The New York Times
The Big Idea
The New York Times has a yearly tradition of “Maker Week,” a weeklong hackathon when people form teams across departments to work on a product idea.
Our team came up with the concept of localized news, which we called TLocal. And within a week—when we managed to find time away from our day-to-day work 🙂 —we built a standalone web app to demonstrate this idea in two ways:
1) News Near You: The app displays news based on users’ GPS location.
2) News from elsewhere: Users choose a place on a map, and the app displays news from that location.
Ultimately, we believe this could be a feature of the NYT mobile and web app experience.
The app can also extend to additional features such as reviews and augmented reality (AR)