Sub-Saharan Africa’s first newsroom Hackday takes place this weekend in Cape Town
(September 6 -7, 2013), organised by +Global Editors Network +African Media Initiative (AMI)
and +Google Africa 14 teams from across South Africa will compete to build the most innovative news-driven mobile app or website
, with expert support from the initiative’s sponsors and organisers.
Each 3-person team will consist of a journalist, a designer and a developer
. They will use public data or other content to build mobile apps or digital tools that help audiences become ‘active citizens’ by better understanding or engaging with the world around them.
Media24, is sending separate teams from its Media24 Digital News, Media24 Magazines Digital Division, +News24.com
divisions. Other media who are sending teams include BDFM (the publishers of +BDlive
Business Day and Financial Mail), the Cape Times, Daily Maverick, the Eyewitness News (from +Talk Radio 702
and +567 CapeTalk
), the Oxpeckers Center for Environmental Investigative Journalism, +SABC
Digital News, the South African Press Association (Sapa), the Sunday Times, and West Cape News. The Johannesburg chapter of digital newsroom pioneers, Hacks/Hackers, is also sending a team.
Preliminary ideas submitted by teams range from mobile apps to help citizens report corruption / bribes or potholes, to tools for helping citizens track election promises made by politicians, and tools for choosing schools and then monitoring their performance.
The best projects built at the hackathon will be in line to win R20,000 in cash, as well as tickets to the next GEN Summit in Barcelona, Spain, in June 2014. There, the South Africa winners will compete against their counterparts from around the world, at the annual Editors Lab Hackathon.#EditorsLab #Code4Africa