The University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism and the Austin American Statesman both sponsored the first Journalism Hackathon, which was a success, especially for a first year event. This was my first time organizing a hackathon – as part of a team including Robert Quigley and R.B. Brenner from the School of Journalism,… Read More


I recently got a Samsung Gear 2 Neo smart watch – it pairs with recent, powerful Samsung phones and tablets, but without them, it’s basically a pedometer. So I’d definitely only recommend it if you already have one of their recent devices (like the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Note 3 phones), and not if you use… Read More


On Wednesday, I got a chance to pitch my six-hour hackathon project to Slash (lead guitarist for Guns and Roses and Velvet Revolver), tech blogger (and Startup Liason Officer for RackSpace) Robert Scoble, and the inventor of BitTorrent, Bram Cohen. The idea behind the hackathon was to create an app or web site for artists… Read More


At the end of September, I won the BattleHack competition in Austin with PayPup – a mobile app for our local no-kill animal rescue, Austin Pets Alive. This was a project I’d been thinking about doing for over a year, but I needed that 24 hours to sit down and do it – and bringing… Read More