Mecklenburg County and the Knight School of Communication at Queens present Hackathon 13.

Mecklenburg County Opens Its Data for a Hackathon

For the first time in its history, Mecklenburg County government is organizing a regional hackathon to provide programmers and digital storytellers with resources to transform publicly available datasets into useful tools for citizens. The hackathon will focus on new ways to introduce county resources to newcomers and citizens, relying on open datasets that include historic […]

Students Kel Gober, Frederick Toribio, TJ Myers, John Adams and Jonuel Rivera of the 'SS Boys' in December 2012.

Studio 345 Produces Young Talent

An after-school program to teach digital multimedia skills to Charlotte high school students is attracting high praise from a national leader in youth development. Launched by the Charlotte Arts and Science Council and based at Spirit Square, Studio 345 seeks to repeat a successful formula created by Bill Strickland at the National Center for Arts […]

Thomas Cole, librarian and historian with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Discover Charlotte History, Virtually

Search engines simplify the process of researching local and city history. But they raise the question of how we know what is authentic — what is fact and what is fiction? Thomas Cole, a Charlotte historian and librarian in the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room in the main branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, offers invaluable advice […]

Molly Shaw, executive director of Communities in Schools, celebrates a grant from the Knight Foundation at a Queens University commencement address in Charlotte.

‘Flash Philanthropy’ Experiment Uses Digital Media to Engage Community

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation surprised students at a recent Charlotte graduation ceremony when it asked them to use digital media to decide the recipient of a significant foundation gift. As Eric Newton, senior advisor to the president of Knight Foundation, delivered a May 3 commencement address at Queens University of Charlotte, […]

Cyril Prabhu is leading a Charlotte-based initiative to help children whose parents are in prison. Image by Maggie Shiflett.

Coding New Hope for Inmates’ Kids

A Charlotte community organizer is teaming up with a technology developer, a university, a prison, and churches in four cities to change the future for 450 children in North and South Carolina. Every child has a story, says Cyril Prabhu, and a community can shift the path of that story toward hope. Prabhu founded a […]