The Brown Institute’s 2021 Annual Magic Grant Showcase!

Maneesh Agrawala and Mark Hansen cordially invite you to the 2021 Magic Grant Showcase, highlighting projects from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation!

Join us for a virtual reception starting at 7:00 pm EDT (4:00 pm PDT) on October 14, 2021 to be held in a special space hosted by and designed by the Brown Institute.

The event features a unique mix of journalists and technologists, all funded through the 2020-21 Magic Grant program. The projects this year are incredibly strong.

  • One team has built an audio storytelling platform that uses geolocation to connect participants to stories of people, places, and things that they walk by.
  • Another has assembled a repository of email chains from officials in local and state governments, capturing how they addressed the COVID-19 pandemic — this database has led to almost 100 news publications.
  • One Magic Grant has built high-level abstractions for understanding and describing sports videos, specifically providing a better viewing experience for tennis matches and powerful game analyses for the athletes.
  • And still another group examined the economic consequences of COVID-19, focusing on Atlanta.

From examining the media’s role in the mass incarceration movement in the US to a new tool to support online deliberation, the 2020-2021 Magic Grants are a great mix of journalism and technology. Read about our 2020-2021 cohort of projects presenting at the showcase event.

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