Editors Lab: Jury and presenters

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The jury


Evangéline de Bourgoing

Global Editors Network programme director
Evangéline is the GEN Programme Director. Before joining GEN, she has worked at Radio France and Axel Springer and has graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, La Sorbonne and ESSEC Business School.


Henare Degan

OpenAustralia Foundation
Henare is a civic and democracy hacker at the OpenAustralia Foundation, a pioneering charity whose vision is to transform democracy in Australia. The websites they create have been used as the foundation for some of Australia’s best data journalism projects, including those created by The Global Mail for their Powerhouse political investigation and analysis site. Despite appearances he spends more time decoding government jargon into plain language than writing software. In his spare time he has also been known to be the hacker in a few Hacks/Hackers relationships.


Kate Golden

Walkley Foundation multimedia manager
Kate Golden is the Walkleys’ multimedia manager and is managing the Walkleys’ Editors Lab. Before her recent arrival in Australia, she produced and directed award-winning long-form investigative multimedia and data projects at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, a leader in the U.S. non-profit news landscape. Many of these projects were collaborations across newsrooms. Her project to transform investigative environmental reporting into sculpture won one of the first Knight Foundation INNovation grants and resulted in a week-long road trip to talk about water issues in small towns with a life-sized half-cow. In the Midwest she lectured and mentored journalism students as an honorary faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and volunteered for years as a host and reporter for a community radio station. She is passionate about freedom of information, public service journalism and the ocean.


Jonathan Richards

Google Creative Lab team lead
Jonathan Richards is a former Guardian journalist, now at Google’s Creative Lab, in Sydney, where he works on projects which explore new ways to create compelling user experiences on the web. Many of the Lab’s pieces involve collaborations with cultural organisations experimenting with new forms of digital practice.

Previously he was at the Guardian newspaper in London where he ran the Interactive team—a group of designers, developers, film-makers and editors producing bespoke editorial content and apps, including the Walkley-winning Firestorm.

Prior to that he was an editor, writer, and developer at the Times of London.

He lectures on new forms of story-telling all around the world, and was one of the founders of Hacks / Hackers in London. He is an occasional teacher, and an unapologetic Rubyist. He also plays trumpet— rather more scrappily than he used to.



Luke Bacon

OpenAustralia Foundation
Luke Bacon makes things a little easier for people who want to improve their society as a designer, developer, and all-round hacker at the OpenAustralia Foundation. He joined the team in 2014 to design They Vote For You and make your MP’s record of votes in parliament clearer and more useful to you.

Since fumbling together some HTML to publish mixtapes in university, Luke has been captured by the power of the Web to give people access to information, art and each other. From 2011 Luke ran the design partnership Collagraph, creating websites and communication strategies for small businesses and organisations. He also taught sound production to journalism and film students at the University of Technology Sydney, and briefly—but with slightly overwhelming zeal—taught the history and basics of HTML to unsuspecting design students.

In 2013 Luke co-founded the independent journalism and archival project Detention Logs. The project was launched with The Guardian, New Matilda, and The Global Mail to publish thousands of pages of evidence of the conditions in Australia’s immigration detention facilities. Luke has presented civic tech projects and ideas at the TICTeC Conference in the UK and the Australian Society of Archivists Conference in Christchurch, NZ.


Mac Bryla

Tableau Software senior sales consultant
Mac Bryla is a business technologist with passion for innovation, creativity and critical thinking. As a consultant at Tableau he helps customers unleash their human potential through the use of data and innovative visual analytics tools. You can contact him on Twitter: @macbryla

Patrick Crooks

Patrick is a leader in corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. He has led 3 ventures that have each grown to over $100Mil, has consulted to execs in 15 countries. He is the Founder of Fusion Labs, and Chair of Fishburners, Australia’s largest startup community. He has studied strategy and entrepreneurship at Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley.

Patrick is a leader in corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. Patrick is the Founder and CEO of Fusion Labs and is a passionate supporter of the start up community, as evidenced by his position as Chair of Fishburners, Australia’s largest startup community. His track record includes three ventures that have each grown to over $100Mil and he has consulted to executives in 15 countries. He has studied strategy and entrepreneurship at Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley.

Fusion Labs enables large companies to innovate like world leading entreprenuers, within their corporate environment. Fusion Labs helps build capabilities through training, mentoring and innovation tools. They have also run over 20 innovation labs in the last year to help top ASX listed companies find the next multi-million dollar opportunity.