those you’d find walking down its streets.

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  • Coming Soon

    This ever unfolding story of digital pre-natives was waiting to be told. A real-time dynamic life story that is different every time.

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  • StereotypeCelona

    How stereotypical are your ideas about the people living in the different parts of Barcelona? An interactive video quiz with embedded data visualisation.

  • BCN Says

    Big cities are a constant buzz. Imagine you can conduct the sounds of your city into an urban symphony. Come in to play while listening what Barcelona has to say.

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  • Le 6 mai 2012

    On May 6, 2012, the socialist François Hollande was elected President of the French Republic, following Nicolas Sarkozy. Many considered that day historical, since the socialists did not succeed in the Elysée race since 1981. Celebrations took place in the Place de la Bastille

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  • Room 404

    Room 404 is the destination for all your online mistakes. A participatory experiment that collects a database of users' confessions.

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  • Surveillance

    A web-native thriller story exploring the theme of online surveillance. Who's watching who?

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Storytellers Unite!

Who should join us at an upcoming event?

Teams thrive when different skills are combined.

We believe disciplines like journalism, filmmaking, web development and design already offer the most important skills to tell engaging stories on the web. By sharing our perspectives, we can create beautiful things together and:

  • Meet, exchange and collaborate with professionals from different disciplines
  • Brainstorm and prototype ideas for a new medium
  • Create visually-rich interactive multimedia projects

filmmaking

Digital Storytelling

Are you a filmmaker, journalist, radio-maker, researcher, writer, photographer or communications professional with a story to tell? Explore how your story can become dynamic and interactive!

development

Web / App Development

Are you a developer, creative coder or computer scientist hungry for creative exploration? Experiment with new technology in a creative setting!

design

Digital Design

Are you a designer or artist with skills from UX, IxD, graphic, video or service design interested in all things digital? Co-create meaningful experiences, combining moving image and interactivity and help to bring web-native stories to live!

Ambassadors

Philo

Philo van Kemenade

Connecting people, art & culture by any means necessary @unfoldSays | #museweb #openGLAM @webumeniaSK | founding curator @SensoriumIs | Instigator @storyunite 🎨🔗🚀

Alexa Steinbrück

Alexa Steinbrück

Frontend Dev with background in Artificial Intelligence and the Fine Arts. @GoogleNewsLab Fellow 2016 @zeitonline. Dataviz, UX, Computational Creativity, NLP.

Alexa Steinbrück

Joscha Jaeger

Thoughts on Film as Information Architecture, #Hypervideo #OpenWeb #Annotation #Search, Co-Creator @FrameTrail, https://refer.cx, @FieldTripBerlin

Ian Forrester

Ian Forrester

Senior Firestarter at @BBCRD, one of the #ib100, emergent tech expert, social geek, community wrangler & interested in the future of storytelling in new mediums


Some wonderful folks we've partnered with


i-Docs Symposium Bristol
Brighton Digital Festival
Darklight Dublin
Docs Barcelona
WebDox Leuven
Open City Docs Fest
Mozilla Festival
Lighthouse
University of York
BBC R&D

Join the conversation

We are a community of 300+ storytellers from a wide range of backgrounds spread all across the world. We share ideas, projects and a passion for innovative storytelling. If that sounds up your street, you are warmly invited!

Get in touch

Interested in hosting a hack jam or like to know more? Please email us.