Hack the Documentary with the PBS Series POV

POV Hackathon is a weekend laboratory that since 2012 has provided matchmaking and mentorship for visionary nonfiction media makers and inventive technologists as they create prototypes that re-invent the documentary for the web.

POV Hackathon 5 (May 10-11, 2014) will take place in New York City at The Center for Social Innovation.

POV Hackathon has had a 100% prototype production rate, and teams have often continued to work together, premiering finished products at high-profile events such as the Tribeca Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, while other teams have attracted new funding, from organizations such as the Knight Foundation. Fast Company recently called POV Hackathon one of 2014's "most anticipated events." Don't miss your chance to participate!

About POV
Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and beginning its 27th season on PBS in 2014, the award-winning POV is the longest-running showcase on American television to feature the work of today's best independent documentary filmmakers. POV has brought more than 365 acclaimed documentaries to millions nationwide. POV films have won every major film and broadcasting award, including 32 Emmys, 17 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards® and the Prix Italia. In 2012, POV achieved a new milestone, winning five News & Documentary Emmy Awards®. Since 1988, POV has pioneered the art of presentation and outreach using independent nonfiction media to build new communities in conversation about today's most pressing social issues. Visit www.pbs.org/pov.

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The Participants' Choice Award

Teams compete against the clock, not against each other, but an award is given by participants ("The Participants' Choice Award").

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Technologists (developers, designers) to be matched onto teams of media makers.

How to enter

POV Hackathon 5 is currently only seeking technologists (developers, designers) to be matched onto teams of media makers. To apply please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/Qdma1e




Judging Criteria

  • Idea Execution
    The jury will give feedback on how well the team executed the idea, what could make it more compelling, what next steps they should undertake, or how they could have improved their presentation considering their next step may be to seek funding.