Hacks/Hackers LA in partnership with ONALA hosted Data Viz: An Open Brainstorm This even was an informal get together of journalists and programmers for an open brainstorm about the uses, process, and data visualization at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum. The event will included four panelists, ranging from developers to artists, to talk us through the processes and philosophies of data visualization. Each panelist discussed their organization’s process, then we’ll open it up for discussion. Speakers included: Moderator Casey Caplowe, GOOD Magazine Ben Welsh, Database Producer, Los Angeles Times Mark Hansen, Professor of Statistics, UCLA Diego Prats, Co-founder and CEO, Border Stylo Casey Reas, Professor of Digital Media Arts, UCLA And in honor of the holiday spirit, audience members were asked to bring new clothes or toys for kids and teens for our charity drive supporting Union Metro Homeless Services’ “Holiday Dinners in the Park.” About Hacks & Hackers: Technologists and journalists are coming together as reporting goes digital and Internet companies become media empires. Journalists sometimes call themselves “hacks,” a tongue-in-cheek term for someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code. Hacks/Hackers tries to bridge those two worlds. It’s for hackers exploring technologies to filter, visualize and distribute information, and for hacks who use technology to find and tell stories. Hacks/Hackers is a growing digital community of people who seek to inspire each other, share information (and code) and collaborate to invent the future of media and journalism. Founded in Boston, H&H has now has communities in cities throughout the world. Read more at www.hacksandhackers.com or at meetupla.hackshackers.com. About The Online News Association (LA): The Online News Association is composed largely of professional digital journalists. Founded in 1999, ONA now has more than 1,600 professional members whose principal livelihood involves gathering or producing news for digital presentation. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, photographers, technologists and others who produce news for the Internet or other digital delivery systems, as well as academic members and others interested in the development of online journalism. ONA also sponsors an annual conference focusing on the latest in journalism and technology and administers the prestigious Online Journalism Awards. More at www.journalists.org.