November 16, 2015 Press Releases and Announcements

ICYMI:, Georgetown IPPS team up to Hack The Debate

by GU Politics



ICYMI:, Georgetown IPPS partner for Hack The Debate

Programming talent, innovation on display at hackathon

"IJ has figured it out … to have the conversation about political engagement with young people on their terms, using their tools, using their language...This is a cutting-edge company trying new things, not pretending it has all the answers but coming to young people, coming to students, coming to Georgetown students and asking them to come up with a solution.” - Georgetown IPPS Executive Director Mo Elleithee


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Alexandria, VA - and the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service partnered up recently for Hack the Debate, a hackathon bringing together teams in digital, technology, and journalism to compete and pitch ideas on how to bring millennials and larger numbers of Americans into the presidential debate process. Founder and CEO Alex Skatell stated, “I think anytime you have an opportunity to reach as many people as these debates do – 24 million people watched the first debate, more than watched the World Series – not listening to my generation's ideas on how to make it a better process is a missed opportunity.”

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Hack the Debate panel participants included Gerritt Lansing and Matt Compton, the Digital Directors from the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee respectively; Digital Content Next CEO Jason Kint; Account Executive for U.S. Politics at Google Steve JohnstonSean Evins, Twitter Government and Politics; and Paul Singer, USA Today Washington Correspondent.

The judging panel at Hack the Debate was comprised of Robin Sproul, Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief at ABC News; Peter Cherukuri, Executive Vice President for Advertising and Business Development at Politico; Katie Harbath, Director of Public Policy at Facebook; and Carl Sceusa, Chief Technology Officer at is the digital media partner with ABC News for the February 6th 2016 Republican debate in New Hampshire. For more information about's Tech Team, click here.

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