GEN Summit digs into video, robot journalism and Hackdays

By on June 18, 2014

ONA's Jessica Strelitz and Executive Director Jane McDonnell explore the GEN Expo in Barcelona.

GEN Summit 2014 wrapped last week in Barcelona, after three days of conversations, keynotes, a startup challenge and a spirited end to the 2013-14 Editors Lab Hackdays — winner-survivor of 16 final teams was The Times.

Keynotes ranged from culinary innovator Ferran Adrià to media tech guru Amy Webb, who was joined by ONA Executive Director Jane McDonnell and ONA Board member Steve Herrmann from the BBC.

Sponsors were given the opportunity to present research and best practices and work with small groups of attendees as part of a series of Masterclasses. In the evenings, attendees were treated to unique opportunities to see the host city, from a private tour of La Pedrera, one of famed architect Antoni Gaudí magnificent structures, to celebrating the start of the World Cup at Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe.

GEN hosted several important conversations about mobile, video and data journalism, which we hope to continue at this fall’s ONA14.

Jessica Strelitz

Jessica Strelitz

As ONA's senior manager of strategic partnerships, Jessica oversees ONA’s business development strategy, including opportunities around ONA’s global conferences, events, publications and digital outreach. She’s focused on connecting leaders in digital journalism with professionals in the tech and entrepreneurial spaces – and beyond.