Lets talk about speakers!

We have now a – hopefully nearly – complete list of speakers for inkLink! In general, our guests are national and international experts: journalists, developers and hackers, all devoted fans of Open Data. They will be talking about the future of online journalism and their work in the open data field. Here follows a list of all those great people you can meet on the 6th!

Stijn Debrouwere holds a masters degree in philosophy, but after graduating he learned how to code, and ended up as a freelancer, then a media consultant. During his college years he was a journalist and an editor at a student paper, and now, he is a coder and data scientist at The Guardian in London. He blogs about computer code and the future of journalism. He will tell us about the future of media and how civic coders, scientists and journalists can make the world a better, more informed place.


What is an OpenNews fellow? The centerpiece of the OpenNews program, the Knight-Mozilla Fellowships embed developers and technologists in newsrooms around the world to spend a year writing code in collaboration with reporters, designers, and newsroom developers. Fellows work in the open by sharing their code and their discoveries on the web, helping to strengthen and build journalism’s toolbox. Knight-Mozilla Fellows share the work they’re doing with the world outside of the newsroom. By blogging their experiences, pushing code to open repositories, taking part in the OpenNews community calls, and engaging with other developers.

Friedrich Lindenberg is a Knight-Mozilla Fellow at Spiegel Online. He is interested in how web technology can be utilised to create new narrative and investigative techniques. He previously contributed to various projects at theOpen Knowledge Foundation, including OpenSpending, a platform that helps citizens across the to world to keep track of government finance.


Michael Bauer started programming computers in his teens. He continued on while studying medicine and doing biomedical research. In research he noticed that he could handle research data easily while his peers had severe troubles once datasets got a little bigger. Thus he joined the Open Knowledge Foundations “School of Data” with the aim to spread data skills among people to help them gain insights from data to tell stories and change the world with it.

Kristin Trethewey works with Sourcefabric, a non-profit organisation, that is one of the largest European open source projects for news and media. She has a long history in media, art and curation, and as a writer for media arts. She plans to present Sourefabric’s mission and history within open source technology as well as independent journalism worldwide. She will introduce the four projects that Sourcefabric is developing including Superdesk, Newscoop, Airtime and Booktype, and showcase studies of the amazing organisations who use them, and also how Sourcefabric works alongside them to build open source solutions for independent media.

Ildikó Kovács is a hungarian journalist, who studied communication and media science, and was a trainee and later contributor at Figyelő, a hungarian economic journal in her college years. She also contributed to the economics column at hvg.hu, and now she is contributing at Átlátszó Center for Investigative Journalism, which is a watchdog NGO based in Budapest, Hungary, that combines investigative journalism and civic activism to promote transparency in Hungary. Ildikó will talk about her experience in investigative journalism.


Péter Szekeres is a co-founder and chief researcher at Neticle Technologies, a hungarian opinion mining software, which helps firms to find out what the web thinks about their brand or service. For inkLink Neticle prepares an analysis about how hungarian stocks and their index, the BUX appear in online media.

Sándor Léderer will represent K-Monitor Watchdog for Public Funds, which was founded in 2007 with the aim of creating an independent non-governmental forum that keeps Hungarian and international corruption-related cases at issue. The association truly believes in information society and the power of investigative journalism, therefore, almost all of its projects are somehow in connection with information and communication technologies as well as professional and community journalism.

And last but not least Dániel Kiss will represent Ustream, an award-winning video streaming website, which was founded by John Ham, Brad Hunstable, and Dr. Gyula Feher.

We can’t wait to meet them!

Thanks to MÚOSZ (The Association of Hungarian Journalists) inkLink will be held in the House of Hungarian Journalism (Magyar Sajtó Háza, 1064 Budapest, Vörösmarty u. 47/A). The event is free, but please register on our Eventbrite page. Please choose “Supporter ticket” if you’d like to donate a small amount to inkLink.

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