Photo Bingo

Create a mobile application which could be used by a news organization to involve their audience in covering a festival while having fun.

Most media markets have one or more major annual multi-day events such as music or food festivals. These are often a place where a community comes together and defines itself, and a media organization which wants to be part of that community will often invest a lot of effort to document the event before, during and after.

Also, media organizations often make word-based bingo cards for watching the Oscars, or debates. In fact, Medill MSJ Steve Melendez has created an open-source kit for generating bingo cards.

Imagine creating a similar application, but integrated with mobile devices which have cameras. To claim a space on the board, a player would snap a photo which shows or embodies the phrase in the word space. With proper curation/oversight, the photos collected could be used “user generated content” for event coverage.

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Results from the project

Faculty and Staff Leads

Joe Germuska

Chief Nerd

Joe runs Knight Lab’s technology, professional staff and student fellows. Before joining us, Joe was on the Chicago Tribune News Apps team. Also, he hosts a weekly radio show on WNUR-FM – Conference of the Birds.


Sabreen Ali

Stephanie Bernstein

Aishwarya Chenji

Eshan Tarneja

Jasmine Teng