Come and Play

An audio storytelling event

San Francisco | May 13 & 14


Come and Play

Come and Play is an audio storytelling hackathon where artists, storytellers, producers, developers, designers and others come together to find new and fun ways to tell stories with audio.

Can't make it to San Francisco? Check out our sister event Audio for Good in Boston!

Get Inspired by Some Wonderful Audio Storytellers

We're currently putting together a great speaker lineup which will include radio producers, artists, data visualization editors and many more!

Ahmed Ali Akbar

Ahmed Ali Akbar is a writer and co-host of critically acclaimed BuzzFeed podcast See Something Say Something, where he invites a rotating group of guests to drink tea, tell stories, and talk about being Muslim in America. He writes and tweets about American Muslim culture, nostalgia, the immigrant experience, memes, video games and more. He has written, edited and commissioned for a yearly Ramadan series of lists, quizzes, and narrative essays at BuzzFeed. Prior to his work at BuzzFeed, he was a graduate student, teacher, and creator of the Rad Brown Dads tumblr. Follow him on twitter @radbrowndads.

Photograph: Kate Bubacz / BuzzFeed News

Lo Benichou

Lo Benichou is a multimedia journalist and interactive web developer. She currently works at WIRED. She likes data and stories. She also like coding. She tries to do all of it at once. She is also a digital security enthusiast (whatever that means).

Julia B. Chan

Julia B. Chan is a multiplatform journalist, project manager and digital strategist. She currently works at Reveal and The Center for Investigative Reporting where she develops and oversees projects that shape how news stories are published across platforms. Her job combines reporting with technology, web and audio production.

Tracy Clayton

Tracy Clayton is a writer, humorist, and co-host of the critically-acclaimed BuzzFeed podcast Another Round. She is also a contributor at Tracy tweets at @brokeymcpoverty and writes about injustices she hates, animals she loves, men she wants to marry, women she wants to be, her period, liquor, and the great city of Louisville. She has been named the 2016-2017 Ida B. Wells Media Expert-in- Residence for the Anna Julia Cooper Center of Wake Forest University, Root 100's Most Influential African-Americans and Fast Company's Most Creative People.

Photograph: Jon Premosch / BuzzFeed

Eleanor Kagan

Eleanor Kagan is BuzzFeed's Director of Audio and producer of the podcasts Another Round and See Something Say Something. Her previous work includes many live events, the Gracie Award-winning series Women of the Hour with Lena Dunham, NPR's Ask Me Another, NPR Music's Microphone Check, WFUV, and the film podcast Bonnie & Maude, for which she also served as host. She's based in Brooklyn, NY.

Photograph: Jon Premosch / BuzzFeed

Bailey Smith

Bailey holds a Master’s in Information Management and Systems from the UC Berkeley School of Information and has worked as an editor, journalist, web master and information architect. She previously worked at Yahoo and contributed to projects as a user experience researcher and designer for Code for America and Pivotal Labs. Bailey is a winner of the 2012 Knight News Challenge: Data.

Jenny Radelet

Jenny Radelet joined Midroll Media in 2015 and became Executive Producer of Original Content for Stitcher in January. Before that, she made original programming for Apple Music's live radio station, Beats 1. She started her career at KCRW, where she produced The Treatment and oversaw KCRW's Independent Producer Project.

Avery Trufelman

As one of the staff producers for the design podcast 99% Invisible, Avery Trufelman spends most of her time considering the intentions behind inanimate objects. She finds stories hidden in products we encounter every day, like fire escapes and neon signs, as well as oddities and architectural outliers around the world, from art schools in Havana to garbage trucks in Taipei.

Kawandeep Virdee

Kawandeep Virdee makes media and products that invite people to be expressive, playful, and creative. He's at Medium and is co-founder of New American Public Art.

The Projects

Please find the projects from our hackathon below:

Re-cap of the Event

Coming soon


Time Saturday, May 13 Sunday, May 14
9:00 Breakfast Breakfast
10:00 Lightning Talks Group Check In
Continue Hacking
11:00 Creative facilitation, breakout, team building, small idea sessions
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Begin Hacking
Hacking Ends
2:00 Prepare Presentation
3:00 Presentations/reviews
5:00 Wrapping up
Hackathon ends
6:00 Dinner πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰ After party! πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰
Group Check In
8:00 Hacking ends

The Team behind the hackathon

Cathy Deng

Cathy Deng is at the BuzzFeed Open Lab, engineering playful, serendipitous encounters to break people out of their usual echo chambers.

Jamica El

Jamica El is a DJ and technologist. Currently she is at the BuzzFeed Open Lab, prototyping wearable surveillance gear by embedding cameras into clothing and accessories for news gathering.

Leda Marritz

Leda Marritz is the Director of Marketing at and Pop Up Archive. She is an avid reader and podcast listener who is fascinated by the stories we tell, and how we tell them. Leda was previously the creative director for a small green infrastructure company, where she produced a podcast called Remarkable Objects about the intersection of nature and the urban environment.

Lam Thuy Vo

Lam Thuy Vo is a co-organizer of the audio hackathon and a reporter currently digging into social media data for the BuzzFeed Open Lab. Previously, she told stories about economics, social issues and web culture through words, graphics and audiovisuals for The Wall Street Journal, NPR and Al Jazeera America.

Anne Wootton

Anne Wootton is a co-organizer of the audio hackathon and the co-founder of, a full-text podcast search and discovery engine, and Pop Up Archive, a platform of simple tools to help media organizations like Radiotopia, This American Life, and the New York Public Library search and use digital audio. She is a winner of the Knight News Challenge: Data and holds a Master’s degree in Information Management and Systems from UC-Berkeley.

Come and Play is made possible by our incredible sponsors:


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