Hyperakt and Visually have had a long relationship of collaboration. Deroy and his crew have done amazing work with us, including most of the current Visual.ly website design. So, when they told us they were doing a hackathon for storytellers with a conscience, we knew we were in! Re3 StoryHack is October 4-6 in New York City at Parsons the New School for Design. Visually’s own Lee Sherman will be a judge for the competition, and we’re pumped to see all the results of the get-together! We all decided to do this thing for several reasons. Our common interests in dedicating our creative efforts to making this world a better place is at the heart of everything. Our shared belief that people are compelled by great stories and not just big numbers is a another cornerstone. Beyond that, there is a confluence of several tendencies that we’re trying to capitalize on here: the swell of interest in social responsibility, the unprecedented availability and appreciation for data, the rapidly expanding technology community in NYC. NYC is one big laboratory where the world’s most creative people, live side by side with social innovation leaders, philanthropists, academics, etc. You name it – NYC has it all. There are a lot of people out there who wish they could dedicate more energy toward work that is meaningful for society. We want to create a vehicle to bring all of this energy together and create work we’re all proud of.