• November 16–18, 2018

    SevenGrand & Capital Factory | Austin, TX

  • About CredCon

    CredCon, a technology & ideas hackathon brought to you by the Credibility Coalition and sponsored by the Facebook Journalism Project, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Knight Foundation, Hacks/Hackers and the University of Texas at Austin, aims to address the challenge of reducing misinformation online and strengthening content credibility through interdisciplinary collaboration. The event will build upon the highly popular MisinfoCon events that took place at MIT, and in London, Kyiv and Washington, DC.


    Our team is thrilled to be hosting a diverse group of participants from a variety of backgrounds. We welcome hackathon newcomers to the event, too, whether you're a designer, journalist, developer, communicator, or advocate. Thanks to our sponsors, we have a pool of limited travel and housing stipends to help subsidize the cost of attending. Stipends will be made available through the application process above.

    What We'll Be Working On

    At CredCon, we aim to host a forum where innovators from different backgrounds can explore credibility indicators and test existing indicator frameworks. Participants are free to build upon work that is already in progress, bring their own existing projects, or begin new projects.


    This event prioritizes diversity and representation, we encourage participants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to join us! We'll be addressing interdisciplinary and intersectional issues across the credibility movement.


    And of course, not every project needs to involve tech or products — teams can also work on designing programs and services, or new, thought-provoking research questions and methodologies. For example: What might a nutrition label for digital content look like? How do we create new scientific abstracts online that are more accessible to individuals outside of the scientific community? Can we create best practices for diversity and inclusion for the implementation of credibility indicator frameworks by platforms?

    CredCon Structure

    The conference will be a multi-day event packed with creative and knowledgeable speakers, workshop facilitators, and participants; it will aim to contribute ideas, working tools, and needed momentum to the growing credibility community.


    Information on how to prepare for CredCon will be sent in advance to registered participants.


    There will be a small amount of funding from Hacks/Hackers to support promising projects after the event.

  • Hackathon Agenda

    Our job is to support you in going as far as you can from where you’re starting, keeping in mind that we’re all learning together

    November 16 | Seven Grand (405 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701)

    A welcome reception and icebreakers that include an introduction to the credibility community.

    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Intros, Talks, Music, Food


    6:30 PM - 7:15 PM: MisinfoMap Icebreaker & Introductions


    7:15 PM - 7:30 PM: Quick Welcome & What to Expect


    7:30 PM - 7:40 PM: What is the Credibility Coalition?


    7:40 PM - 7:50 PM: Voices from the Field: Credibility in Newsrooms


    7:50 PM - 8:00 PM: Presenting the Credibility Challenge


    November 17 | Capital Factory (701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701)

    Speakers and optional workshops will alternate with time for hands-on learning. Collaborate on prototypes, frameworks, best practices, and innovative ideas to share at a Day 1 show and tell at closing.


    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Registration & Breakfast

    10:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Why we’re here & overview of the weekend


    10:15 AM - 10:55 AM: Speakers

    Connie Moon Sehat, Credibility Coalition

    Noah Haber, UNC

    Giacomo Boscaini-Gilroy, Logically
    Cedar Milazzo, Credibility Coalition UX Working Group

    Nat Gyenes, PATH


    11:05 AM - 11:45 AM: Group Workshop: Inclusion & Innovation

    Facilitated by: Tamika Lewis of Our Data Bodies


    11:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Coffee Break ☕️

    12:00 PM - 1:05 PM: Hackathon orientation & team icebreakers

    Overview of the weekend, 60 second pitch for each featured project, 60 second pitches, join or form a team. Featured projects are accompanied by briefs, background materials, and further details that may help you get prepared for working on them in advance of the hackathon. Check out the featured project list in the shared CredCon folder.


    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Lunch, Science Fair

    • Underlay
    • WorkBench
    • Check
    • Montage 
    • Post Facto
    • ** If you’d like to contribute a science project (dinosaurs, baking soda volcano…), or tool demo, for the science fair, email nat@hackshackers.com ASAP!

    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Hacking Time!

    Work on your projects in teams. Mentors will be available to help you with specific questions about design, development, ethics, and more.


    Optional Workshops hosted by: Underlay, Logically, Credibility Coalition, BBC Media Action


    6:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Day 1 Sharebacks


    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Working Dinner at Capital Factory


    7:30 PM - 10:00 PM: Evening activities include:

    A working cocktail party at Capital Factory,
    feel free to continue collaborating with your team or network & meet new folks


    November 18 | Capital Factory (701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701)

    Continue working with your teammates on the projects you began on Day 1! Share final presentations about what you've put together with the rest of the group. You'll have the opportunity to collaborate after this event on a short proposal with the potential for grant funding to continue your team's work.


    9:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Breakfast


    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Hacking Continued

    Optional Workshop: Mapping Efforts to Address Information Disorder, RAND & Credibility Coalition


    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch, feel free to keep hacking, check out the polaroid gallery


    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Hackathon sharebacks & calls for collaboration

    Are there groups/projects that could benefit from some time working together? Join together and create something awesome.


    2:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Collaborative hacking or finish up existing work with your team


    3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Final presentations


    5:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Closing, Next Steps


    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Optional dinner

  • FAQ

    Any other questions? Feel free to reach out below.

    Where is the event taking place?  

    Friday Reception - Announcing Soon
    Sat & Sun Hackathon - We are being hosted by Capital Factory (
    701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701)

    How can I participate?

    Participation is by application and applications close on November 2nd. We will notify applicants whether we are able to accept them by November 5th

    Where can I learn more about credibility before the event?

    We're in the process of putting together a document with resources that might be helpful for you. Feel free to reach out with any questions, or if you have ideas about important information that we can add to that document!

    I want to participate, but I don’t know how to code. Can I join?

    Come! Coding skills are not necessary. Bring your passion and ideas! If you’d like to join in on developing or building products, we’ll have tech support teams. As well as idea-based project groups that we’d love for you to participate in.

    What should I bring?

    Bring your excitement, interest in learning new topics, skills, and ideas for contributing to the credibility movement! Also, a water bottle :)

  • Contact Us

    Any more questions? Feel free to send us a message.